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Red Sox choose LeVangie for pitching coach


Red Sox choose LeVangie for pitching coach

Dana LeVangie, the Red Sox bullpen coach under John Farrell, is their choice to be their next pitching coach, the team announced Wednesday.

LeVangie, 48, of Whitman, Mass., has been Red Sox bullpen coach since 2013, Farrell's first season as manager. The former Red Sox minor league catcher was also served as a bullpen catcher from 1997-2004, scout and catching instructor in the Sox organization. 

The pitching coach position was one of the final vacancies on new Sox manager Alex Cora's staff. Cora, the former Houston Astros bench coach and Red Sox utility infielder, was introduced as Boston's manager on Monday, replacing Farrell. 

Former Red Sox infielder Ramon Vazquez, the player traded by the Red Sox to Cleveland Indians in 2005 for Cora, was named "quality control" coach. 

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.