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Red Sox add coaches, pick up Sale and Kimbrel options

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Red Sox add coaches, pick up Sale and Kimbrel options

The day after the conclusion of the World Series was a busy one for the Red Sox, including the announcement of some of new manager Alex Cora's coaching staff and picking up the contract options on Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel.

Former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will be Cora's bench coach, former Double-A Portland manager Carlos Febles will be third-base coach and Tom Goodwin will be first-base coach. Dana LeVangie remains bullpen coach. The hitting and pitching coach vacancies remain to be filled.

Roenicke was 342-331 and led Milwaukee to the National League Central title in 2011 as Brewers manager from 2011-15. Goodwin, a former outfielder, had been the Mets first-base coach since 2011. Febles, a former infielder, has been a Sox minor league manager and coach since 2007.

The 2018 options for lefty ace Sale ($12.5 million) and closer Kimbrel ($13 million) were picked up, while the Sox parted ways with lefty reliever Robbie Ross Jr. and infielder Josh Rutledge when they were outrighted from the 40-man roster and chose to become free agents. Joining them as free agents from the 2017 Sox are lefty reliever Fernando Abad, righty relievers Blaine Boyer and Addison Reed, outfielders Rajai Davis and Chris Young, righty starter Doug Fister, first baseman Mitch Moreland and infielder Eduardo Nunez. 

Minor league outfielder Bryce Brentz and lefty reliever Williams Jerez were added to the major league roster. Brentz, 28, hit 31 homers and had 85 RBI at Triple-A Pawtucket and Jerez, 25 had a 3.27 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings, primarily with Portland.  

Also, infielder Marco Hernandez, right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg and knuckleballer Steven Wright were activated off the 60-day disabled list.

NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: J.D. Martinez says he's 'absolutely' open to long-term deal with Red Sox

NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: J.D. Martinez says he's 'absolutely' open to long-term deal with Red Sox

(1:20) On Monday J.D. Martinez told reporters that he is ‘absolutely’ open to a long-term deal with the Red Sox. Evan Drellich joins Arbella Early Edition from the All-Star game and gives his opinion on whether the Red Sox could get a long-term deal done with J.D.

(7:30) Dan Shaughnessy and Evan Drellich react to the Red Sox placing Eduardo Rodriguez on the 10-day D.L. They discuss how this injury will impact the Red Sox at the trade deadline, and what possible moves they think they can make. 

(14:00) The Patriots had 0 players on ESPN’s “best under-25” list. Albert Breer and Phil Perry react to the list, and discuss whether Patriots fans should be worried about the future of the team.

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Harper wins HR Derby over Schwarber in thrilling fashion

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Harper wins HR Derby over Schwarber in thrilling fashion

WASHINGTON - Bryce Harper thrilled the home crowd and surely made his father proud, winning the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night with an exceptional display of power that carried him past Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs 19-18.

Harper hit the contest-winning blast in extra time, the reward for hitting two homers at least 440 feet during the 4 minutes of regulation. After he connected with the game winner, the Washington Nationals slugger threw his bat in the air and pointed both index fingers toward the sky as a shower of streamers rained upon the crowd of 43,698.

Harper arranged to have his father, Ron, pitch to him in the annual contest on the eve of the All-Star Game. Harper, a six-time NL All-Star, responded with a performance that drew the loudest cheers of the night.

Wearing a headband that resembled the District of Columbia flag and displaying a right sleeve with stars and stripes, Harper trailed 18-9 with 1:20 left before rallying.

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