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October 27, 2012

Red Sox name Lovullo bench coach under Farrell


Newburyport Daily News

---- — BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have named Torey Lovullo as bench coach under new manager John Farrell.

The team made the announcement on Friday, six days after Farrell was named manager after the Red Sox went 69-93 in their only season under Bobby Valentine, who was fired the day after it ended.

Lovullo, 47 was Toronto’s first base coach the past two seasons when Farrell managed the Blue Jays. In 2010, Lovullo was manager of Boston’s Triple-A team at Pawtucket. Before that, he managed from 2002-09 in the Cleveland system. Farrell was director of player development for the Indians from 2002-06.

Lovullo is the first coach named by Boston since Farrell was hired. He succeeds Tim Bogar, who spent four seasons as a Red Sox coach, the last as bench coach.

World Series notes

Detroit right-hander Doug Fister pitched remarkably in Game 2 of the World Series, taking a shutout bid into the seventh inning after being hit in the head by a line drive in the second.

Although he showed few ill effects from that scary moment, the Tigers were still keeping an eye on him.

“He will be checked out,” manager Jim Leyland said Friday. “We will take care of everything.”

A team spokesman later said trainer Kevin Rand had pronounced Fister fine. Leyland felt comfortable enough about Fister’s prognosis that he joked a bit about flying back to Detroit with the pitcher.

“He was sitting right behind his folks and I had a nice conversation with him,” Leyland said. “I’m a little worried about him because this morning he didn’t remember our conversation — no, I’m just kidding.”

San Francisco finally scored in the seventh inning and went on to win 2-0 on Thursday night. The Giants lead the series by that same count.

Although Fister was unable to protect himself very well from Gregor Blanco’s line drive, it may have dealt enough of a glancing blow that he avoided a major injury. The ball struck Fister just above the right ear and ricocheted into short center field for a single.

“I think he’s fine because I did talk to him,” Leyland said. “I’m serious now. I did talk to him on the plane last night, and he seemed fine. He’s a little sore, but there didn’t appear to be anything that looked alarming like loss of memory. He looked fine, his eyes looked fine, and the trainers have checked him out, so I think he’s fine.”

WEATHER WORRIES?: After picture-perfect conditions in San Francisco, the World Series moves to Detroit, where it was already a bit chilly on the field yesterday afternoon.

High temperatures are expected to be in the low 50s this weekend, when Games 3 and 4 will be played at Comerica Park. It could be even colder for Game 5 on Monday.

“Playing in cold weather, I don’t think any baseball player is a stranger to it,” Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. “More than half the teams have to play at the beginning of the season in cold weather, and obviously in the postseason. Unless you’re in a dome, it’s going to be somewhat cold. That’s just the way it is.”

Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco’s Game 3 starter, has a similar attitude.

“It’s the World Series. You can’t be worried about how cold it is,” he said. “I threw a game in Chicago last year where it was 34 degrees, and it was raining and sleeting, and I threw the ball pretty well that night.”

Another issue that could pop up is Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to come ashore on the East Coast early next week. Detroit isn’t exactly bracing for that storm, but it’s never clear how widespread the effects will be.

“We evaluate games day by day and have not heard of any issues thus far regarding games here in Detroit,” said Pat Courtney of Major League Baseball.