Boston Red Sox Fire Pitching Coach Bob McClure, According To Report

April 8, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure (22) during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Red Sox fired pitching coach Bob McClure Monday.

In the midst of a disappointing season, the Boston Red Sox made a change to their coaching staff Monday, firing pitching coach Bob McClure, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

McClure was in his first season as Boston's pitching coach. Assistant pitching coach Randy Niemann is expected to take over the role for the rest of the season.

The Red Sox are currently 23rd in the Major Leagues in team ERA at 4.30 and are 11th out of 14 teams in the American League. Entering the season, the Red Sox rotation looked strong with Josh Beckett and Jon Lester leading the way. Both, however, have struggled in 2012, each posting an ERA above 5.00. A year after he posted a 2.89 ERA in 30 starts, Beckett has a 5.23 ERA this season.

With a record of 59-63, Boston is currently 13.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and 7.5 games back in the wild-card race.

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