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Red Sox likely to name Rick Peterson as new pitching coach

The Boston Red Sox are expected to announce a new pitching coach on Tuesday, and Peterson is reportedly considered the favorite.

Jared Wickerham

The Boston Red Sox are expected to name a new pitching coach on Tuesday and early indicators show that Rick Peterson has a strong chance of being named to the position.

According to a report by Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, manager John Farrell is heavily pushing for Peterson to get the job. Citing a source in the organization, Peterson had an impressive showing in a Saturday meeting with Farrell, general manager Ben Cherington, CEO Larry Lucchino and vice president/assistant general manger Mike Hazen.

As of this time, it is believed that Peterson is one of four candidates still vying for the job, with the only other public candidate being Juan Nieves, who is currently working as the bullpen coach for the Chicago White Sox.

Peterson acted as Farrell's pitching coach while he was working his way through Cleveland's minor-league system and credited him for aiding his progression to the major leagues.

The 58-year-old coach was most recently employed as the pitching coordinator for the Baltimore Orioles. He has acted as the pitching coach for the Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers.