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Red Sox To Name Bob McClure As Next Pitching Coach

The Red Sox said earlier this week that they hope to have their coaching staff in place before the Christmas Holiday. After announcing that Jerry Royster would be the team's new third base coach with Tim Bogar moving to bench coach, the team has also reportedly found their next pitching coach.

According to multiple sources, the Red Sox will name current minor league pitching coordinator Bob McClure as the their new pitching coach under manager Bobby Valentine. McClure will replace Curt Young, who left the team after one season to return Oakland to be their pitching coach once again.

McClure came to the Red Sox following the 2011 season after he was fired by the Kansas City Royals after serving six seasons as their pitching coach. During his six seasons there, McClure was able to help Zack Greinke win the 2009 A.L. Cy Young award and has developed Joakim Soria as one of the game's elite closers.

With McClure in the fold, the Sox only need to find a first base coach to replace Rob Johnson in order to complete their 2012 coaching staff.

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