Thursday November 17, 2011 | 05:17 AM

While the Boston Red Sox keep looking for a manager - with reports that Dale Sveum is going to the Cubs, and Pete Mackanin is out of the running - they can also cross off one possibility for pitching coach.

Mike Cather, a Portland Sea Dogs pitching coach from 2007-09, and then a major league advance scout for Boston the past two seasons, has left the Red Sox.

Cather has been named the pitching coordinator (i.e. minor league roving instructor) for the San Diego Padres.

It was thought that Cather might have been a pitching coach candidate in Boston because of his work in Portland with Clay Buchholz and Daniel Bard.

As for the managers search, the Sox candidates are down to Tory Lovullo, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Gene Lamont - unless Ben Cherington and Co. open up the search some more.

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