October 28, 2012

Major League Notebook: Lovullo follows Farrell to Boston

The Associated Press

BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox named Torey Lovullo as bench coach under new manager John Farrell.

The team made the announcement Friday, six days after Farrell was picked to succeed the fired Bobby Valentine.

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.

 

ROYALS: Pitcher Chris Volstad was claimed on outright waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

The 26-year-old right-hander made 21 starts and finished 3-12, with a 6.31 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 111-1/3 innings.

 

WHITE SOX: Three front-office executives were promoted.

Rick Hahn, who has been with the team since 2000, became senior vice president/general manager. Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf also tabbed Howard Pizer as senior executive vice president, and longtime senior vice president/general manager Ken Williams was promoted to executive vice president.

 

PADRES: Right-handers Dustin Moseley and Tim Stauffer became free agents after clearing outright waivers. Both were on the 60-day disabled list.

Stauffer had surgery to repair tendon damage in his pitching elbow Aug. 31.

Moseley had season-ending shoulder surgery in late April.

 

DODGERS: Carl Crawford finally joined Los Angeles two months after the blockbuster trade from Boston that left him as the forgotten $100 million man. He had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow two days before the Aug. 25 trade that shook up both teams. The left fielder never suited up for the Dodgers and went home to Houston to rehab, while new acquisitions Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett quickly made their presence felt.

 

WORLD SERIES: The Giants' 2-0 shutout of the Detroit Tigers drew a record-low television rating for Game 2 of the World Series.

Thursday night's game on Fox earned a 7.8 fast national rating and 12 share, down 12 percent from last year's St. Louis-Texas matchup. The previous low was an 8.1 for the 2008 Philadelphia -Tampa Bay series.

Fox said the rating was up 3 percent from the Giants' rout in Game 1 on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers-Vikings game on NFL Network went up against the World Series for the first time and had 5.2 million viewers, not including fans in the Tampa and Minneapolis areas who watched simulcasts on local channels. That's down from a season average of 7.1 million.

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