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Red Sox fire pitching coach Bob McClure

Niemann is new pitching coach

In what can be interpreted as a show of support for manager Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox on Monday fired pitching coach Bob McClure.

General manager Ben Cherington said the decision was based on performance. That Red Sox starting pitchers have a 4.82 earned run average, the fourth-worst in the American League, certainly provided ample cause.

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