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Juan Nieves to be Red Sox pitching coach

Juan Nieves
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Juan Nieves

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- The Red Sox have selected White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves to become their next pitching coach.

The news is a bit of a surprise given an ESPN report that Baltimore minor league pitching director Rick Peterson was the favorite.

The Red Sox also considered Marlins pitching coach Randy St. Claire and Royals executive Steve Foster, a former bullpen coach.

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Nieves, 47, spent five years in Chicago working under respected pitching coach Don Cooper. He was a pitching coach in the White Sox system for the nine years prior to that. He also spent four years coaching in the Yankees organization.

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Nieves graduated from Avon Old Farms in Connecticut before pitching parts of three seasons in the majors.

Jon Heyman of CBS  Sports had the news first.