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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.

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

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.

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