Red Sox set to hire Curt Young as new pitching coach

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Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will hire Curt Young as their new pitching coach.

Young was the A’s pitching coach for the past six seasons, but reportedly turned down a 40 percent raise to remain in Oakland. Instead he’ll head to Boston to replace John Farrell, who left the Red Sox to last month to become the Blue Jays’ manager.

Oakland led the AL in ERA this season and finished among the league’s top six in run prevention every year under Young, so he brings a pretty solid track record to Boston. He also worked with Red Sox manager Terry Francona when they were both members of the A’s organization back in 2003.

Yesterday the A’s promoted bullpen coach Ron Romanick as Young’s replacement.

Yasiel Puig just blew Game 7 of the NLCS wide open

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So much for a Game 7 nail-biter. The Brewers and Dodgers were separated by just one run for the first five innings of Saturday’s NLCS finale, but a monster three-run shot from Yasiel Puig boosted the Dodgers to a four-run advantage in the top of the sixth.

The timing couldn’t have been better for Los Angeles. Brewers’ left-hander Josh Hader entered the game in the third inning and dominated the opposition for three scoreless innings, then was replaced on the mound by fellow lefty Xavier Cedeño. Cedeño promptly issued a leadoff single to Max Muncy to start the sixth and, just as promptly, was lifted for right-hander Jeremy Jeffress. After giving up another base hit to Justin Turner, it looked like Jeffress turned a corner. He induced a fly out from Manny Machado, then got Cody Bellinger to ground into a force out to shift the Dodgers’ runners to the corners with two outs.

That didn’t faze Puig, however. After appearing in 10 playoff games without a single home run, the outfielder blasted a 1-1 knuckle curve to center field to pad the Dodgers’ lead.

With three innings left to play, it’s still too soon to say whether or not the Dodgers just punched their ticket to the World Series. They lead the Brewers 5-1 in the seventh.