Red Sox to interview Mike Maddux and Sandy Alomar Jr.

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Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. are the Red Sox’s next interviewees, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.

Texas and Cleveland both granted permission for the interviews, which come on the heels of Boston speaking to Philadelphia bench coach Pete Mackanin earlier this week.

Alomar previously expressed interest in replacing Ozzie Guillen with the White Sox, but never actually got an interview in Chicago. Maddux is also speaking to the Cubs about replacing Mike Quade, which means the Red Sox may end up fighting Theo Epstein over him.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.