As first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM Radio, the Red Sox are preparing to name Bob McClure as their next pitching coach.
McClure was a major league pitcher from 1975-1993, posting a 3.81 career ERA over 1158-plus innings. He joined the coaching ranks in 1999, first serving as a pitching instructor in the Rockies organization before moving on to the position of big league pitching coach in Kansas City. The Royals fired him in September of this year after six years on the job.
McClure will be replacing Curt Young, who was let go by the Red Sox soon after the departure of manager Terry Francona. Boston posted a 4.20 team ERA in 2011, which ranked 22nd in the major leagues.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.