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Live Chat: Talking Red Sox/offseason with Rob Bradford, noon

10.20.14 at 6:40 am ET
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Join Rob Bradford of WEEI.com for a live chat to talk all things Red Sox, offseason, postseason or anything else. It all starts at noon Monday, so get your questions in now …

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Source: Red Sox hire Chili Davis to become hitting coach

10.19.14 at 6:11 pm ET
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According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with Chili Davis to become their next hitting coach.

Davis, who worked as the hitting coach for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox in 2011, has been the Oakland A’s hitting coach for the past three seasons. Though the A’s finished third in the AL in runs per game (4.5) under Davis this year, the team’s offense went into a tailspin in the final two months of the season, likely contributing to the A’s willingness to let the Sox talk to Davis, at a time when he remained under contract with Oakland.

The Sox chose Davis from a pool that also included Red Sox hitting coordinator Tim Hyers, Red Sox Double-A hitting coach Rich Gedman, Angels hitting coordinator Paul Sorrento and former Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller.

UPDATED (9:13 p.m.): According to one source, with Davis on board, the Red Sox will conduct interviews for the position of assistant hitting coach starting this week, with the team wanting to get the input of Davis on making that hire to ensure a comfortable working relationship with whomever is chosen. Davis does have a prior history with Victor Rodriguez, who was the Red Sox’ assistant hitting coach in 2013 and 2014, after serving as hitting coordinator for several seasons prior to that — including 2011, when Rodriguez was the minor league hitting coordinator at a time when Davis was the hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket.

The current candidate pool (and whether it includes Rodriguez) for the assistant hitting coach position remains unknown, though it is believed that the Sox may talk with some of the individuals who were candidates for the position of hitting coach about the assistant position.

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Clay Buchholz’s wife confirms nude photos of her were hacked

10.16.14 at 12:09 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz‘s wife confirmed reports that nude photos of her were stolen by hackers.

Talking to TMZ on Wednesday, Lindsay Clubine, a former game show model, said the photos — which were intended only for her husband — were accessed from Buchholz’s phone.

“This is a terrible crime,” she said, adding: “I have my attorneys removing the pictures. This is very upsetting to my family and I.”

She made it clear she doesn’t hold the pitcher responsible.

“Clay and I are good. I sent him pictures on the road,” she explained.

Clubine also told TMZ that some other more explicit photos making the rounds are not of her, as some have claimed.

“There are pics on his phone that [a teammate] sent some of the guys that are NOT me,” she said.

Clubine, who married Buchholz in 2009, initially vented her frustration in a tweet Tuesday, writing: A woman should be able to send her husband pics of herself with out fear of the whole world seeing them! iCloud hackers should be ashamed!!

News of the hacking scandal first broke in early September. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and his girlfriend, model Kate Upton, were among those victimized. Some victims, such as actress Gabrielle Union, who is married to NBA star Dwyane Wade, reached out to the FBI for assistance. Clubine would not say if she planned to take a similar approach.

“We’re taking all the necessary measures,” she said.

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Royals close out sweep of Orioles to advance to World Series

10.15.14 at 7:12 pm ET
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For the first time since 1985, the Royals advanced to the World Series, completing a four-game sweep of the Orioles with a 2-1 victory. Greg Holland’s retired J.J. Hardy on a groundout with the tying run on first in the top of the ninth to punch Kansas City’s ticket to the Fall Classic. The Royals have reeled off eight straight postseason wins to open the playoffs this year.

As has been the case through much of the postseason, the Royals proved opportunistic in their ALCS victory. Kansas City scored its two runs in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI fielder’s choice and error when Jonathan Schoop’s attempt to cut down a runner advancing from third with one out was kicked out of the glove of catcher Caleb Joseph by Alcides Escobar. Both Escobar and Nori Aoki scored on the play. From there, starter Jason Vargas limited the O’s to one run in 5 1/3 innings, while the bullpen trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland delivered 3 2/3 shutout innings, thanks in part to more spectacular defense from the Royals.

Kansas City will now wait to see if it will remain in-state to play the Cardinals in a potential rematch of the 1985 World Series (won by Kansas City in seven games) or if they’ll take on the Giants.

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Live Chat: Talk with Alex Speier about Red Sox and the offseason at noon

10.14.14 at 7:39 am ET
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Join Alex Speier of WEEI.com to talk about the Red Sox offseason, the farm system, the playoffs or anything else that seems largely baseball related at noon on Tuesday. Line up your questions now!

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Mike Napoli slated to undergo surgery for sleep disorder

10.14.14 at 12:22 am ET
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According to Mike Napoli, the first baseman will be undergoing Bimaxillary Advancement surgery in order to help alleviate his long-standing battle with sleep apnea. (To read more on the operation, click here.)

The procedure is slated to be performed Nov. 4.

“I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career,” Napoli wrote in a text to WEEI.com. “I’ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines … It’s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done.”

Despite significant injuries to his finger, toe and back, Napoli will not undergo any other surgical procedures other than the one to correct his sleep disorder.

Torey Lovullo no longer in running for Rangers job

10.13.14 at 10:33 pm ET
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According to a major league source, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo has been told he is longer under consideration for the Texas Rangers managing job. Also being told they were no longer under consideration for the position was former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora.

Lovullo is still being considered by the Minnesota Twins for their vacant managerial position.

The Red Sox bench coach has interviewed for three managing jobs this offseason, having also met with the Houston Astros prior to the hiring of A.J. Hinch.

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