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Red Sox make Chili Davis hire official, announce Victor Rodriguez will return as assistant hitting coach 10.23.14 at 4:50 pm ET
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The Red Sox officially announced the hire of Chili Davis as their new hitting coach Thursday. In addition, the team announced that Victor Rodriguez would return for his third season as the team’s assistant hitting coach.

Davis spent the last three seasons as the hitting coach for the Athletics, who finished third in the American League in runs each of the last two season. As a player, Davis ranked seventh all-time among switch hitters in both home runs (350) and RBIs (1,372). He previously worked in the Red Sox organization in 2011, when he was the hitting coach for Triple-A Pawtucket.

“Chili’s experience and success as both a player and a coach make him a valuable addition to our staff, and we are excited to have him working with our hitters,” John Farrell said in a statement.

Rodriguez has spent the past 20 years in the Red Sox organization, serving in various roles in the minors before becoming the Red Sox’ assistant hitting coach in 2013.

“We look forward to having Victor return to the staff,” Farrell said. “In his time here, he has built strong relationships with our younger players, some of which date back to his days working in our minor league system.”

For more on Davis and his potential impact on the Red Sox, check out this column from Alex Speier.

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Red Sox offseason (and World Series) live chat, Tuesday at noon 10.21.14 at 9:54 am ET
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The significance of the World Series has become two-fold: It’s the culmination of the baseball season and it’s the prelude to the offseason. Take stock of both with Alex Speier of WEEI.com in his live chat on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. Get your questions in now!

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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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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.

For more from the game, click here.

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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Live Chat: Rob Bradford talks all things baseball, 1 p.m. 10.10.14 at 7:20 am ET
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Join Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss the Red Sox offseason, the MLB playoffs, or anything else baseball-related. It all begins at 1 p.m. Friday, so get your questions in now …

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Poll: What role should Daniel Nava have for the 2015 Red Sox? 10.09.14 at 10:45 am ET
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Daniel Nava ranked in the top 15 in the majors in batting average and OBP against righties over the final four months of the 2014 season. (Getty Images)

Daniel Nava ranked in the top 10 in the majors in batting average and OBP against righties over the final four months of the 2014 season. (Getty Images)

While Daniel Nava spent the first two months of 2014 struggling in the big leagues while shuttling to and from Triple-A, he enjoyed a strong final four months of the year, hitting .323 with a .395 OBP against right-handed pitchers from June through the end of the season. Yet the fact that he was sent down, and the Sox’ obvious need to upgrade their offense following a season in which they ranked among the worst in the American League at scoring runs, creates an expectation of change. Asked if he had a sense of his fit for the organization, Nava acknowledged that he’s unsure where he fits in the Sox’ plans for 2015.

“Yes and no,” Nava said of whether he knew his role going forward. “Yes for now, based off where I am and the situation where we are. But for next year, I think everyone knows there’s a lot of moving pieces that are going to take place, between our need for pitching, the outfield with guys returning, stuff like that. My guess is, if I were to venture what it would mean, it would mean that things have to play themselves out.

“I hope it would mean that I have a track record that’s proven I can be a part of this team next year, a valuable part, but a lot of that is probably going to be determined based on what they need and what they can get,” said Nava. “The [team's decision makers] probably know better than I do, and even they probably don’t know how things are going to play out. I hope that it’s proven that I can contribute, but just because maybe next year things don’t work out the way I want them to doesn’t mean I can’t [contribute].”

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