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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ruben Amaro Jr. had one of the best views in the house of a Boston Red Sox team on the brink of something special.Amaro just wished he could have stuck around another season as first base coach to watch the Red Sox play in the World Series.As he prepares to moonlight as an actor on the 1980-something sitcom “The Goldbergs http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authen ... ang-jersey ,” Amaro is keeping a close eye on his old ballclub.“It’s tough to watch and I’m absolutely rooting for them,” Amaro said Thursday. “I’d love to be a part of it. I still feel like a part of that family. You get close to the players, the people in the front office, the staff. I still email and text them regularly. No animosity toward the organization at all. Things have to change sometimes. It’s just unfortunate I’m not a part of it.”Amaro was caught up in an organizational shake up after manager John Farrell was fired and several coaches were let go at the end of 2017. The Red Sox moved on with manager Alex Cora and they are halfway to a World Series championship. The Red Sox lead 2-0 with Game 3 Friday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers need a win to avoid an 0-3 deficit that no World Series team has ever recovered from.Amaro said the difference between last season’s 93-win team and this season has been the acquisition of J.D. Martinez, who blossomed into an MVP candidate who helped Boston win a franchise-record 108 games.“The one thing we did lack last year was a J.D. Martinez-type,” Amaro said. “Alex has done a really nice job and they’ve responded real well to him so you have to give some kudos to him, too.”Amaro spent this season coaching the New York Mets in his third season on the field after a lengthy career in Philadelphia. Amaro rose from team batboy in 1980-83 to playing for the Phillies for five seasons in the 1990s. He spent 10 seasons as assistant general manager and became GM once Pat Gillick retired after the Phillies won the 2008 World Series. Amaro was in charge when the Phillies won the 2009 NL pennant, three division titles and most wins in franchise history (102) in 2011. He was fired in 2015.He’s considered a front office comeback.“I itch at times to get that opportunity again. Don’t know if it will ever happen,” he said. “I do have some interest in doing that. But now that I’m back on the field, you get that other itch to consider the possibility of doing some managing.”The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers are the only teams with managerial vacancies Francisco Cervelli Jersey , a role coaching with the Red Sox got him closer to chasing.“The important element of that was to get a much better understanding on the ground level of analytics and the role it plays in baseball,” Amaro said. “There’s a lot of good people over there in that area that I got a chance to be around and be able to utilize their information for my job.”Amaro may be rooting for the Red Sox over LA — but he’s ready for his close up in Hollywood.It’s a familiar role: Amaro will again play his father, who spent 58 years in the game, most of them with the Phillies, on “The Goldbergs.” Show creator Adam F. Goldberg attended William Penn Charter High School where Amaro Jr. was a star athlete, and 30 years later has been incorporated into the semi-autobiographical ABC show. Amaro was the captain of 1987 national champion Stanford baseball team while Goldberg was at Penn Charter. But stretching creative license, they are friends and attend school at the same time on the show. Amaro plays his father for the second time in Wednesday’s episode, “Fiddler.”Amaro Sr. died at 81 in 2017 after a long battle with cancer.“Being able to pay homage is pretty special. My dad battled cancer for about 30 years and toward the end of his life he struggled with it,” Amaro said. “It was neat for me to play … well, not to get too sappy about it John Jaso Jersey , but it made me pretty emotional.”He’s more prepared for a second act in the front office — just like he was on “The Goldbergs.”“It was a little easier the second time around. My first time I only had one line and it took 20 takes to get it,” he said, laughing. CHICAGO (AP) — A hooking line drive late in the Tigers-White Sox game Tuesday night suddenly turned everyone’s attention to the stands.A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball, bled profusely before walking to the first aid station and was taken to a hospital, briefly delaying Detroit’s 8-3 win.A White Sox spokesperson said the middle-aged male fan was transported to Rush University Medical Center for treatment.The man was sitting in the first row on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field — well beyond where the netting extends to the end of the camera box past the dugout — when he was struck by Jeimer Candelario’s foul leading off the Tigers ninth.The game was held up for a couple minutes while he was treated at his seat. He eventually walked away under his own power, escorted by stadium personnel.“I was scared and I hope everything is good for him,” Candelario said. “I think he tried to turn away from and it just moved back and the ball hit him.”“I don’t know what part of the face it hit. It’s sad,” he said.Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t see the impact, but said he saw Candelario’s foul ball “hook and then I heard everybody yell.”“That’s the scary part of the game,” Gardenhire said. “This is very fast game and they hit the ball very hard. That’s the worst feeling in the world when you’re sitting in that dugout and see a line drive go into the stands.”“I think it hit a gentleman and hopefully he’s OK. I know it got him pretty good from what they said http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authen ... cer-jersey ,” he said.Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer and rookie Grayson Greiner drove in three runs as Francisco Liriano won for the first time in over four months.Greiner had a two-run double during a five-run second inning. Dawel Lugo also had a two-run double during the burst.After being staked to an early lead, Liriano (4-9) allowed two earned runs in five innings to earn his first victory since April 28. The 34-year-old left-hander ended his 0-8 drought that covered 16 starts and one relief appearance. During his slide, Liriano had a 5.56 ERA.“I just tried to focus and work on the things I needed to work on,” Liriano said. “I’ve been struggling the last couple of months, but you have to put that behind you and just come ready to pitch every five days.”Sandy Baez, Joe Jimenez and Alex Wilson followed Liriano with four scoreless innings of relief.Yoan Moncada and Ryan Cordell drove in runs for the White Sox.Lucas Giolito (10-10) entered with a 3-0 record and 2.84 ERA in his previous four outings. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings and was charged with four earned on four hits and two walks.“They had some really good at-bats and I just let the game speed up on me,” Giolito said. “Instead of kind of being within myself, slowing it down, I just kind of let it speed up.”“You do that at this level and you’re going to have the kind of inning I had in the second,” he said.Greiner’s double to the right-center warning track with the bases loaded and none out drove in Detroit’s first two runs. Lugo’s double to the left-center gap made it 4-0 and he advanced to third when center fielder Adam Engel didn’t field the ball cleanly.Lugo scored when the White Sox couldn’t complete a double play on Jim Adduci’s grounder.Greiner drove in another unearned run with a single in the third to make it 6-0 after catcher Kevan Smith dropped his popup behind the plate.Mahtook hit his sixth homer in the eighth off Ryan Burr to make it 8-3.TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: Gardenhire said RH starter Michael Fulmer Corey Dickerson Jersey , who suffered a right shin contusion on Monday when he was hit by Daniel Palka’s hard comebacker, shouldn’t miss a turn in the rotation. Fulmer left the game in the sixth inning after being struck, but played catch on Tuesday as usual and said he felt fine.White Sox: OF Ryan LaMarre started in left after exiting Sunday’s game with right hip soreness.UP NEXTDetroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-6, 4.22) faces White Sox rookie RHP Michael Kopech (1-0, 0.82) in the series finale on Wednesday night. The 22-year-old Kopech, Chicago’s top pitching prospect, will make his fourth start since being recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 21.
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