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MLB notebook: Lester set to start in Boston on Friday

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Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the AL division series for the Boston Red Sox.

Manager John Farrell confirmed the rotation on Wednesday after the team’s played an intersquad simulated game. John Lackey will start the second game, followed by Clay Buchholz. Jake Peavy would start a fourth game if it is necessary.

The rotation had been suspected ever since the Red Sox lined up their pitchers that way at the end of the regular season. Farrell held off making the announcement until he was sure everyone made it through Wednesday’s workout OK.

Game 1 is Friday night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox will play the winner of Wednesday night’s wild-card game.

Braves leave Uggla off

Slumping second baseman Dan Uggla is being left off the Atlanta Braves’ roster for the NL division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves announced their roster Wednesday, a day before the series opener.

Outfielder B.J. Upton, who is hitting only .184, is on the roster.

Uggla, a three-time All-Star, has 22 homers but hit only .179 this season. He struggled with vision problems and finally was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 13 so he could have laser eye surgery.

The surgery didn’t appear to help. Uggla hit only .122 in 49 at-bats in September and began losing playing time to Elliot Johnson, who is expected to open the division series as the starter.

The Braves’ roster also includes infielder Paul Janish, who can play second base.

Rangers drop coaches

The Texas Rangers are not renewing the contracts of first-base coach Dave Anderson and bench coach Jackie Moore for next season.

The Rangers made the announcement Wednesday, a day after manager Ron Washington said he intended on having all his coaches back in 2014.

Pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Dave Magadan, third-base coach Gary Pettis and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins are all expected to return.

Anderson and the 74-year-old Moore, who has been in professional baseball more than a half-century, had both served on Washington’s staff the past five seasons.

Frick Award candidates

Former Indians players Ken Harrelson and Duane Kuiper are among the 10 finalists for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s broadcasting award.

Harrelson has broadcast for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox, spending 27 years in Chicago. Kuiper is in his 29th year of broadcasting major-league baseball games, most with the San Francisco Giants along with seven for the Indians.

Other finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award are Mike Shannon, Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Bill King, Eric Nadel, Eduardo Ortega, Dewayne Staats and Pete van Wieren. Doucet, King and Kuiper were the top three picks in online voting by fans.

No charges in fracas

Pittsburgh police didn’t dispute Twitter claims by Dallas Latos, wife of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos that she was punched and had her hair pulled by a fan during the National League wild-card game, but said they consider the matter “closed” and won’t file criminal charges.

Sgt. John Fisher, who headed the 18-officer contingent that augmented stadium security on Tuesday, told reporters that the incident was “much ado about nothing.”


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