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Farrell to remain Red Sox pitching coach

PITTSBURGH -- Boston Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell
pulled his name out of consideration Friday for the Pittsburgh
Pirates
' managing job.

Farrell wants to manage in the majors, and he moved from
Cleveland's front office to the Red Sox's bench last season partly
for that reason. Farrell, however, said in a statement that this is
not the right time to leave a World Series-winning club.

Farrell told Red Sox principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom
Werner, president Larry Lucchino, general manager Theo Epstein and
manager Terry Francona of the decision Friday.

"While I do have aspirations to manage in the major leagues in
the future, my commitment to John, Tom, Larry, Theo, Tito
[Francona] and the Red Sox needs to be greater than one year for their
faith in hiring me as their pitching coach," Farrell said in the
statement. "Therefore I have declined the opportunity to interview
for the position of Pittsburgh Pirates manger. I look forward to
contributing to and competing for another World Series title here
in Boston."


The
Pirates aren't disclosing who they are interviewing and have asked
candidates not to talk to reporters. The candidates reportedly are Cleveland third base coach Joel Skinner, White Sox bench coach Joey Cora, Triple-A Indianapolis manager Trent Jewett, Dodgers bench coach Dave Jauss and Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager John Russell, a former Pirates coach.

Farrell was the Indians' director of player development from
2001-06, succeeding Neal Huntington in that job. Huntington is now
the Pirates general manager and he apparently wanted to talk to
Farrell this weekend.

Huntington is believed to have moved slowly with the search for
Jim Tracy's successor partly so he could talk with Farrell. The Red
Sox wrapped up a four-game World Series sweep of Colorado on
Sunday, and Farrell said he would not talk about any other job
until the Series ended.

The Pirates' search could be further delayed because of
Farrell's pullout and the major league general managers meetings in
Florida that Huntington will attend next week.

Cora became White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen's bench coach last
season following three seasons as the third-base coach. Cora
managed in the New York Mets and Montreal farm systems from
2001-03.

The Pirates' scarcity of major league-ready talent may be
scaring off some possible candidates.

Pittsburgh has lost at least 94 games each of the last three
seasons and has not been above .500 since 1992. The Pirates are one
more losing season away from tying the 1933-48 Phillies' major
league record for consecutive losing seasons.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.