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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins starting rotation has been the biggest reason the franchise has plummeted to the big league basement with four straight seasons of at least 92 losses.The groups monumental struggles have caused the fan base to clamour for a fresh voice from outside the organization to fill the role of pitching coach on new manager Paul Molitors staff. After filling several spots candidates who have strong ties to the Twins, Molitor and general manager Terry Ryan went with an unfamiliar face for arguably the most important position.Neil Allen, the pitching coach for Tampa Bays Triple-A affiliate in Durham for the past four seasons, was appointed as Twins pitching coach on Tuesday. Hes never been a pitching coach in the majors but did play a big role in helping to shepherd several of the Rays top prospects up to the big leagues, including Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and Matt Moore.We decided to start fresh, and I think this is an opportunity for both parties involved, Ryan said. I think this is an opportunity to kind of pave our new way here. It will be a challenge, we know that. Weve got issues here, we know that. We know Neils not afraid of it. And were not afraid to have him at the helm of our pitching staff.The team also hired former Twins closer Eddie Guardado as the bullpen coach and Joe Vavra, who has been an assistant on fired manager Ron Gardenhires staff since 1996, as the bench coach.When Molitor was hired to replace Gardenhire, he said hiring the right pitching coach was essential, given his own background as a Hall of Fame hitter.Coming from the Tampa Bay organization, certainly Neils got a resume and a reputation over there, Ryan said. Not only has he helped them become who they are, individually there are some very impressive guys that have come through him. ... I liked the tone. I liked the energy. I liked his answers, as did Paul.The 56-year-old Allen was the bullpen coach for the Yankees in 2005 and pitched for the Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, White Sox and Indians during an 11-year big league playing career. Allen said Molitors lack of managerial experience did not deter him from the job, nor did the Twins rotation, which has an ERA that has been at the bottom of the majors for most of the past four years.I think Im very well-groomed and ready for this opportunity, Allen said. Ive been a pitching coach for almost 20 years now and have been on bus rides all around the country, so Ive learned a lot. My philosophy is I want to get to know these guys the best as I can and get them to execute to the best of their abilities. I want them to get to be comfortable with me and what I expect out of them.Guardado spent 12 of his 17 seasons as a reliever with the Twins and figures to bring a fiery edge to a team that has been criticized for lacking competitiveness.Eddie has a lot of the attributes were looking for, Ryan said. Were looking forward to him and Neil working in unison. He has the type of mentality were looking for. He had a great career, most of which was here. And hes familiar with our staff because hes been in camp, which doesnt hurt any.Allen, Guardado and Vavra join hitting coach Tom Brunansky, assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez and third base coach Gene Glynn on Molitors staff. Ryan expects to soon hire a first base coach but said previous coaches Terry Steinbach and Scott Ullger would not return.The Twins also announced that right-hander Anthony Swarzak, who spent the last five seasons, was assigned outright to Triple-A Rochester. Swarzak can decline and elect to become a free agent. . After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91. .C. -- Lucy Li made two double bogeys, a triple bogey and finished her historic round at the U. http://www.adidaspredatorsjerseys.com/. 2015 Oscar nomination pending. Here is an open letter from Steven Stamkos to his fans: When I shot this final Moment Zero film last August, it was a fun few days on set with Coke Zero and Jordan Eberle in my hometown of Markham. . Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Allen Craig on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion on Sunday. . - The Oakland Athletics say they are stopping negotiations to extend their lease at the Coliseum.PHOENIX - The Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns were both disgusted with their previous game.Only Orlando came away feeling better Sunday night.Tobias Harris scored 21 points and the Magic held off a late Phoenix rally to beat the Suns 93-90 and snap a four-game losing streak, the latest a 98-83 loss at Indiana on Friday night.Coach was pretty disappointed in us by the way we played and by the approach we took for the Indiana game, Harris said. Today was a good bounce-back game for us.Nikola Vucevic added 18 points for the Magic, who led by 16 early in the fourth quarter before the Suns cut it to three with 1:02 to play.It was the second loss in three nights for the Suns, who were blown out in Denver 122-97 on Friday night.Orlando, they played hard for 48 minutes, Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. We played hard for about 12 minutes. ... We want to continually go through the motions and think were just going to beat teams, not get dirty and not get hit and get scratched up, whatever it takes. The guys saw that in the fourth quarter when they play that way, theyre pretty goodSeconds after his team cut the lead to three, Hornacek drew a technical, the coach claiming to no avail that Vucevic travelled on a layup.Consecutive 3-pointers by Goran Dragic and Gerald Green, the second with 2.9 seconds to go, cut the lead 91-90. Evan Fournier sank two free throws with 1.6 seconds to go and Phoenix failed to get a shot off at the buzzer.Dragic scored 22 points and Markieff Morris had 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Suns.The Magic were able to disrupt the guard play that is the core of the Suns game and played offence at the pace they prefer. Overall we had a great emphasis on getting the ball under control, Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said, and that was done by our smalls who took on that cchallenge and also by our bigs who supported in pick and roll coverage.ddddddddddddSo a really good job of being locked into the game plan.Elfrid Paytons two free throws with 10 1/2 minutes to play gave the Magic their biggest lead at 74-58.Then the Suns finally got going. Dragic and Green each had steals and baskets — Greens a dunk — and Morris two free throws cut it to 83-80 with 1:02 to go. Then came Vucevics European-style layup and the technical foul it drew.The Magic outscored Phoenix 13-1 over the final 3:13 of the first half to lead 52-39 at the half.The game was sloppy with 23 turnovers by Orlando and 19 by Phoenix.WHAT A PLAYGreen supplied a major wow play in the first quarter.Guarded tightly in the key area, he threw the ball high off the backboard, then soared to grab it and slam it down.Green waived to the crowd as Orlando called a timeout after the play.ROAD WARRIORSOrlando won its fifth road game, eclipsing the total the Magic had all of last season (4-37). The Magic are better on the road this season (5-7), than they are at home (2-5).TIP-INSMagic: Harris season high is 26 points. ... Channing Frye managed just one 3-pointer in his first game back to Phoenix. He left the Suns after last season when the Magic offered him a four-year, $32 million contract. He ranks sixth in Suns career 3-pointers.Suns: Were without PG Isaiah Thomas for the third game in a row with a bruised ankle. ... Phoenix made five of 15 3-pointers, Gerald Green going 1 of 7. Eric Bledsoe had six turnovers, Dragic five. ... Bledsoe drew a technical as he walked off the court after drawing his second foul. ... Morris was called for a flagrant foul after a very long video review.UP NEXTMagic: At Golden State Tuesday night.Suns: Host Indiana Tuesday night, concluding a quick two-game home stand. ' ' '
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