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Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves has more challenges in 2014

The newest Red Sox, pitcher Chris Capuano,  throws some long toss in the outfield on his first day in a Boston uniform. He gives pitching coach Juan Nieves another experienced hurler to work with.
The newest Red Sox, pitcher Chris Capuano, throws some long toss in the outfield on his first day in a Boston uniform. He gives pitching coach Juan Nieves another experienced hurler to work with.Credit: jim davis/globe staff

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Juan Nieves, who directed a Red Sox staff to a championship in his first season as a major league pitching coach in 2013, this season will have to manage a veteran staff, bring along the next generation of pitchers, and work in the newly acquired Chris Capuano.

Nieves was credited with getting the most out of the Red Sox staff a year ago, when Jon Lester became an ace, John Lackey returned successfully from Tommy John surgery, Felix Doubront moved a step closer to being a quality major leaguer, Clay Buchholz got off to a dazzling start before missing three months to injury, and Ryan Dempster and Jake Peavy filled veteran roles.

Nieves also kept the bullpen together amid injuries.

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