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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.