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Red Sox to interview Lovullo on Friday, Lamont on Saturday

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 8, 2011 04:30 PM

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Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo will interview with the Red Sox on Friday. Detroit third base coach Gene Lamont will follow on Saturday.

They join Pete Mackanin, Dale Sveum and Sandy Alomar Jr. as candidates to replace Terry Francona as manager.

Mackanin and Sveum interviewed last week. Alomar is scheduled to interview tomorrow.

Lovullo, 46, was the manager of Triple-A Pawtucket in 2010 before joining John Farrell in Toronto. Lovullo retired as a player after the 1999 season then spent nine years as a minor league manager in the Cleveland organization.

Lovullo started with Class A Columbus in 2002 and moved up from there and spent four years as the manager of their Triple-A team. He was a managerial candidate with the Dodgers before the 2006 season and with the Pirates before the 2008 season.

When Lovullo was not promoted by the Indians before the 2010 season, he left the organization for the Red Sox. Through the PawSox were 66-78, Lovullo was given high marks by the Red Sox front office for how he handled player development.

Check out this great blog post by former PawSox broadcaster Dan Hoard on Lovullo and his connection to John Wooden.

Lamont, who turns 65 in December, has been the bench coach in Detroit since 2006. He was the third base coach of the Red Sox in 2001 under Jimy Williams. He also has eight years of major league managerial experience with the White Sox (1992-95) and Pirates (1997-2000).

Lamont was 553-562 as a manager with two first-place finishes with the White Sox.

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