Bogar: No contact with Astros

Red Sox first base and infield coach Tim Bogar, whose name has surfaced as a possible candidate for the vacant Houston Astros managerial position, said he has not been contacted about the job.

“I’ve read what you’re read, I’ve heard what you’ve heard,” Bogar said. “But I haven’t talked to anybody about anything.”

Bogar, who is in his first season with the Red Sox, played for the Astros from 1997 to 2000. He spent four years as a minor league manager, including two in Houston’s system. In 2006, Baseball America named him the best manager prospect in the Eastern League for his work with Double A Akron. Last year, his first on a major league coaching staff, Bogar was the quality assurance coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Bogar showed some interest in the open manager’ job in Houston, but he emphasized he is focused on his current role with the Sox.

“Everybody has their aspirations,” Bogar said. “But I’m here now. I don’t even know if that’s an option at all. So I’m here, doing the job here. We’ve got business to take care of. If that’s something that comes up afterwards, then I’ll have something to think about. Right now, this is where I’m at.”

The Astros position opened when the team fired Cecil Cooper on Monday.

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