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White Sox shuffle coaching staff

2012-11-27T19:30:00Z 2012-11-28T04:46:05Z White Sox shuffle coaching staffThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 27, 2012 7:30 pm  • 

The White Sox are shuffling their coaching staff, adding former closer Bobby Thigpen and Daryl Boston while giving Harold Baines a new role.

Thigpen, whose 57 saves for the White Sox in 1990 rank second in major league history, replaces the departed Juan Nieves as the bullpen coach after spending the spending the past four seasons as a pitching coach in the organization.

Boston, the White Sox's minor-league outfield coordinator the past 12 seasons, is the new first base coach. Baines moves from first base coach to assistant hitting coach, a newly created position. He will work with hitting coach Jeff Manto.

Phillies catcher Ruiz suspended: Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended Tuesday for the first 25 games of next season following a positive test for an amphetamine.

The 33-year-old was an All-Star for the first time this year when he hit .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs.

"I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant," Ruiz said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association. "I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013."

Ruiz will be eligible to participate in spring training, including exhibition games.

"The Phillies fully support Major League Baseball's drug program," the team said. "We are disappointed by the news of this violation of the program. We will support Carlos in an appropriate manner and move forward to achieve our goal to play championship-caliber baseball in 2013."

Ruiz became the eighth player suspended this year under the major league testing program, the second for amphetamines following Baltimore shortstop Ryan Adams. The eight suspensions are the most since 2007.

Yankees, Pettitte close on deal: Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees are nearing agreement on a one-year contract in the range of $10 million to $12 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing.

Pettitte, who turns 41 in June, retired after the 2010 season and then decided to come back this year and signed a contract guaranteeing $2.5 million.

He went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts, missing nearly three months with a broken left leg after he was hit by a liner drive off the bat of Cleveland's Casey Kotchman broke his left fibula on June 27.

He would join CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes and Ivan Nova in the Yankees' projected starting rotation, with David Phelps also a possibility.

New York also is negotiating on a deal with closer Mariano Rivera, who turns 43 on Thursday. The career saves leader was limited to nine games this year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while tracking down a fly ball during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3.

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