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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Breslow: 'Sox getting great pitching coach'

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Craig Breslow has pitched for both the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics.

The left-handed reliever has worked closely with the newly appointed Red Sox pitching coach for the past two seasons in Oakland, and Breslow thinks Curt Young will be a good addition in Boston.

“The Red Sox are getting a great pitching coach,” Breslow wrote in an e-mail.

Young had been Oakland’s pitching coach for the last seven seasons before being named to the same post with the Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon. Breslow worked out of the bullpen for Boston in 2006 and spent the entire 2007 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Knowing the Red Sox the way he does, Breslow said he believes Young will fit in nicely in Boston.

“I think Curt will be a perfect Red Sox pitching coach,” Breslow wrote. “He has shown a remarkable ability to adapt, and I think that will serve him well. The A’s staff, while talented, was young and unestablished. The Red Sox staff, also very talented, consists primarily of veteran guys. I think Curt will endear himself and will be able to reach each player individually.”

During his stint as pitching coach in Oakland, Young helped guide the Athletics to an American League-best 4.03 ERA and held opponents to an AL-low .257 batting average. Last season, A’s pitchers led the AL in ERA (3.56) and shutouts (17).

Stepping into his new role, Young said he would bring suggestions to help the Red Sox pitchers get better.

“Curt was a great pitching coach,” Breslow said. “He recognizes that each player is unique and must be handled differently. There are a few fundamental tenets from which he never strays, but I’m confident that he will also use his personality and skills to foster different relationships with different players.”

Even though Breslow spent 2007 (Farrell’s first season as pitching coach in Boston) at Triple-A, he was able to learn about Farrell’s philosophy. Breslow doesn’t see much of a difference between Young and Farrell.

“I’m not sure there is a ton of difference, considering both recognize the importance of consistent delivery and strike one,” Breslow said. “Both guys try to keep pitching simple: change speeds, locate and use both sides of the plate.”