All-Star coaching staffs named
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, the skipper for the American League squad in the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season, announced Wednesday that Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics and Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals will serve as his assistant coaches next month.
This is the second All-Star Game appearance for Melvin and Yost. Melvin was a member of Bob Brenly's staff for the National League in 2002, and Yost was a coach for Tony La Russa's NL side in '05.
La Russa, who retired after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series title last season, will manage the NL for next month's game, which will take place July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Both Washington and La Russa will have other familiar faces in their dugouts.
Rangers coaches Dave Anderson (third base), Scott Coolbaugh (hitting), Andy Hawkins (bullpen), Mike Maddux (pitching), Jackie Moore (bench) and Gary Pettis (first base) will comprise Washington's staff in Kansas City.
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Nick Kenney, head athletic trainer for the Royals, and Lonnie Soloff, athletic trainer with the Cleveland Indians, also will be on the AL staff.
La Russa's coaches with the Cardinals in 2011 -- Dave Duncan (pitching), Derek Lilliquist (bullpen), Mark McGwire (hitting), Dave McKay (first base; currently with the Chicago Cubs), Jose Oquendo (third base) and Joe Pettini (bench; currently with the Houston Astros) -- will reunite with him on the NL staff.
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