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Red Sox pitching coach Farrell candidate for Bucs job

To fill their manager vacancy, the Pirates might be eyeing someone from a powerhouse team in the American League East.

It's not Joe Torre.

Boston Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell has emerged as a candidate to replace fired manager Jim Tracy, according to league sources.

Farrell is in his first season with the Red Sox. He spent the previous five seasons in the Cleveland Indians' front office.

Farrell was the Indians' director of player development, taking the job in 2002 after Neal Huntington was promoted to assistant general manager. Farrell and Huntington worked closely together, monitoring the progress of Cleveland's minor-league prospects.

Last month, Huntington was named the Pirates' general manager.

Huntington, who did not return a phone call for comment Thursday, has declined to reveal the names of those he will interview for the manager's job. Farrell, who yesterday was preparing the Red Sox for Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, was unavailable for comment.

Indians third base coach Joel Skinner, and Class AAA managers Torey Lovullo and Trent Jewett also are expected to be on Huntington's list.

Farrell, 45, does not have any managerial experience. However, he was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State for five years before taking the job in Cleveland.

While Farrell was at Oklahoma State, Dave Holliday, of Uniontown, also was on the coaching staff.

Holliday is a special assignment scout for the Colorado Rockies, and has inquired about the Pirates' scouting director vacancy.

Among the players Holliday helped bring into the Rockies' system are his nephew Matt Holliday, Garrett Atkins, Troy Tulowitzky and Brad Hawpe.

Notes: Rick Kranitz, who had been mentioned as a candidate to be the Pirates' next pitching coach, was hired Wednesday by Baltimore. The Pirates will not begin mulling coaches until a new manager is in place, but one possibility is former Orioles skipper Sam Perlozzo, who lives in Cumberland, Md. ... The Pirates owe Tracy about $1 million for next season, which means he doesn't have an immediate need to find a job. But if a big-league team came calling -- the Orioles are seeking a bench coach, for example -- Tracy would be hard-pressed to say no.

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