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Jauss, Graves promoted among changes announced by Pirates

| Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, 5:36 p.m.

After Jeff Banister left Pittsburgh last offseason to become the manager of the Texas Rangers, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle elected not to name an official replacement as bench coach. But assistant coach Dave Jauss was always near Hurdle in the Pirates' dugout, and on Wednesday the Pirates elevated Jauss to bench coach.

Jauss is entering his 29th season in professional baseball and has been with the Pirates since 2012, when he was a special assistant to general manager Neal Huntington. Jauss joined the coaching staff at the end of the 2012 season. Huntington and Jauss are each graduates of Amherst (Mass.). Jauss is known for his ability to blend traditional and analytical baseball thought.

Joining Jauss on the bench is Brad Fischer, who will remain as a major league coach.

The Pirates also announced the promotion of Kevan Graves to assistant general manager.

Former assistant GM Tyrone Brooks joined the commissioner's office last week.

Graves, 36, had been the Pirates' director of baseball operations.

The Pirates also announced Will Lawton has been named assistant director of baseball operations, and Sean Kelly has been elevated to a role as baseball operations assistant.

— Travis Sawchik

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