• Ventura had high praise for Juan Nieves, the Red Sox's pitching coach, who previously served as the White Sox bullpen coach for five seasons.
"It's not surprising. He's a good communicator, positive, and he's very intelligent," said Ventura of Nieves. "He just has a good way of relaying information, having been there before.
"Even for us, we had a lot of rookie guys out in the bullpen thriving with him, so it's not a surprise to us that he's doing well."
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