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Juan Nieves still making his presence felt

Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox

(WNFL) - The only pitcher to throw a no-hitter for the Milwaukee Brewers is still making his presence felt in the big leagues.  Juan Nieves (nee-yay'-vess) became the pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox last winter.  His efforts are paying off right away, as the Red Sox are up one-game-to-none in the World Series following an 8-to-1 home victory over Saint Louis last night.  Boston manager John Farrell brought in Nieves last winter to improve a pitching staff that had a five-point-one-nine E-R-A in 2012.  That came down this year to three-point-seven-nine.  Nieves and Farrell were teammates in a Puerto Rican winter league in 1986.  That was one year before Nieves threw the Brewers' only no-hitter at Baltimore.  He pitched only one more year for the Crew, before ending his career with a shoulder injury.  Nieves later spent 14 years in the Chicago White Sox organization in various coaching roles before Farrell hired him a year ago.  Jon Lester, last night's Game-One winner, said it's been a seamless transition -- and Nieves has fit in well.  Lester struck out eight in seven-and-two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just five hits to the Cardinals.  Game-Two in the Fall Classic is set for tonight in Boston.  Meanwhile, Nieves says he's surprised that no Brewer ever threw a no-hitter after he did 26 years ago.  He says he'd love to see it happen again -- and at home for the first time.  

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