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Tigers Coach Gene Lamont Still Candidate For Red Sox Manager?

With the Chicago Cubs reportedly offering Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum their managerial job, the Boston Red Sox can apparently scratch him off the list of prospective candidates to be their next manager. (Sveum has apparently accepted the job, according to the latest reports.) Also eliminated, according to the Boston Globe, is Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.

That leaves three candidates who the Red Sox interviewed: Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo and Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont.

One of those coaches is likely to be called in for a second interview. And as long as Lamont hasn't been officially told he's out of the running, he's presumably still being considered by the Red Sox.

(UPDATE: Red Sox president Larry Lucchino says Lamont is the front-runner for the job.)

Team ownership reportedly prefers someone with major league managing experience. Lamont has plenty of that, with eight seasons as a big league manager between the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates. However, he hasn't been a top dog in the dugout since 2000.

Reportedly, the Red Sox are considering expanding their search and interviewing more candidates. FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi suggests that another Tigers coach be considered for the Red Sox job, as well. Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon has also been a major league manager, having led the Pirates for five seasons. After last season, he was a candidate for the Seattle Mariners' job that eventually went to Eric Wedge.