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Baseball: Davis named Twins' first base coach

MINNEAPOLIS - The coaching staff under new Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor is complete. The Twins added their seventh and final coach Monday as Butch Davis was officially named first base coach. Davis joins hitting coach Tom Brunansky, third...

MINNEAPOLIS - The coaching staff under new Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor is complete.

The Twins added their seventh and final coach Monday as Butch Davis was officially named first base coach. Davis joins hitting coach Tom Brunansky, third base coach Gene Glynn, assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez, pitching coach Neil Allen, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado and bench coach Joe Vavra.

Davis, 56, will coach outfielders, along with handling baserunning and bunting duties, in addition to his role as first base coach. He joins the Twins after spending the last 20 years coaching in the Orioles' organization.

Davis most recently served as a field coach for Double-A Bowie the last two years after serving as Baltimore's minor league roving outfield/bunting instructor from 2006-12. He also coached for Bowie in 2000 and from 2003-05 and at Triple-A Rochester from 1995-96 and 2001-02.

He has three years of managing experience in the minors, going a combined 55-65 (.458) at Rookie-level Sarasota in 1997-98 and 58-80 (.420) at Class A Delmarva in '99.

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Davis played parts of eight seasons in the majors with the Royals, Pirates, Orioles, Dodgers and Rangers from 1983-94. Davis hit .243/.274/.380 with seven homers, 13 stolen bases and 50 RBIs in 166 games while seeing time at all three outfield positions.

Davis joins Allen as one of two coaching hires under Molitor with no previous ties to the Twins. Brunansky and Vavra were both retained from last year's coaching staff, while Hernandez and Glynn were both promoted from minor league positions with the Twins. Like Brunansky and Molitor, Guardado played with the Twins, and he also served as a spring training instructor with the club.

- MLB.com.

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