MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have announced three more assistants for new manager Paul Molitor, adding pitching coach Neil Allen, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado and bench coach Joe Vavra.
Allen was the pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Rays for the last four seasons. He's the only hire for Molitor's staff so far from outside the organization. Allen pitched 11 years in the majors.
Guardado pitched for the Twins in 12 of his 17 seasons in the majors, serving as the closer in 2002 and 2003. He has been a special instructor recently for the Twins during spring training.