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Fri Dec 5, 2014 7:21pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Even though Kevin Cash has no experience in the role, he will feel right at home as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Twenty-five years after playing for nearby Tampa Northside High School and 15 years after going to the College World Series with Florida State, the undrafted catcher-turned-coach was named Tampa Bay's new manager Friday.

"Kevin is passionate, genuine and dedicated, and those attributes will resonate throughout our clubhouse," President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman said.

"As a catcher, a scout and a coach, he has always been a student of the game, and his communication and tireless work will put our club in a position to win."

Cash was chosen over Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu to replace Joe Maddon, who ended his nine-year tenure with the Rays by exercising an opt-out clause in his contract and later was named manager of the Chicago Cubs on Oct. 31.

Cash, who turns 37 on Saturday, has been the Cleveland Indians bullpen coach for the past two seasons.

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The New York Yankees acquired shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade that included the Detroit Tigers.

The Yankees have been seeking a replacement for the retired Derek Jeter and it appears that the left-handed-hitting Gregorius will be that player.   Continued...