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Steverson to be White Sox batting coach

CHICAGO (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says Oakland Athletics minor league hitting coordinator Todd Steverson is set to become the batting coach for the Chicago White Sox.

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The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the hiring has not been announced.

Steverson replaces Jeff Manto, who was fired after two seasons. He'll be working with a team that batted .249 and had its home run total drop from third in the majors at 211 a year ago to 19th this season at 148. The White Sox have since agreed to a contract with Cuban slugger Jose Abreu, hoping he can add pop to the order.

Steverson has major league experience as a first base coach with the Athletics and has coached and managed in their system since joining the organization in 2004.

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