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Hillman named coach for Astros


Ex-Kansas City Royals and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman will be the bench coach for new Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

The Astros announced the coach staff Friday.

Former Texas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis will fill the same role with the Astros, and will also oversee baserunning and outfield play.

Dave Hudgens is the new hitting coach, the same job he used to have with the New York Mets. Rich Dauer will be first base coach and infield instructor.

Pitching coach Brent Strom and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson are returning from last year’s staff.