If you're going to a Boston Red Sox game next year, you might want to show up early.

Why? Because new first-base coach Ruben Amaro Jr. is going to throw batting practice, and he's going to do it with whatever hand he feels like:

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Amaro held a Monday conference call to discuss his new role, an unusual move for a man who was once the general manager for the Philadelphia Phillies.

"I guess it is unusual,'' Amaro said in a conference call Monday, "but for me, I've always had kind of an itch to be back on the field.''

The Phillies relieved Amaro of his duties in September after a second straight last-place finish.