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Astros name Minor League coaches

Astros name Minor League coaches

HOUSTON -- The Astros on Monday announced the field staffs at several of their Minor League affiliates, including the managers at Triple-A Round Rock, Double-A Corpus Christi, Class A Lancaster and Class A Lexington.

Marc Bombard will return for his second season as manager at Round Rock, with Wes Clements taking over at Corpus Christi after serving as manager at Lancaster last season. Tom Lawless will take over for Clements at Lancaster, with Rodney Linares moving up to manage Lexington from rookie-league Greeneville.

Bombard joined the Astros organization in 2009 after serving two seasons as the manager of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights of the Chicago White Sox. The 2010 season will be Bombard's 26th as a Minor League manager, and his 1,772 wins are the most among all active Minor League managers.

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Burt Hooton will return for his sixth season as pitching coach at Round Rock, and Keith Bodie will join the Express staff as hitting coach after serving in the same role at Corpus Christi this year and Class A Salem in 2008. Athletic trainer Mike Freer will return for his 21st season with the Astros and 14th at the Triple-A level.

Clements joins the Hooks after serving as the manager of Lancaster last season. He has worked as hitting coach for affiliates in the Astros (2009), White Sox (2007-08), Angels (2003) and Brewers (2001-02) organizations and was manager of Union Laguna of the Mexican League in 2004.

Stan Boroski will enter his fourth season as the Hooks pitching coach after serving as pitching coach at Class A Salem for four seasons, former Astros bullpen coach Mark Bailey will join the Hooks as hitting coach. Bailey served eight seasons as the Astros bullpen coach and 2010 will mark his 12th season as a coach in the Houston organization. Athletic trainer Jamey Snodgrass will begin his 12th season in the Astros organization and sixth in Corpus Christi.

Lawless managed Lexington last season after spending five seasons in the Baltimore organization, including three as the Minor League roving infield/base running coach. Darryl Robinson (hitting coach) and Don Alexander (pitching coach) will both return for their second seasons in Lancaster.

Linares spent two seasons at hitting coach at Lexington before taking over as manager at Greeneville. He's familiar with Lexington, having spent two seasons as hitting coach after working for six seasons with the Astros' Dominican Republic operations as a scout and hitting coach.

Travis Driskill will be the pitching coach at Lexington after two seasons in the same role in Greeneville, and Stubby Clapp returns to Lexington as hitting coach, a position he held in 2008 before moving to Greeneville last season. John Patton enters his seventh season in the Astros organization and his third as athletic trainer at Lexington.

Don Alexander will return for his second season as pitching coach after four seasons as Tri-City's pitching coach. Eric Montague will return for his 10th year in the Astros' organization and second as athletic trainer for Lancaster. He served as athletic trainer for Salem during four previous seasons.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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