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D-backs name Mike Butcher as new pitching coach

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Hector Santiago, left, talks with pitching coach Mike Butcher and catcher Hank Conger, right rear, during a mound visit in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Arizona Diamondbacks have tabbed Mike Butcher as their new pitching coach.

Butcher, formerly of the Los Angeles Angels, will replace Mike Harkey in the role.

The 50-year-old just finished up his ninth season as the Angels’ pitching coach, and 30th overall in professional baseball.

Over the last nine seasons, nine different Angels pitchers were named to the American League All-Star team, and during Butcher’s tenure the Angels ranked second in the A.L. in quality starts and wins while tying for second in complete games. They also finished third in ERA and shutouts as well as fifth in opponent batting average.

Butcher played four seasons in the Major Leagues from 1992-95, going 11-4 with nine saves and a 4.47 ERA in 115 relief appearances.

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