Red Sox promote Ron Roenicke to interim manager

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, right, chats with bench coach Ron Roenicke before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The Boston Red Sox promoted bench coach Ron Roenicke to manager, hiring him to replace Alex Cora on the day the team's pitchers and catchers reported for the start of spring training.

The move is an indication that Roenicke will escape punishment in baseball's sign-stealing investigation.

Cora was let go for his role in the Houston Astros' cheating, but the team has maintained that there was no similar scheme in Boston when the Red Sox won it all in 2018.