Astros Manager Front-Runners: Dave Martinez, Tim Bogar

July 19, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez (4) in the dugout against the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Cleveland Indians 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Two AL East bench coaches -- Dave Martinez of the Rays and Tim Bogar of the Red Sox -- are sitting in the catbird seat for the Houston Astros' open managerial position, a source has told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

The Astros are expected to make their final decision on a new manager by the end of next week. Other candidates include interim manager Tony DeFrancesco and Nationals third base coach Bo Porter. Former Phillies manager Larry Bowa interviewed for the position last week, but is no longer in contention for the job.

The team may have to wait on an official announcement if the winning candidate is employed by a playoff-bound team. If they decide on Martinez or Bogar, however, this will very likely not be a concern.

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