Red Sox name Arnie Beyeler as first-base coach

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Red Sox name Arnie Beyeler as first-base coach

The Red Sox promoted from within Tuesday, adding Arnie Beyeler, who managed the Pawtucket Red Sox for the past two seasons, to the major-league coaching staff as the team's first-base coach.

Beyeler replaces Alex Ochoa, who likely will not return to the organization in 2013.

Beyeler also becomes the second former Pawtucket manager to join John Farrell's staff. Earlier, Farrell named Torey Lovullo, who preceded Beyeler in Pawtucket, as his bench coach.

Previously, Beyeler, who has been part of the Red Sox' organization for a total of 10 years, managed Double A Portland from 2007-10. He also managed the organization's short-season Single A affiliate in Lowell in 2000 and '01, then moved to Single A Augusta for a season in 2003.

This past season, Beyeler led the PawSox to the International League championship. They lost in the Triple A championship game.

Beyeler, 48, also managed in the Texas system and later coached in the San Diego organization. He spent six seasons in the minor leagues in the Detroit Tigers organization, getting as far as Triple A Toledo. He then scouted for the Tigers and coaching for affiliates in the Yankees' organization.

By hiring Beyeler, the Sox need only to add a hitting coach (or two) to complete their staff. Among the candidates: Scott Fletcher, Greg Colbrunn, Rick Schu, Victor Rodriguez and Craig Counsell.

His hiring means that the PawSox will have their fourth manager in the last five seasons in 2013, following Ron Johnson (2009), Lovullo (2010) and Beyeler (2011-12).

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