Beyeler named PawSox skipper
The Red Sox yesterday named Arnie Beyeler the manager of their top farm team, Triple A Pawtucket of the International League.
Beyeler spent the last four years at the helm of Double A Portland, and also managed in the Sox system at short-season Single A Lowell from 2000-01 and at Single A Augusta in 2002.
Beyeler’s pitching coach will be Rich Sauveur. A hitting coach has not been named.
Beyeler replaces Torey Lovullo, who left to become first base coach of the Blue Jays under new Toronto manager John Farrell, formerly the Red Sox pitching coach.
Kevin Boles was named the manager at Portland; he skippered Single A Salem last season and Single A Greenville from 2008-09.
The Sox hired ex-major leaguer hurler Paul Abbott as the pitching coach at Lowell. He is making his affiliated coaching debut after two seasons with the independent Golden League’s Orange County Flyers, where he was manager in 2010 and pitching coach in 2009.
Thank you note According to a report in the St. Petersburg Times, as a thank you for his nine years with the Rays, Carl Crawford arranged for a catered barbecue lunch for 150 team employees yesterday.
Crawford, who signed a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Sox Dec. 8, arranged for the feast to be delivered to the employees at Tropicana Field, although he was not on hand to eat.
Peter Abraham of the Globe staff contributed to this report.