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Red Sox add Pena, Hale to manager possibilities

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 15, 2012 09:33 AM

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On Friday, Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale said he had not heard from the Red Sox regarding their search for a new manager. But WEEI reports this morning that Hale will be interviewed later this week.

The Sox also will be interviewing Yankees bench coach Tony Pena today, a day off in the ALCS.

Pena, 55, managed the Royals for parts of four seasons from 2002-05. He was the American League manager of the year in 2003 after leading Kansas City to 83 victories.

He joined the Yankees for the 2006 season as the first base coach under Joe Torre. He interviewed to replace Torre after the 2007 season, but that position went to Joe Girardi. Pena stayed on the staff, becoming the bench coach in 2009.

Pena played for the Red Sox from 90-93 and his son, Tony, has pitched for Triple A Pawtucket the last two seasons.

Hale, 51, was Terry Francona's bench coach from 2010-11 after spending four years as the third base coach. He has extensive minor league managing experience.

The Sox already have interviewed Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, and as Nick Cafrdo reported last week, they will be interviewing Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus this week.

There remains no definitive word on whether Toronto manager John Farrell will become a candidate. He has long been considered to be the top choice of the Red Sox.

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