Red Sox interview Ausmus; Hale is next

The Red Sox conducted their third managerial interview on Wednesday, meeting with Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus at Fenway Park.

Orioles third bench coach DeMarlo Hale is scheduled for Thursday. Dodgers coach Tim Wallach and Yankees coach Tony Pena also have interviewed.

Ben Cherington told the Globe’s Nick Cafardo that no other interviews are scheduled.

“We’ve had a good group so far,” Cherington said. “All very capable.”

Does that mean Ausmus, Hale, Pena or Wallach will be the manager? Not necessarily.

Bobby Valentine was not among the five initial interviews held last season and ended up getting the job. If John Farrell were made available to the Red Sox, he almost certainly would not go through the interview process.

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Within the industry, there is a sense that the Red Sox will eventually reach an accord with Toronto and name Farrell their manager. But until that process is settled, anything can happen.

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