BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Red Sox have hired DeMarlo Hale to replace Dale Sveum as third base coach, the team announced Saturday.

Hale, 44, has been the Texas Rangers’ first base coach for the last four seasons.

He takes over for Sveum, who coached third base for Boston the last two season. The Milwaukee Brewers hired Sveum for the same position on Wednesday.

Hale started his professional coaching career with the Red Sox organization in 1992, at Double-A New Britain. He will be reunited with Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who was a bench coach for the Rangers in 2002.

Hale played five seasons in the minor leagues as a first baseman and outfielder for Boston and Oakland’s systems, advancing as high as Double-A. Boston picked the Chicago native in the 17th-round pick in the 1983 draft.

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