PORTLAND (AP) – Arnie Beyeler, who managed the Lowell Spinners in 2000 and 2001, will return to the Boston Red Sox organization next season as manager of the Portland Sea Dogs.

Beyeler’s appointment to replace Todd Claus and become the ninth manager of Boston’s Double-A affiliate was announced Tuesday by Mike Hazen, Red Sox director of player development.

Claus, who leaves the Sea Dogs after two seasons in which he led the team to the playoffs and to their first Eastern League championship this year, was named an advance scout for the Red Sox.

Beyeler, 42, has served for seven seasons as manager, including a three-year stint in the Texas Rangers organization in which he led the Stockton Ports to the California League playoffs in 2003 and 2004.

He managed Lowell of the New York-Penn League in 2000-2001, and spent three years as a coach in the New York Yankees organization.

His most recent assignment was as hitting coach for the Mobile BayBears, the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

As a player, Beyeler was a middle infielder in the Detroit Tigers organization, reaching the Triple-A level.

The remainder of the Sea Dogs coaching staff has not been announced.

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