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Red Sox name Greg Colbrunn hitting coach

Greg Colbrunn talks with reporters Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, in Seattle after the infielder and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a two-year contract. Colbrunn spent the last four seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (AP Photo/Ralph Radford)

Greg Colbrunn talks with reporters Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, in Seattle after the infielder and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a two-year contract. Colbrunn spent the last four seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (AP Photo/Ralph Radford)

Sox hire Colbrunn

The Boston Red Sox hired Greg Colbrunn as their hitting coach, naming him yesterday to replace Dave Magadan, who was hired as hitting coach for the Texas Rangers on Oct. 19 after six years in that position with the Red Sox.

Colbrunn, 43, will be coaching in the majors for the first time. He spent the past six seasons with the New York Yankees’ Single-A team in Charleston, S.C. He was the team’s manager in 2010 and its hitting coach the other five years.

He played in 992 major-league games for seven teams, mostly as a first baseman, batting .289 with 98 homers and 422 RBI. His best season came with the Florida Marlins in 1995, when he hit .277 with 23 homers.

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