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December 12, 2006 at 7:54 PM

Kapler to manage Greenville

The Boston Red Sox announced today that they have filled their managerial vacancies at the Portland Sea Dogs, Greenville Drive and Lancaster JetHawks. At Portland (AA) Artie Beyeler will take over for Todd Claus, who was named 2007 Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America. In 2006 Beyeler served as the hitting coach for the Mobile BayBears (San Diego, AA)--where he worked with George Kottaras--and most recently coached under Claus for the West Oahu CaneFires in the Hawaiian Winter League, whose members included Red Sox prospects John Otness, Jeff Corsaletti, and Ryan Phillips. Beyeler previously managed in the Red Sox system at Lowell (2000-2001 seasons) and Augusta (2002). As had been previously announced, Claus will remain with the Red Sox as an advance scout. Red Sox fan favorite Gabe Kapler announced his retirement as a player Tuesday night, but was not out of work long, as he was offered and accepted the managerial position of the Greenville Drive (low-A). Kapler replaces another former big leaguer, Luis Alicea, who had been promoted to the Red Sox first base coach and infield coach. Chad Epperson, who had managed the Wilmington Blue Rocks, will move with the Sox to Lancaster where he will take the reigns of the JetHawks (high-A). Epperson was named BA’s Carolina League top managerial prospect in 2006 and led the Drive to the playoffs. He is in his sixth season in the Boston system, having previously managed at Augusta and Greenville.