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Gary DiSarcina return to Red Sox as bench coach

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The Red Sox have their bench coach, and it’s a familiar face.

Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Gary DiSarcina, former manager of the Paw Sox during the 2013 season, has been named the new bench coach for the Red Sox, taking the place of new Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo.

DiSarcina’s history with the Red Sox isn’t limited to a lone season in Pawtucket. While he spent his entire 11-year MLB playing career in Los Angeles, the early days of his post-playing career were spent in various roles with the Red Sox, including three years as the manager of the short-season Lowell Spinnters.

Since leaving for Los Angeles, DiSarcina has worked as both the first- or third-base coach for the Angels. His departure is perhaps explained by the fact that the return of Ron Roenicke to Los Angeles pushed him across the diamond to first base, effectively a step down the totem pole. The bench coach job in Boston, on the other hand, leaves him one step away from a managerial role either with the Red Sox or elsewhere.