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Farrell to manage Blue Jays

Toronto -- John Farrell, who spent four years as the Boston Red Sox' pitching coach, was hired to be manager in Toronto, the Blue Jays announced Monday.

Farrell, 48, replaces Cito Gaston, who retired after this season. The Blue Jays were 85-77 in 2010. Gaston managed the Blue Jays from 1989-97 and 2008-10.

Farrell has never been a manager on any level of baseball. Prior to his four-season stint as the Boston pitching coach he was Cleveland's director of player development from November 2001 through the 2006 season.

He was a major league pitcher from 1987-96, pitching for Cleveland, the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit. After he retired as a player, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State.

"This is an outstanding opportunity," Farrell said on the club's Web site. "To see both sides of it [front office and dugout] has given me more of a rounded perspective in ultimately to be able to handle the players day-in and day-out in Toronto."

Gaston, who also managed at Atlanta, San Diego and Pittsburgh had a combined record of 894-837 over parts of 12 seasons. His Toronto teams in 1992 and 1993 won back-to-back World Series titles.

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