Tuesday November 09, 2010 | 06:41 AM

New Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell turned to the Red Sox to make one of his first moves, hiring Triple-A Pawtucket manager Torey Lovullo for his staff.

This is the second straight year that Pawtucket has been without a manager (Ron Johnson was hired onto the Red Sox major league staff the year before). Last year, Portland Sea Dogs manager Arnie Beyeler was not interviewed for the job.

No telling what the Red Sox will do this year. When the Red Sox hired Lovullo last year from the Indians organization, it was considered a no-brainer. He's considered highly in baseball circles, which is why he's now in the majors.

Beyeler, 46, has been the Sea Dogs manager for a record four years. The Red Sox have previously praised the work Beyeler has done, preparing players to move on to Triple-A and the majors.

Will Beyeler get a chance? Sometimes managers and players get labels, one of them being "career minor leaguer." But the Red Sox have ignored those labels before. They do so last year  when they hired Johnson, who seemed destined to be a career minor league manager.

We'll see.

In the Arizona Fall League Monday, Jose Iglesias (3-for-5) and Ryan Lavarnway (3-6, HR) enjoyed their day. Iglesias is now batting .304, while Lavarnway is at .288 with two home runs ... Eammon Portice started the game (3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K).



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