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The White Sox make changes to staff

The White Sox made changes to their coaching staff on Tuesday, hiring Daryl Boston as their first base coach and Bobby Thigpen as bullpen coach.

Harold Baines, formerly the Sox's first base coach, becomes the assistant hitting coach in a newly created position. Pitching coach Don Cooper, hitting coach Jeff Manto, third base coach Joe McEwing, bench coach Mark Parent and bullpen catcher Mark Salas are all returning for 2013, completing the coaching staff.

Boston joins the Sox after spending the previous 12 seasons as the organization's minor league outfield coordinator. Boston, who spent 11 years in the majors, was drafted by the Sox as the seventh overall pick in 1981.

Thigpen replaces Juan Nieves, who was named the Red Sox's pitching coach. Thigpen previously was a pitching coach in the Sox's system with Double-A Birmingham (2012) and High-A Winston-Salem (2009-11).

Thigpen owns the franchise record with 201 saves and is second with 424 career relief appearances. His 57 saves in 1990 are second most in a single season in MLB history.

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