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Dave Magadan to stay with Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox and manager Bobby Valentine aren't wasting any time getting the club's coaching staff in place.

Valentine called Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan on Friday morning and said he'd like him to return for the 2012 season. WEEI.com first reported the move.

"I spoke with Bobby this morning and had a good conversation with him," Magadan said. "He said he wanted me back on the staff. I'm under contract and I certainly accepted."

Magadan will return for this sixth season as the club's hitting coach. In 2011, Red Sox hitters led the majors in at-bats (5,710), runs (875), RBIs (842), hits (1,600), total bases (2,631), times on base (2,631), doubles (352), extra-base hits (590), OBP (.349), slugging percentage (.461) and OPS (.810).

Magadan said being asked to stay was a good vote of confidence by the Red Sox's front office and by Valentine.

"It feels good," he said. "I'm glad the front office gave me a nice recommendation and I think that had a lot to do with it. I put a lot into my job and I don't take anything for granted, as all of our coaches do on the staff."

A team source told ESPNBoston.com that the club and Valentine have not yet contacted third-base coach Tim Bogar. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale and bullpen coach Gary Tuck are also still under contract with the Red Sox.

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.