Obie on tap for the Dominican Republic

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David Wright and first base coach Ken Oberkfell talk to first base umpire Bob Davidson after Wright was ruled out on a foul ball with fan interference against the Washington Nationals Aug. 14, 2008 at Nationals Park.

Sandy Alderson confirmed his intention to interview Ken Oberkfell in the Dominican Republic on Thursday or Friday.

Alderson interviewed Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale on Tuesday morning, and plans to interview former Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle and former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu on Wednesday.

Alderson said there may be one or two additional candidates, but first-round interviews should be complete by this weekend. Second-round interviews should be complete by the following weekend. The hire likely won't come before Thanksgiving, but by the end of Novemeber is a target.

The other candidates already interviewed are Wally Backman, Terry Collins, Chip Hale, Dave Jauss and Bob Melvin.

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