KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Tom Gamboa, the manager of Triple A Albuquerque last season, was hired Wednesday as bullpen coach of the Kansas City Royals.

Gamboa replaces Tom Burgmeier, whose contract was not renewed.

Gamboa led Albuquerque, the Los Angeles Dodgers' top farm club, to an 86-58 record and first place in the Pacific Coast League's Central Division.

Before that, Gamboa was with the Chicago Cubs as minor league field coordinator and then third base coach.