Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Francona eyes job with Indians

CLEVELAND — A year away from managing has been enough for Terry Francona, who craves a chance to get back on the field and inside a clubhouse. The Indians just might give it to him.

The former Phillies and Red Sox manager, who spent the past season working as a TV broadcaster, interviewed Friday to be the Indians' manager. Francona spent most of the day with owner Paul Dolan and GM Chris Antonetti.

Francona worked as an adviser for the Indians in 2001 and has remained close to Antonetti and team president Mark Shapiro. Francona's father, Tito, played six seasons for the Indians (1959-64).

"The fact that my dad played here, it's a good story," Francona said. "But because of Chris and Mark and my relationship, I am excited to tackle or attempt to tackle every challenge that comes our way and do it together."

Francona's interview came one day after the Indians met with bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., who served as interim manager after Manny Acta was fired with six games left. The Indians could make an announcement Monday.

Rays Part with Bush: Tampa Bay released RHP Matt Bush, who had been on the restricted list since a March DUI hit-and-run arrest. Bush, 26, remains in the Charlotte County jail.

A's pitcher returns: Oakland reliever Pat Neshek, whose son died Wednesday 23 hours after his birth, rejoined the team ahead of its ALDS opener against the Tigers today. Neshek said being at the ballpark and playing catch helped with the healing process.

Angels: C Chris Iannetta agreed to a $15.55 million, three-year deal, avoiding free agency.

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