By TOM WITHERS,  AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Terry Francona has been introduced as manager
of the Cleveland Indians, who crashed from contention this season
with the worst month in franchise history.

Francona was hired over the weekend by the Indians, signing a
four-year contract. The 53-year-old was chosen over Sandy Alomar
Jr., who served as the club’s final six games after Manny Acta was
fired. Francona takes overs an Indians team that went 68-94, the
third time in the past four seasons they have lost at least 90

Francona led Boston to two World Series titles and five straight
playoff appearances. He was not brought back by the Red Sox
following the team’s historic September collapse in 2011.

He previously worked in Cleveland’s front office, and Francona
said the chance to work again with close friends was the most
intriguing aspect of managing the Indians.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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