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Francona meets with Indians

| Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 8:22 p.m.
Terry Francona interviewed with the Cleveland Indians for their managerial opening. (AP)

A year away from managing has been enough for Terry Francona, who craves a chance to get back on the field and inside a major league clubhouse.

The Cleveland Indians just might put him there.

The former Phillies and Red Sox manager, who has spent the past season working as a TV broadcaster, interviewed Friday to be the Indians' next manager.

Francona, a New Brighton native, spent most of the day in meetings with Indians owner Paul Dolan, general manager Chris Antonetti and other members of Cleveland's front office.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Francona, who 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 from 1959-64.

“The fact that my dad played here — it's a good story,” Francona said. “It's almost a family feeling. I don't think you can take a job because of that, but it still means a lot to me. 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.”

Kemp has surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp had surgery on his left shoulder and should be ready for Opening Day.

During the 60-minute procedure at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, Dr. Neal ElAttrache repaired a tear of the labrum in Kemp's shoulder and minor damage to the rotator cuff, the team said.

Kemp will begin physical therapy in a week to 10 days and is expected to start swinging a bat in early January.

Around the majors

Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan removed the interim tag from his title. ... Scott Barry, completing just his second season as a full-time major league umpire, was selected to work the ALDS between Detroit and Oakland. He was the lone umpire with no previous postseason experience announced among the 24 for the division series. ... Chris Iannetta and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a three-year contract. ... The Chicago Cubs received permission to add seats at Wrigley Field. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks said Cubs officials can move a brick wall three feet closer to home plate so 56 more seats can be installed.

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