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MLB notebook: Indians select Francona to become new manager

The Cleveland Indians have chosen Terry Francona to be their next manager and are working with him on a contract. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File

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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, 8:32 p.m.

Terry Francona is getting back with one of his baseball families.

Francona, who guided the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles, was named manager of the Cleveland Indians, a team that collapsed in the second half this season after a promising first four months.

The 53-year-old, who played high school baseball growing up in New Brighton, will be introduced as Cleveland's 42nd manager during a Monday news conference at Progressive Field.

Cleveland chose Francona over Sandy Alomar Jr., who served as the club's interim manager for the final six games after Manny Acta was fired Sept. 27. Francona and Alomar, who spent the past three seasons as a coach in Cleveland, were the only candidates to interview for the Indians' opening.

Anderson added to A's bullpen

Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson is on the roster for the AL Division Series against Detroit after missing the last few weeks of the regular season because of a strained right oblique.

Anderson has made only six starts this year — all between Aug. 21 and Sept. 19 — and went 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA.

Tigers add relievers to roster

Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly are on the roster for the Detroit Tigers for their AL Division Series against Oakland.

The Tigers are carrying 11 pitchers, and there was speculation Porcello could be left out because he's not part of the starting rotation for this series.

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