CLEVELAND – Former Boston manager Terry Francona will interview with Cleveland on Friday.
Franconas meeting will come one day after interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. has his formal interview with general manager Chris Antonetti about becoming the replacement for Manny Acta, who was dismissed last week. Alomar and Francona are the only confirmed candidates for the Indians managerial opening. The Indians, who collapsed from contention in August, are 2-3 under Alomar, a six-time All-Star catcher with Cleveland.
Around the leagues
The Cubs fired third base coach Pat Listach. Listach served as the Cubs bench coach in 2010 and 2011, and moved to the third base job this year. Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano says he is open to being traded in the offseason. Soriano, 36, is slated to make $18 million each of the next two seasons.and says he will consider walking away when the deal is up. Soriano hit 32 home runs with a career-high 108 RBI this season. Philadelphia fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Greg Gross.
Washington manager Davey Johnson missed the end of the Nationals regular-season finale because of numbness in his left leg that was traced to pinched nerves in his back. Yu Darvish will start Texas first playoff game. Darvish is 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 29 starts and 191 1/3 innings.
Boston manager Bobby Valentine said he was undermined by some of his coaches and also told a Boston radio station that his coaches were not loyal to him. He did say he thought the friction with the coaches had little to do with the teams first last-place finish in the AL East since 1992. Meanwhile, Boston general manager Ben Cherington did not discuss Valentines status. Im not going to talk about it, Cherington said. Weve said many times, Bobbys the manager of the team until the end of the year, and well talk about it after the season. Thats what well do.