Terry Francona has joined Sandy Alomar Jr. as a candidate to become manager of the Cleveland Indians.
Alomar prepared for his first game as interim manager Friday, a day after Manny Acta was fired. General manager Chris Antonetti said both were candidates and others currently employed by teams could become part of the search.
''I'm excited and I'm honored that they would give me an interview,'' Francona told the Associated Press. ''I know Sandy Alomar is also a candidate. He's a good friend of mine. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. I will do my homework over the next week.''
Francona, who managed Boston to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, was a special assistant in Cleveland's front office in 2001. He is intrigued by the chance to work again with Indians president Mark Shapiro and Antonetti.
''Chris and Mark are very dear to me and very important to me,'' he said. ''I know there are challenges and I look forward to maybe having the chance to work again with peop...