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Report: Francona to interview with Indians

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Terry Francona is expected to interview for the Cleveland Indians' managerial job next week, according to WTAM radio in Cleveland.

Francona will be in Cleveland either Wednesday or Thursday, the radio station reported Saturday.

Francona managed the Boston Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. He was fired last year.

The Indians fired Manny Acta earlier this week and hired Sandy Alomar Jr. as the interim manager through the end of the regular season. Alomar and Francona are believed to be the only confirmed candidates for the job so far.

Francona was listed by several media outlets on Friday as a candidate. He is currently an analyst for ESPN.

Francona worked with the Indians as a special assistant in 2001 under team president Mark Shapiro, who was the team's general manager at the time.

---New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is in Saturday's lineup a day after getting hit in the left hand with a pitch.

Cano underwent X-rays on the hand, which came back negative.

Cano, batting fourth against the Toronto Blue Jays, hit a sacrifice fly in his first at-bat.

Cano was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the Yankees' 11-4 win over Toronto on Friday. He stayed in the game and was sent to a hospital for tests afterward.

"I was worried a little bit," Cano said on MLB.com. "The good thing was when I was swinging in that (last) at-bat, I didn't feel anything. That was a good sign."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there was concern that there might be more than just soreness in the hand.

"I felt pretty good about it that he was able to stay in the game, but with the hand, there's all those little bones that you worry about," Girardi said.

Cano entered Saturday hitting .301 with 30 home runs and 83 RBI in 156 games.

---Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout became the franchise's all-time leader in runs scored for a season with 125 when he led off Friday's game against the Texas Rangers with a home run.

The record of 124 was previously held by Vladimir Guerrero in 2004.

---Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who has been out with a right oblique strain, will miss the remainder of the year, according to MLB.com.

Cuddyer will continue to work out with the team. He recently started taking batting practice. He finished the season by hitting .260 with 16 home runs and 58 RBI in 358 at-bats.

---The Baltimore Orioles claimed outfielder Steve Pearce off waivers after the New York Yankees designated him for assignment, MLB.com reported Saturday.

Pearce, 29, is not eligible for the postseason if the Orioles make it, but he adds depth the last few games of the regular season. Outfielder Lew Ford is out with a groin injury.

The Orioles actually acquired Pearce from the Yankees for cash in June, then the Houston Astros claimed him off waivers at the end of July. The Yankees picked up Pearce a second time earlier this week when then the Astros let him go.

Pearce is batting .239 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 159 at-bats this year.

The Orioles recalled right-hander Oliver Drake and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis to make room for Pearce.
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