Quote to note

"I want to make it as easy as I can for [the players] to play the game, because that's why we're here. I think it's unfair if they have to carry a little bit of my baggage through this series. I don't want that to happen."
-- Indians manager Terry Francona, on his anticipated return to Boston

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