Terry Francona out as Boston Red Sox manager

Associated Press
Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona pauses as he addresses the media during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Boston. In a joint statement released on Friday, the Red Sox announced they will not pick up the option on Francona's contract for a ninth year in the wake of the team's September collapse in which they blew a nine-game lead in the American League wild-card race. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

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In a joint statement released on Sept. 30, the Red Sox announced they will not pick up the option on Francona's contract in the wake of the team's September collapse.

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