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Indians Reward Manager Terry Francona with Extension

Indians Reward Manager Terry Francona with Extension

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since taking over the Cleveland Indians, manager Terry Francona has helped turned the Indians around to a competitive team in the American League Central. That is why the team has agreed on an extension with their skipper.

Francona's new deal will keep him in an Indians uniform through the 2018 season. It also includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

In his first season with the Indians back in 2013, Francona guided the Indians to a 92-win season, which was the most wins in a single season since 2007.

That year the Indians also made the playoffs for the first time since 2007, while Francona won the American League Manager of the Year Award.

This past season, the Indians took a slight step back, but still finished 85-77.

In 14 seasons as a Major League manager with the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and Indians, Francona has 1,206 wins, which is the fourth-most among active managers.

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Kluber Dominates in Indians Win

Kluber Dominates in Indians Win

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Corey Kluber continued an impressive stretch by pitching into the eighth inning of a 7-1 Cleveland Indians win over Cincinnati on Monday. Kluber allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings, scattering six hits for his fifth straight win.

"Klubes has pitched to the point where, heck yeah, you better play with confidence," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "He's one of the best pitchers in the league."

Cleveland (57-55) provided more than enough offense for Kluber, who has not lost since June 30. The big blow came on a Lonnie Chisenhall three-run home run in the fourth, making it 4-0. Yan Gomes later added a two-run blast of his own in the eighth inning.

Kluber also struck out seven in the victory and walked just two batters. He also upped his scoreless innings streak to 17 before a Brayan Pena RBI double in the eighth ended that run. It was Cleveland's fourth consecutive win.

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Francona, Hurdle Voted League’s Top Managers

Francona, Hurdle Voted League’s Top ManagersMajor League Baseball (NEW YORK) --  After guiding their squads to turnaround seasons, Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona and Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle won the Manager of the Year awards in their respective leagues. In a close vote by the...

Michael Bourn Signs with Indians

Michael Bourn Signs with IndiansRonald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians have a new star center fielder to go along with their new star manager. Free agent outfielder Michael Bourn agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the team on Mon...

Indians Introduce Terry Francona as New Manager

Indians Introduce Terry Francona as New ManagerRobert Rogers/MLB Photos(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians introduced Terry Francona as their new manager Monday, replacing the fired Manny Acta.Francona, 53, sat out this past year after managing the Red Sox for eight seasons. During his tenure in B...

Terry Francona named new manger of Indians

Terry Francona named new manger of IndiansMike McGinnis/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Terry Francona will be back in a baseball dugout in 2013.  The Cleveland Indians announced on Saturday that Francona will be their next manager. The 53-year-old Francona guided the Boston Red Sox to two Wor...

Francona: Bad Move By Red Sox Banning Alcohol

Francona: Bad Move By Red Sox Banning AlcoholG Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona who spent eight seasons in the clubhouse with his players said on Monday that the recent move by Boston to ban alcohol in the clubhouse was not a good move. "I think it's a ...

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