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John Farrell tabs ex-Tribe teammate Terry Francona for All-Star staff

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 14, 2014

Indians manager Terry Francona was one of two skippers chosen Tuesday by John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox to serve on his staff at the All-Star Game.

The game will be played July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Francona and Farrell are close friends, dating back to their playing days with the Indians in 1988. Francona has managed two All-Star Games and for his second, during his Red Sox tenure in 2008, Farrell was his pitching coach.

“To be associated with the spectacle of a Midsummer Classic is something that we'll always remember and for a couple of us, this is the second time we've been fortunate enough to be part of it," Farrell told MLB.com. "And it will get here in time, but we're looking forward to those days."

Farrell also selected Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

In another Tribe nugget, catcher George Kottaras accepted his assignment to Triple-A Columbus Tuesday night.

The Indians take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the second of a three-game series Wednesday night in Rogers Centre. First pitch is 7:07 p.m., with Tribe right-hander Corey Kluber (3-3, 3.48) facing Blue Jays' right-hander Dustin McGowan (2-1, 4.63).

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