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An emotional Indians manager Terry Francona addressed his team shortly after being eliminated in the one-game wild-card playoff against Tampa Bay, 4-0, while the Rays celebrated on the field and then in the clubhouse where for the second consecutive day champagne flowed.
Francona told his team how proud he was of the 92-win season and the 10 straight victories to win the top wild-card spot. He told his club that the season ended all too soon. The dreamy matchup with Francona returning to Boston for the divisional series would not happen. Maybe next year.
Francona, the former Red Sox manager who led the team to two World Series titles in eight seasons, but whose tenure ended with a September 2011 collapse, won 92 games in his first season in Cleveland, but he couldn’t win one more to make the much-anticipated reunion take place.