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Cardinals talk with Francona

Sandberg, others may get interview

TERRY FRANCONA St. Louis bound? TERRY FRANCONA St. Louis bound?
Associated Press / November 9, 2011

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A person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press that former Red Sox manager Terry Francona has interviewed with the St. Louis Cardinals for their manager opening.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. The interview took place in Cincinnati, where Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. lives.

Francona and Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Francona managed the Red Sox for eight seasons and left after they wasted a nine-game September lead in the AL wild-card race.

St. Louis is seeking a replacement for Tony La Russa, who retired two days after winning his second World Series in 16 seasons with the Cardinals.

More interviews are planned for today, believed to be with third base coach Jose Oquendo and Hall of Fame second baseman Ryan Sandberg, who managed the Phillies’ Triple A team last season.

St. Louis previously interviewed Mike Matheny, Joe McEwing, and Chris Maloney.

Cubs eye Maddux

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux is next up as the Cubs search for a new manager. Maddux is slated to interview today.

Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin have already been interviewed to replace Mike Quade, who was fired by new president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.

Maddux pitched for nine teams in a 15-year major league career. He became pitching coach of the Brewers in 2003, then took the same job with Texas before the 2009 season and has helped the Rangers win back-to-back AL pennants. The Cubs are also expected to interview Cleveland bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. Maddux withdrew from consideration for the Red Sox manager’s vacancy, citing the distance between Boston and his family in the Dallas area.

Clemens motion filed

Prosecutors in the steroid trial against Roger Clemens are telling a judge he has no authority to make them pay his attorney fees from a mistrial.

The prosecutors said in a motion filed yesterday that they regret mistakenly showing jurors inadmissible evidence and causing a mistrial this summer. The government has alleged that Clemens lied about using performance-enhancing drugs.

US District Judge Reggie Walton ordered another trial for next spring and invited Clemens to request the government to pay his legal expenses in connection with the aborted trial. Clemens made the request two weeks ago, without a dollar figure. But prosecutors argue that the law says Walton cannot order them to pay attorney’s fees without a congressional waiver.

Fox fights for Dodger rights

A federal bankruptcy judge says Fox will have a chance to challenge the Los Angeles Dodgers if the team attempts to sell future television rights along with the franchise.

Fox’s Prime Ticket subsidiary, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., holds the team’s broadcast rights through the 2013 season and has the exclusive rights of first negotiation from October-November 2012 for a successor agreement.

As part of his bankruptcy case, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said he wanted to auction future broadcast rights. McCourt agreed last week with Major League Baseball that he will attempt to sell the franchise. It’s unclear whether he will attempt to sell the future media rights as part of a sale.

Pitcher acquitted

Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon has been acquitted of an involuntary manslaughter charge in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Simon was acquitted yesterday in the New Year’s Eve shooting death of 25-year-old Michel Castillo Almonte. It was not clear whether the prosecutor planned to appeal. Simon faced up to two years in prison if convicted . . . Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall has undergone successful surgery to remove his prostate and doctors found that his cancer had not spread. The team said that Hall, 42, is expected to recover fully . . . The Brewers are bringing back first-year manager Ron Roenicke’s entire coaching staff after the group led the team to the National League Championship Series. That includes Sveum, for now. Sveum has interviewed for managerial openings with the Cubs and Red Sox. Sveum is the longest-tenured coach on the Brewers’ staff.

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