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Francona: Sox will miss John Farrell

Updated: October 25, 2010, 6:48 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- For the second consecutive offseason, Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona will lose a trusted confidant, as pitching coach John Farrell was named the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday afternoon.

Last winter, bench coach Brad Mills was named manager of the Houston Astros, and now Francona will have to manage against Farrell 19 times in the American League East.

"It's one heck of a unique and exciting opportunity," Farrell said at a news conference in Toronto. ...

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