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Francona says Wallace is first choice

Updated: December 8, 2003, 9:33 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Terry Francona once wanted Tony Cloninger to be his pitching coach in Philadelphia. He may not make the same offer now that he's the manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Cloninger said Monday that Francona told him that Dave Wallace, who became interim pitching coach when Cloninger underwent cancer treatments last season, was the front-runner for the job.

"I'm not counting out that I'm going to be the pitching coach," Cloninger said in a telephone interview. He said he and Francona ...

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