According to an industry source, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will serve as a guest analyst on Fox Sports during the network's playoff broadcasts of the American League Championship Series. Francona will fill in for color man Tim McCarver in the first two games of the ALCS, at a time when McCarver -- who is expected to return to the booth for Game 3 -- is undergoing what Fox has described as "a minor heart procedure."

Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday morning to discuss the Red Sox' possibilities for their next manager, where Theo Epstein will be next season, and his take on Terry Francona's departure.

Recently departed Red Sox manager Terry Francona will appear on The Big Show Wednesday during the 3 p.m. hour. Francona walked away last week after eight seasons in Boston, following the Sox' September collapse that left them out of the postseason. During his outgoing press conference Friday, Francona referenced issues in the locker room that led to his decison.

According to a source, the Red Sox still have not finalized a list of managerial candidates to be interviewed for their opening. Names such as Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. have been discussed but have not formally been identified by the Sox as candidates for the job.

C.J. Wilson is most likely not walking through that door, and you also shouldn't be counting on the big Yu Darvish press conference.



Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in a series of tweets, offered an update on his team's search for a new manager without offering any insight into whether his team would grant the Cubs' request for permission to talk to Sox general manager Theo Epstein.

After months of speculation that the Cubs were interested in talking to Red Sox GM Theo Epstein about heading their baseball operations, it appears that Chicago has made the first official move in pursuit of the architect of two World Series winners.

Former Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre crushed three solo homers on Tuesday to lead the Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Rays that propelled Texas past Tampa Bay in the Division Series. Beltre produced the seventh three-homer game in postseason history, and the first since Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy became the unlikeliest member of the club with his three homers against the Twins in Game 5 of the 2002 ALCS.

Rumored Red Sox managerial candidate Pete Mackanin would be interested in the position, according to an ESPN report

According to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, Terry Francona would manage next season if offered an opportunity.

Other than the Red Sox, the White Sox are currently the only club with a managerial opening. Francona -- who managed in the White Sox minor-league system from 1991-95 -- has been rumored to be a serious candidate for the White Sox job.

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