SPORTS briefs Red Sox fire man­ager Far­rell

The Western Star - - Sports -

BOS­TON – The Bos­ton Red Sox have fired man­ager John Far­rell af­ter the team’s sec­ond straight loss in the AL Divi­sion Se­ries.

The Red Sox an­nounced the move Wed­nes­day less than 48 hours af­ter they elim­i­nated from the play­offs with a 5-4 loss to the Hous­ton Astros. Far­rell’s con­tract had been sched­uled to run through the 2018 sea­son.

Bos­ton won back-to-back Amer­i­can League East ti­tles for the first time in fran­chise his­tory this sea­son de­spite los­ing the bat of re­tired slug­ger David Or­tiz. It also did it de­spite start­ing the sea­son with $217 mil­lion pitcher David Price on the dis­abled list and watch­ing as 2016 Cy Young Award winner Rick Por­cello stum­bled to an 11-17 record. Far­rell man­aged the team to its eighth World Se­ries ti­tle in 2013, his first sea­son. But he found him­self un­der a harsh spot­light each of the last two sea­sons af­ter ex­its in the divi­sion se­ries of the post-sea­son.

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