CLEVELAND-- Indians manager Terry Francona is returning to Boston for the first time as an opposing manager and expects an emotional homecoming.
Francona won two World Series titles during eight seasons with the Red Sox, who ended an 86-year drought under his leadership in 2004.
Francona is sure he will "have a lot of emotions" on Thursday when his AL Central-leading Indians open a four-game series at Fenway Park.
Francona doesn't want to be a distraction to his team in Boston and made it clear that he's "proud to go back there as an Indian. I don't want that to ever get lost in the shuffle."
Indians pitcher Justin Masterson, who played parts of two seasons for Francona in Boston, hopes Red Sox fans welcome back their former manager warmly.