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Francona on Manny: ‘We bumped heads’

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POSTED June 3, 2014 2:29 a.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona isn’t waiting for an apology from Manny Ramirez.

Francona guided Boston to two World Series titles during eight seasons, and the Red Sox played in Cleveland on Monday night. He was asked about comments Ramirez made last week during an event honoring the 2004 Red Sox, who won the franchise’s first title since 1918.

Ramirez apologized for his sometimes bizarre behavior in Boston, but came short of saying he was sorry for pulling himself from the lineup before a game in 2008.

Francona didn’t want to get drawn into a controversy and said he was happy Ramirez “is in a good place.”

Francona said Ramirez “for the most part, was a really lovable guy.” Francona added that “sometimes we bumped heads.”

Ramirez attended last week’s event in Boston. Francona he was invited, but was busy managing.

Ramirez is now a player-coach in the minors for the Chicago Cubs.

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Astros prospect Singleton to make debut: HOUSTON (AP) — Highly touted Houston Astros prospect Jon Singleton has agreed to a five-year contract and will make his major league debut today.

The Astros announced the deal and his promotion Monday during an off-day. Houston hosts the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Singleton is rated by many as baseball’s top first baseman of the future. His new deal runs through the 2018 season with club options for the following three seasons. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

The 22-year-old was hitting .267 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Singleton was acquired from Philadelphia in the 2011 trade for Hunter Pence. He was suspended 50 games last season for a second failed drug test.

Singleton told The Associated Press in spring training that he has an addiction to marijuana and had spent a month in a rehabilitation center last year.

First baseman Marc Krauss was sent to Triple-A to make room for Singleton.


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