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Francona meeting with Indians

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Francona meeting with Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Terry Francona's interview to be the Cleveland Indians' next manager is underway.

Francona, who managed the Boston Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, arrived at Progressive Field at 8:15 a.m. on Friday to begin a daylong interview. Francona spent some time on the field watching Indians employees play in a softball tournament. Francona worked as an adviser in Cleveland's front office in 2001 and has said he would like the chance to rejoin the club.

Francona spent the past year working as a TV analyst. He was fired in Boston last season after the team collapsed down the stretch.

On Thursday, Sandy Alomar Jr. interviewed with the Indians. He served as the club's interim manager for the final six games after Manny Acta was dismissed.

The Indians may name a new manager as early as next week.

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Capitals trade Philipp Grubauer, Brooks Orpik to Colorado Avalanche

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Capitals trade Philipp Grubauer, Brooks Orpik to Colorado Avalanche

The Capitals made a splash before Friday's draft as they traded goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick, the 47th pick overall, the team announced.

General manager Brian MacLellan said after the season that he would look into trading Grubauer to put him in a position where he could start, something he would not get in Washington with Braden Holtby in tow. The trading of Orpik frees up $5.5 million in cap space for next season, key for the Caps as they attempt to re-sign defenseman John Carlson.

More on this story to come.

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Bryce Harper will compete in Home Run Derby, but only on one condition

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Bryce Harper will compete in Home Run Derby, but only on one condition

It’s happening.

When the 2018 All-Star Weekend comes to Washington, D.C. in the middle of July, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will compete in the 2018 Home Run Derby, but only on one condition: He has to be a member of the 2018 National League All-Star Team.

Though Harper is having a down year, only hitting .213 thus far, he leads the NL in home runs with 19.

In the June 18 update of All-Star game voting, Harper sat second among all outfielders with just north of 1,000,000 votes.

That means he’s not only going to make the All-Star team, but he’ll likely start in the outfield.

Harper, a five-time All-Star, competed in the Home Run Derby once before. He was the runner-up to Yoenis Cespedes in 2013, losing by just one long ball, 9-8.

The 2018 Home Run Derby will take place on July 16 at Nationals Park.

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