Francona's four candidates for manager

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Francona's four candidates for manager

Terry Francona's not on the search committee for the new Red Sox manager. But if he were . . .

"I'll give you four names," the former Red Sox manager and current ESPN analyst said on 'SportsCenter' Thursday afternoon. "And if this was my decision, this would be the direction I would want to go:

"Former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell has to be a name and it's already being thrown around. Now he's the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, so there's some issues there.

"Former Sox coach and current Orioles third-base coach DeMarlo Hale. Well-respected.

"Former Sox coach and ex-Astros manager Brad Mills. Well-respected again.

"Current Sox bench coach Tim Bogar.

"All guys that have worked there in the past through the good times. They would immediately have the players' respect; I'm talking about Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester. Will Middlebrooks . . . "

Francona also dismissed the notion that those candidates would bring back the culture that led to the collapse in September 2011.

"We talked about . . . the change of culture in the clubhouse . . . There were some mistakes made last September, and that was under my charge. But that doesn't mean that everything's wrong."

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.