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Tito Francona, father of Indians manager Terry Francona, has died at age 84

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Morning News and Notes, Thursday, February 15, 2018

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Tito Francona spent some of the best years of his career in a Cleveland uniform. His death casts a shadow over the first day of Spring Training, as pitchers and catchers reported yeesterday.

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Tito Francona dies at age 84 - The news of the elder Francona's passing circulated on Wednesday morning, casting a pall over what was officially the first day of Spring Training for the Indians. It was the day pitchers and catchers reported to camp, marking the beginning of another season. This year, it also came with the loss of a player beloved by Tribe fans in the 1950s and '60s, and a man who kept a close eye on the team his son manages.

Terry Francona, father shared baseball bond - The elder Francona left us at the age of 84 on Tuesday night in his home in New Brighton, Pa., where he had watched every Cleveland Indians game that he has not attended personally these last five seasons.

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Trevor Bauer waiting to hear on arb case - "I don't even know what it is," Bauer said on Wednesday, which was report day for Indians pitchers and catchers. "I'm a professional. I show up and do my job the best I can. Either way, I'm well-compensated."

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