They formed a bond as players in the Cleveland organization, it continued as they worked together with the Red Sox, and now the friendship of Boston manager John Farrell and Indians manager Terry Francona will take another step.Francona's Cleveland team is in Boston for a series this week and prior to Monday's opener Francona announced that he would accompany Farrell to his first chemotherapy session today at Mass general Hospital.

Francona explained his decision to join Farrell at Monday's pregame press conference by saying, "I was just asking questions, the normal questions. He mentioned he was starting Tuesday. I said, 'I'm right there. I'll go with you, whatever.' I may not do anything other than get in the way, like normal, but being a friend, the only thing I know how to do is be a friend. Like the rest of us, we don't know exactly what to do, but I do know how to be a friend. I care about him a lot. That's what I'm trying to do."

Farrell is scheduled for three 21-day cycles of chemo therapy that will be overseen by Red Sox medical director Dr. Larry Ronan.