Terry Francona gets to match wits with his former pitching coach John Farrell and many of his former players over the next few nights when Cleveland and the Red Sox play a three game series.

Francona stepped away from the Sox manager job after the September collapse of 2011 claiming the players needed to hear from a new voice. He worked for ESPN last season and was hired by the Indians in the off-season.

Farrell's Sox start the series in first place in the east at 8-4.

Francona's Tribe is 5-6 in the AL central division.

In his time in Boston, Francona won 744 games and had a winning percentage of 57%. In 2004 and 2007 he led the Sox to the world championship.