Francona to Call Red Sox Season Opener


Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, now part of ESPN’s lead MLB broadcast team, will be reunited with his former team early in the upcoming 2012 season.

Francona and Sunday Night Baseball colleagues Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser will call the Red Sox’ season opening game against the Tigers April 5, ESPN announced Wednesday.

The game will be one of four called by the Sunday Night Baseball team during the first five days of the season.

The trio will also call the Cardinals/Marlins season opener on April 4, Royals/Angels on April 6 (ESPN2), and White Sox/Rangers on April 8.

Francona is entering his first full season as a Major League Baseball TV analyst. His career began abruptly last October when he filled in for an ailing Tim McCarver on Fox Sports’ ALCS coverage.

(Wednesday’s news from via Fang’s Bites)