Boston Red Sox Fire Manager John Farrell

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is interviewed in the clubhouse after the Astros beat Boston Red Sox 5-4 in the ALDS Game 4 at Fenway Park Monday Oct. 9 2017 in Boston

Boston Red Sox Fire Manager John Farrell

Nine days later, the Red Sox were out of the postseason, eliminated by the Houston Astros in four games. Farrell's contract had been scheduled to run through the 2018 season.

Boston fired Farrell on Wednesday after the team's second straight loss in the AL Division Series.

He became the first manager in club history to win back-to-back AL East titles and the first to win three AL East titles overall.

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Farrell went 432-378 over five seasons with Boston. Farrell also was part of the team's 2007 World Series title.

Cleveland Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion returned to the lineup for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field.

He then took his first Major League managing job with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he stayed two seasons before returning to Boston.

Encarnacion has been sidelined for the last two contests with a sprained ankle that was sustained in the first inning of Game 2.

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