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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Terry Francona has his speech planned. To him, it's the biggest one he'll give all season.

With Boston in his rearview mirror, Cleveland's new manager will stand before the revamped Indians on Friday and outline his expectations for training camp and the upcoming season. Francona, who spent a year as a broadcaster after eight seasons with the Red Sox, said it's vital to set the right tone with his team, one that has been overhauled by an unexpected spending spree.

The Indians invested $117 million in guaranteed money on free agents this winter, with the signings of outfielders Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn accounting for $104 million.

Bourn, an All-Star with Atlanta last season, arrived at the team's training facility on Thursday. He'll be introduced at a news conference shortly after the Indians have their first full-squad workout.

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