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CLEVELAND (AP) - New Indians manager Terry Francona said he got lost making a two-block walk to Progressive Field for the home opener.

Francona, who is living in downtown Cleveland during the season, was thankful there were people on the streets Monday morning "because I got lost three times." Francona joked that he doesn't have a good sense of direction and was glad someone finally picked him up in a golf cart and got him to the ballpark.

Boston's manager for eight seasons, Francona said "Cleveland is officially the nicest people I've ever met. Everybody I did walk by said, 'Hello.' That's a little different than I'm used to."

Francona said he was looking forward to catching a ceremonial first pitch from his father, Tito, who played outfield for the Indians from 1959-64.

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