Cardinals interview Terry Francona for managerial opening

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations tells

The Associated Press that former Boston Red Sox manager Terry

Francona has interviewed with the St. Louis Cardinals for their

manager opening.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because no

announcement was made.

Francona managed the Red Sox for eight seasons and left after

they wasted a nine-game September lead in the AL wild-card race.

St. Louis is seeking a replacement for Tony La Russa, who

retired two days after winning his second World Series in 16

seasons with the Cardinals.

More interviews are planned for Wednesday, believed to be with

third base coach Jose Oquendo and Hall of Fame second baseman Ryan

Sandberg, who managed the Phillies' Triple-A team last season.