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Red Sox bad season takes sobering turn as Lovullo takes over as skipper for cancer-stricken Farrell

TORONTO -- The Yankees-Blue Jays showdown was tempered by Friday night's news about the cancer diagnosis of former Toronto manager John Farrell.

Farrell, the former Bisons pitcher and Cleveland farm director who led the Red Sox to the 2013 World Series, announced he has Stage 1 Lymphoma, which was fortunately caught during a routine hernia operation earlier in the week.

He's taking the rest of the season off, leaving his duties to bench coach and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Torey Lovullo, who managed the Bisons from 2006-2008 and played with them from 1995-1998.

Here's's report on the stunning news and Lovullo's post-game comments to the media last night:

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe did an excellent piece on Lovullo's background here.

In the clip below are Farrell's emotional pregame comments about his diagnosis, as well as thoughts from Red Sox lynchpins David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia. Be sure to read more of my thoughts on Farrell and Lovullo in Sunday's Inside Baseball column.

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