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Mass. Gov. keeps mum on exit of Red Sox's Francona

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"Don't you think I have my hands full just trying to run state government … I love this team. I love it's management. I love the players and the fans are unbeatable," responded Patrick.

"Wow, I mean we got more from him on the president than that," said Gregory.

The Red Sox released a statement Friday announcing they were not picking up the option on Francona's contract for a ninth year as manager.

Francona helped lead the Boston Red Sox to two World Series Championship wins, including its first in 86 years.