BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox fired manager John Farrell after the team’s second straight loss in the AL Division Series.

The Red Sox announced the move Wednesday less than 48 hours after they eliminated from the playoffs with a 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros. Farrell’s contract had been scheduled to run through the 2018 season.

Boston won back-to-back American League East titles for the first time in franchise history this season despite losing the bat of retired slugger David Ortiz.

Farrell managed the team to its eighth World Series title in 2013, his first season.

— The Associated Press

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