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The Cardinals have interviewed former Red Sox skipper Terry Francona for their vacant managerial position.  The "Post-Dispatch" reports the session took place in Cincinnati, where Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. lives.  Joe McEwing, Mike Matheny and Chris Maloney interviewed for the job last week.  The Cards are expected to interview Jose Oquendo and Ryne Sandberg today.

The Chicago Cubs are set to interview Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux for their vacant managerial position today.  Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein [[ EPP-steen ]] and general manager Jed Hoyer are expected to meet with Maddux at Wrigley Field.  Maddux will be the third candidate to be interviewed by the Northsiders.  Milwaukee hitting coach Dale Sveum [[ SWAYM ]] and Philadelphia bench coach Pete Mackanin have also gone through a formal interview process with the Cubs.  The 50-year-old Maddux, who is the older brother of Cubs pitching great Greg Maddux, has spent the past three seasons with the Rangers.

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