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NEW YORK (AP) — Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians has won the American League Manager of the Year award after guiding a team beset by injuries and drug suspensions to a surprising first-place finish.

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The Indians almost claimed their first World Series title since 1948 before the Chicago Cubs overcame a 3-1 deficit.

Voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America was completed at the end of the regular season. The award was announced Tuesday on MLB Network.

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Francona got 22 of the 30 first-place votes. Texas’ Jeff Banister, who won last year, was second and Baltimore’s Buck Showalter was third.

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 21: Manager Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 21, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jeff Banister (Getty Images)

The 57-year-old Francona was honored for the second time. He was the AL Manager of the Year in 2013 after his first season with Cleveland.

Francona also guided Boston to a pair of World Series championships.

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