Farrell thanks well-wishers, even Yankees fans

BOSTON (AP) A lot of people reached out to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell to wish him well after he was diagnosed with cancer - even fans of the rival New York Yankees.

A day after the Red Sox announced that Farrell was given a clean bill of health, the manager says Friday it was a huge relief.

Farrell says he was gratified to hear from so many people. That included those in sports who have been diagnosed with cancer, such as Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders.

Farrell says he heard from former Red Sox manager Terry Francona every day since August.

But Farrell says the biggest surprise came from Yankees fans: ''It certainly gives you a boost.''