The subject turned to the depth of Terry Francona’s emotions when reporters asked the manager about returning to Boston tonight.

“Sometimes as I get older,” he said, “sometimes when I don’t want to, like when Swish [Nick Swisher] called me the other night about the baby, I caught myself lying in bed, and I was tearing up. ‘What the hell’s wrong with you?’ ”

Swisher, whose wife gave birth to a girl on Tuesday, is on the Paternity List and is expected to return Friday.

“He’s going to be there in time for the game that night,” Francona said. “Everybody is doing well, and he’s obviously over the top with excitement.”

UNSTOPPABLE? — Miguel Cabrera continues his assault on big-league pitching. The Detroit Tigers’ third basemen entered Wednesday night’s game with a .384 average, 12 home runs and 49 RBI.

In his first at-bat, he delivered an RBI double.

So how do pitchers’ get him out?

“That’s really it,” Francona said. “That’s the problem. He seems to cover so much of the plate. That’s why he’s so special.”