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Kevin Millwood struggles in first Triple-A start for Red Sox


Kevin Millwood’s chances of being called up by the Red Sox improved with the news that Daisuke Matszuaka will likely undergo season-ending elbow surgery, but the veteran right-hander couldn’t make it out of the third inning last night in his first Triple-A start for Boston.

Millwood, who signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox last month after being released by the Yankees, allowed four runs on five hits and two walks before exiting with two outs in the second inning.

Prior to being released by the Yankees he also gave up eight runs in nine innings during two Triple-A starts and reports on his fastball velocity weren’t encouraging, which combined with last season’s 4-16 record and 5.10 ERA in 191 innings for the Orioles suggests that Millwood may simply be finished at age 36.

Padres announce Pat Murphy won’t return as manager in 2016

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Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Padres have announced that interim manager Pat Murphy won’t return as the team’s manager in 2016. Haudricourt adds that Brewres manager Craig Counsell tried to get Murphy on his staff, and says to look for Murphy to join the Brewers for the 2016 season.

Murphy led the Padres to a 42-53 record after Bud Black was fired in June. He had previously managed for two years with Single-A Eugene in 2011-12, and at Triple-A Tucson and El Paso in 2013-14.

Former major leaguer Phil Nevin is a candidate for the Padres’ vacant managing position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.

Royals clinch home field advantage, best record in the American League

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With a 6-1 win over the Twins in Sunday’s season finale, the Royals clinched the best record in the American League, which nets them home field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS. The Royals stand at 95-67 while the Blue Jays, who lost on Sunday, finish at 93-69.

95-67 is the Royals’ best record since finishing 97-65 in 1980, when they lost the World Series to the Phillies. Their division title is their first since 1985.

In the ALDS, which starts on Thursday, the Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card game between the Astros and Yankees. They are looking to avenge last year’s World Series loss, in seven games, to the Giants. The Blue Jays will host the Rangers in the other ALDS series.