A’s won’t bring back bench, pitching or hitting coaches

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The A’s announced Friday that bench coach Joel Skinner, pitching coach Ron Romanick and hitting coach Gerald Perry won’t return for the 2012 season.

All three were in the first year’s on the job in 2011, though it was actually Perry’s second go-round with the A’s.  Of course, all three were hired during Bob Geren’s tenure as A’s manager. Bob Melvin figures to get input on the new selections now. Melvin just got a three-year extension to stay on as Oakland’s manager.

Skinner’s star really seems to have dimmed. He was frequently talked about as a potential managerial candidate after a decent stint as an interim manager for the Indians in 2002, but the Indians passed him over for the permanent job twice and lasting just one year in Oakland won’t help him any.

The A’s also announced that first base coach Tye Waller and third base coach Mike Gallego will be invited back.

Mike Moustakas sets Royals single-season record with 37th home run

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Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas belted his 37th home run on Wednesday evening, setting a new club record for homers in a single season. Moustakas had been tied with Steve Balboni, who hit 36 home runs in 1985.

The home run came on a 2-0, 82 MPH slider from Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez, boosting the Royals’ lead to 13-0 in the top of the sixth inning.

Moustakas, 29, entered the night batting .271/.313/.523 with 82 RBI and 71 runs scored in 560 plate appearances.

Chris Sale records his 300th strikeout this season

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Red Sox starter Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the 2017 season on Wednesday night against the Orioles. The momentous occasion occurred with two outs in the eighth inning. Facing Ryan Flaherty, Sale threw a slider that caught the strike zone low and inside for called strike three.

Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strikeout 300-plus batters in a season in the last 15 years. Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2002, and Johnson also did it in 2001 and 2000. Pedro Martinez had been the only other Red Sox pitcher to have a 300-strikeout season.

Through eight scoreless innings, Sale limited the Orioles to four hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts. The Red Sox offense gave him plenty of run support. Mookie Betts and Devin Marrero each hit two-run home runs in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez added a two-run double in the sixth and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double of his own in the eighth to make it 8-0.