UPDATE: Roy Halladay throws perfect game

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UPDATE: He did it!  He did it!  Halladay retired 27 of 27 Marlins hitters and just completed the 20th perfect game in MLB history.  It is the second in Phillies history.

UPDATE: Halladay is now perfect through eight innings with 10 total strikeouts.  He’s up to 103 pitches, but high pitch counts have never really bothered the workhorse right-hander.

8:58pm: Let’s go ahead and reel in some of you folks who are locked in on NBC’s Stanley Cup finals coverage or the NBA Playoffs.  We may have a historic night in south Florida, as Phillies starter Roy Halladay has a perfect game through seven innings against the Marlins. 

He has fanned nine batters without allowing a walk or a hit.  The former Toronto ace has never thrown a no-no, never mind a perfect game.  We’ll have updates as he continues toward history.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.