Walk-off hit-by-pitch sends Tigers to eighth straight loss

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The Tigers dropped their eighth straight game last night against the White Sox. And it happened in heartbreaking fashion.

After getting a strong outing from rookie left-hander Kyle Ryan and a go-ahead two-run single from Josh Wilson in the seventh inning, the Tigers appeared primed to finally snap the losing streak. Joakim Soria, who has been very solid since taking over the closer role for Detroit, had the White Sox down to their final out in the bottom of the ninth. However, Adam LaRoche provided some heroics for Chicago by slugging a game-tying solo home run. Gut punch.

Then we move to the 11th, when Alex Wilson allowed back-to-back singles to Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus understandably decided to intentionally walk Jose Abreu to load the bases, but then this happened…

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Yes, a walk-off hit-by-pitch. Ouch. Well, double-ouch, really.

The Tigers have now have their longest losing streak since 2005. They have slipped to an even 28-28 on the year, putting them five games off the pace in the American League Central. They’ll look to ace David Price to stop the bleeding tonight.

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.