There were two inside-the-park homers in the Royals-Rays game last night

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An inside-the-park homer is rare. Two inside-the-park homers is crazy. Indeed, before last night it hadn’t happened since 1997. Logan Forsythe of the Rays and Jarrod Dyson of the Royals each did it last night.

Forsythe’s is nothing to celebrate, of course, as it came on the play where Alex Gordon was injured. He could be out months and it could greatly affect the playoff race. I imagine even Forsythe isn’t terribly happy to have his homer under such circumstances.

Dyson’s, in its own way, was made possible by the Gordon injury inasmuch as he wasn’t in the game until he came in to replace him in left field. His inside-the-parker was a function of a couple of misguided plays on defense that did not quite rise to the level of errors, which is often the case. A dive that maybe shouldn’t have been dove/diven/dived, chief among them.

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Still, the box score rules all, and in the box score these were both inside-the-parkers.

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.