Brian Dozier replaces Jose Bautista on the American League All-Star roster

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Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is now officially an All-Star, as he’s replacing injured Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, MLB has announced.

Dozier’s initial omission from the American League All-Star roster caused some consternation, as he’s been at least the second-best second baseman in the league (behind Jason Kipnis) and arguably the best depending on which metrics strike your fancy. He has 19 home runs, 49 RBI, nine stolen bases, and a .259/.331/.521 triple-slash line.

Bautista has been nursing a shoulder injury since the end of May. To his credit, he has mostly been a productive bat in the Blue Jays’ lineup, currently hitting .239/.385/.496 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI. But he’s hitting a meager .158/.319/.316 in 72 plate appearances dating back to June 23. Rather than risk exacerbating the condition, Bautista will use the few days off afforded by the All-Star break to rest and receive treatment for his shoulder.

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.