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Jason Castro’s two-run single gives the Astros a 2-1 lead in ALDS Game 3

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Update (6:18 PM EDT): Carlos Gomez tacked on with an RBI single with two outs in the top of the sixth against Volquez. The Astros now enjoy a 3-1 lead.


Royals starter Edinson Volquez had been dominating the Astros through the first four innings of ALDS Game 3 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. But the Astros finally broke through with one out in the bottom of the fifth, using a Luis Valbuena walk and a Chris Carter double to left field followed by Jason Castro‘s two-run single up the middle to take a 2-1 lead.

The Royals scored their lone run when Lorenzo Cain hit a no-doubt home run to left field off of Astros starter Dallas Keuchel in the top of the fourth.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: