Yasiel Puig suspended one game for flipping off hecklers

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On Tuesday in Cleveland, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig flipped off some hecklers at Progressive Field after hitting a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. After the game, Puig said he’d pay a fine and admitted “[stooping] to their level.”

Major League Baseball has done a little more than fining Puig for his actions. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that Puig has been suspended for one game. Puig is appealing the suspension, so he’ll be eligible to play until that issue is resolved.

Puig is in Wednesday’s lineup against the Indians, batting ninth and playing right field. He enters the game batting .239/.313/.418 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI in 240 plate appearances.

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.