Chance Adams to make MLB debut for Yankees on Saturday

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Joe Sherman of the New York Post reports that Chance Adams is likely to be called up by the Yankees to make a spot start against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Adams, a top Yankees prospect, turns 24 a week from today. He started off the year terribly in Scranton, but has righted the ship in recent weeks. At the moment he possesses a K/BB ratio of 102/48 over 98 innings. He tossed seven and a third scoreless innings in his last start and, that rough start aside, seems to be falling back into the form that he showed in his past few, quite excellent, minor league seasons.

I don’t envy him making his first start against the Boston Red Sox — they’re murderers, you realize — but some people respond well to sink or swim. So Yankees fans, give him a . . .

Sorry.

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.