Royals extend Ned Yost through 2019

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Royals skipper Ned Yost will return to manage the club again in 2019, per a team announcement. Yost previously signed a two-year extension over the 2016 offseason and would have seen his contract expire following the conclusion of the 2018 season on Sunday.

It’s been a difficult year for the 64-year-old manager, who is coming off of one of the worst Royals seasons in franchise history. The team is poised to finish the year with at least 103 losses, marking their third-worst record since their inception in 1969 and their worst since Yost took over for Trey Hillman in 2010. In 2018, they got off to a poor start right out of the gate and sank to fifth place in the AL Central by the second day of the season, where they remained with little variation throughout the year.

Despite the Royals’ persistent troubles, however, their veteran manager still holds the winningest record in club history. He’ll enter Sunday’s season finale with a 687-735 record, one AL Central title, two American League pennants and one World Series win over nine years in Kansas City. There are other reasons for hope, too, like the team’s core of young, talented players — Adalberto Mondesi, Brett Phillips, and Ryan O'Hearn among them — as well as the fact that they’re only just emerging from the first year of a lengthy rebuild. Yost will see them through another year as they attempt to work their way back to the postseason, though he’s said he looks forward to handing the reins to his successor after helping shape the current roster into a playoff contender. Whether the Royals are capable of undergoing such a drastic transformation over the next year, of course, remains to be seen.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.