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MLB adds Masahiro Tanaka, Felipe Vázquez, Brandon Woodruff to All-Star rosters

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Three new players have been added to the All-Star Game rosters in advance of the festivities next week. Major League Baseball announced the addition of Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka to the American League All-Star roster, while Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez and Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff have been assigned to the National League camp.

The three pitchers will replace Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (shoulder soreness), Diamondbacks righty Zack Greinke, and Brewers lefty reliever Josh Hader (back stiffness) on their respective teams. Unlike Stroman and Hader, Greinke does not appear to be battling an injury, but is expected to miss the All-Star Game because of an undisclosed personal matter instead.

As should be expected from any All-Star nominee, Tanaka, Vázquez, and Woodruff have delivered solid results over the first half of the 2019 season so far. Tanaka is 5-5 in 18 starts with a 3.86 ERA, 2.1 BB/9, 7.7 SO/9, and 2.1 fWAR (eighth-most among qualifying AL starters) through 105 innings pitched. Vázquez, meanwhile, profiles as the seventh-best reliever in the league with 19 saves and a 2.19 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, 14.4 SO/9, and 1.4 fWAR across 37 innings. Woodruff — the only pitcher of the three who had yet to receive an All-Star designation — carries an NL-leading 10 wins across his first 18 starts of the year, underscored by a 3.67 ERA, 2.1 BB/9, 10.5 SO/9, and 3.1 fWAR in 108 innings.

The All-Star Game is scheduled to kick off at Progressive Field on Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30 PM EDT.

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: