The Kansas City Royals fired Trey Hillman as manager and he will be replaced immediately by Ned Yost. That announcement came down from Dayton Moore, the Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager following Thursday’s game with Cleveland.
The Royals snapped their seven game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Indians, giving Zack Greinke his first win of the year. The Indians took a 3-0 lead in the third inning after they had three or four cheap hits with two outs to jump on top, but then Alberto Callaspo tied the game with a three run homer in the fourth. An RBI single from David DeJesus and an RBI double by Billy Butler in the fifth put the Royals on top for good. Greinke, six innings, three runs, eight hits, three walks, and eight strikeouts and the bullpen didn’t blow it.
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Hillman, 47, compiled a 151-207 record in two-plus seasons at the helm. Kansas City was his first Major League managerial assignment after spending five seasons (2003-2007) with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan’s Pacific League, highlighted by three post-season appearances.
Yost, 55, joined the Royals as a Special Advisor to Baseball Operations on January, 13, 2010. He was manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003-08, compiling a 457-502 record (.477 winning pct.) before being relieved of his duties on September 15, 2008. Yost had a combined 166-146 ledger his last two seasons at the helm in Milwaukee.