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Surging Guardians beat Royals, hours later Matheny fired


Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramirez drove in two runs and had four hits, Aaron Civale pitched six solid innings and the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-2 in their final tune-up for the postseason. Cleveland opens the wild-card round against Tampa Bay on Friday at Progressive Field. Hours after the game, Royals manager Mike Matheny was fired. The AL Central champion Guardians are 24-6 since Sept. 5 and finish the regular season 92-70. The youngest team in baseball had 17 players make their major league debuts this season.  Vinnie Pasquantino and Kyle Isbel homered for Kansas City.  Royals starter Jonathan Heasley allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings.

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