Oct 1 (The Sports Xchange) - The managerial news Tuesday all swung in favor of incumbents.
The Kansas City Royals signed manager Ned Yost to a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season. The New York Yankees announced that they want to retain manager Joe Girardi, and a report indicated the Texas Rangers will bring back manager Ron Washington.
Speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton was added to the Cincinnati Reds' roster for Tuesday night's National League wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Hamilton was included on the Reds' 25-man roster that was set Tuesday morning. Cincinnati had room to include him by leaving starting pitchers Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo and Greg Reynolds off the roster for the single-game showdown.
Hamilton, who was a September call-up, stole 13 bases in 14 attempts and scored nine runs. He was often used as a late-inning pinch runner.
Right-hander Max Scherzer will take the mound for the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Friday night against the Oakland Athletics, who will start Bartolo Colon.
The remainder of the Tigers' four-man rotation for the series is Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Doug Fister.
A's manager Bob Melvin will go with rookie Sonny Gray in Game 2, followed by Jarrod Parker and Dan Straily. A.J. Griffin, who led the A's in innings this season and ranked second in ERA behind Colon, won't be in the ALDS rotation because of an elbow injury.
Right-hander Lance Lynn, who won his final two starts of the regular season, was selected as the St. Louis Cardinals' starting pitcher for Game 2 of the National League Division Series.
Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 on Thursday against the winner of Tuesday's wild-card game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
After a disappointing, injury-plagued season, Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson underwent right elbow surgery Tuesday.
The arthroscopic procedure, performed by Dr. James Andrews, cleared out loose bodies and a bone spur, the Blue Jays announced in a press release. Johnson could resume throwing in five weeks, meaning he should be back at full strength for spring training, according to MLB.com.
Johnson, 29, will be a free agent following the World Series. He finished 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 starts this year. (Editing by Frank Pingue)