Royals extend Yost, Merrifield makes history

Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield hits a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals lost to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, 2-1, but that did not stop them from a couple of big announcements.

Before the game, the club announced it had signed manager Ned Yost to a one-year contract extension.

Then, in the eighth inning, Whit Merrifield hit a single which extended his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games.

The streak is the longest of the year in the majors, and Merrifield finishes his season with 192 hits and 45 stolen bases--both of which lead the majors, as well.

According to the Associated Press, Kansas City's attendance fell by 555,213 from the previous year — nearly 7,000 per game — and finished at 1,665,107, which was its lowest since 2010. The club finished its worst season since 2005, when it set a team record for most losses at 106. The 104 losses this year matched the 2004 team for the second-worst record in franchise history.

This was the fifth time the club lost at least 100 games.