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Struggling Royals fire manager Hillman

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals, who lost 14 of their last 20 games, fired Trey Hillman as manager and replaced him with Ned Yost, the struggling Major League Baseball team said on Thursday.

The Royals, last place in the American League Central Division and 10.5 games back of the leading Minnesota Twins, made the announcement after the team's 6-4 victory on Thursday against the Cleveland Indians.

Hillman, 47, compiled a 151-207 record in two-plus seasons in his first major league managerial job after five seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan's Pacific League where his teams made three post-season appearances.

Yost, 55, who joined the Royals in January as a special advisor to baseball operations, managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003 to 2008 and compiled a 457-502 record.

(Writing by Larry Fine, Editing by Frank Pingue)

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