Royals extend Yost's contract, fall in finale

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ned Yost will return as the Royals' manager next year following Kansas City's poorest season since 2005.

Kansas City announced a one-year extension Sunday before the season finale against Cleveland.

Yost became Royals manager on May 13, 2010, and led the team to the 2015 World Series title, the team's first since 1985 and second ever.

He also managed Milwaukee from 2003-08.

General manager Dayton Moore says in a statement "his leadership has been and will remain vital for our success."

Yost's Royals fell to the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Sunday in the season finale. The Royals finished 58-104 on the season.

Skoglund allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out three over five innings.

The Royals got on the board in the fifth when Brian Goodwin led off with a hit and stole second, then scored on Meibrys Viloria's single.

Whit Merrifield closed the season with a single in the eighth, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games. The streak was also the longest of the year in the majors.

Merrifield finished the season with 192 hits and 45 stolen bases, leading the majors in both categories.

Kansas City's attendance fell by 555,213 from the previous year - nearly 7,000 per game - and finished at 1,665,107, its lowest since 2010. The club stumbled to 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.