Pentland fired after sixth straight loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The struggling Kansas City Royals fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland on Monday after the team's sixth
straight loss dropped their record to a major-league worst 13-37.

Kansas City's team batting average of .246 is the fourth-worst
in baseball, and the Royals' on-base percentage of .304 is next to
last in the majors.

Andre David, the team's minor league hitting instructor the past
five years, will replace Pentland for the rest of the season.

"Andre understands our organizational hitting philosophy,"
general manager Allard Baird said in a statement. "He has worked
with a number of our young players, as well as some veteran players
that came up through the organization."

David managed the Gulf Coast Royals in 1998-1999 and the last part of the 2000 season. He also worked in the New York Mets organization.

The 58-year-old Pentland is the second member of Kansas City's coaching staff to leave this season. Manager Tony Pena resigned on
May 10.

The Royals, 5-12 under interim manager Bob Schaefer, open a series Tuesday night at home against the New York Yankees.