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Balboni Derby

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Lost in all the suck is that Hosmer has four homers in 17 games even though he has started slow. That puts him on pace for 38 taters, which would, of course, be a club record. We should have a daily tracker for this.

Tommy Hottovy, the newest Royal

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#Royals select contract of LHP Tommy Hottovy from Class AAA Omaha after clearing space by optioning RHP Jeremy Jeffress back to Omaha.

More BBWAA Arrogance

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Upon realizing he was wrong to say that Bagwell never denied using steroids, Pedro Gomez tweeted, "Bagwell DID deny. Fine. You join BBWAA for 10 years, you get to do what YOU want with your vote." This is a continuation of a story which got Platoon Advantage kicked off of ESPN's blog network a few months ago for satirically accusing sports journalists of plagiarism.

Cain Suffers Setback

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We are doomed. Fuuuuuuuuuuccccckkkkkkkkk!

Audio: Royals on PTI

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Royals discussed between 2:25 and 4:10. The onscreen headline was "Season Lost Already?"

"Jonathan Sanchez was under consideration for being non-tendered"--Buster Olney on 810's Border...

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"Jonathan Sanchez was under consideration for being non-tendered"--Buster Olney on 810's Border Patrol well, that makes the trade look all that much better, doesn't it?

I honestly don't think they are anything close to this bad. I might not go with the...

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I honestly don't think they are anything close to this bad. I might not go with the SI-Fangraphs-WAR Power Rankings which kind of overshot the target and had them ranked seventh in baseball. But I do agree somewhat with their premise that this team has had a bad run of luck and a a drought of clutch hitting that doesn't figure to last (five of their 12 losses are by one run). Also, the season is so young that, really, it's absurd to make too much out of anything. Derek Jeter's hitting .400. Albert Pujols is on pace to hit zero home runs. Let's wait it out a bit. That said, the record of teams that have lost 12 in a row is not perplexing. Good teams do not lose 12 games in a row. It's that simple. The best team to lose 12 in a row since the strike was the 2004 Baltimore Orioles who ended up winning 78 games. Of course, 78 wins for this Royals team would probably set off a parade in the Plaza. I would say that if the Royals rebounded from this to win anything above 73 games, it would have to be viewed as a real positive. Posnanski: Dirty Dozen

Billy Butler lookalike -- but dead

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Sad story, but I found the resemblance uncanny.

Diamonds in the Rough 4.24

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First full schedule perfect day down on the farm. Christian Colon 4-7 2b,3b, 2R, 2RBI GW Hit Mike Montgomery 7 IP 7 H 3 R 3 ER 1 BB 6 K Wil Myers 2-4 2b, 2R, 2RBI, SB 2BB Yordano Ventura 4.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 10K Michael Antonio 4-5 2R Lane Adams 2-2 2BB 2 RBI 15 game hitting streak

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