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The Yankees "made a big proposal" for Royals closer Joakim Soria. With three club options, the...

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The Yankees "made a big proposal" for Royals closer Joakim Soria. With three club options, the 26-year-old righty is under team control through 2014. Had Soria not signed a team-friendly extension in May of 2008, he'd be eligible for free agency after the 2012 season. The only blemish on his record was missing most of May last year with a sore shoulder. How do the Yankees and Royals match up? You'd expect Dayton Moore to pursue Jesus Montero or Austin Romine, though the Royals already have Billy Butler and Wil Myers in the organization.

Jon Heyman MLB Trade Rumors

Kauffman Stadium among worst rated by vendor inspectors

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Kauffman Stadium Kansas City Royals Vendors with critical violations: 62% Inspection report excerpt: Inspectors cited one location with multiple violations for having several items that were either above or below safe temperatures; they found food debris on knives stored in a knife rack.

Dubya's Top Farm Performers (7/25/10)

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  1. Nicholas Francis (RF-Wilmington-24): 2-5, 2R, 2 HR(6), 6 RBI(33), 2K - Hitting .271
  2. Anthony Seratelli (RF-NWA-27): 3-4, R, HR(2), RBI(28) - Hitting .275
  3. Jarrod Dyson (CF-Omaha-25): (Game 1): 1-3, 2R, RBI(1), BB, 2 SB(2) - Hitting .342 (combined 30 games at 4 levels)
  4. David Lough (LF-Omaha-24): (Game1): 1-2, 2R, 3B(8), RBI(39), BB - Hitting .258
  5. Patrick Norris (CF-Wilmington-24): 1-2, 2R, 2BB, 2 SB(22) - Hitting .232

Royals & Mets Working On Megadeal Of Fail

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@Ken_Rosenthal #Mets talking to #Royals. Names in play from Royals: Meche, Farnsworth, Guillen. From Mets: O. Perez, L. Castillo, Francoeur. (more)

Good Article On The Royals, Batting Average, Offensive Woes

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Then there's the self-inflicted damage. In addition to not taking pitchers' gifts in the form of walks, the Royals give away outs intentionally - their 30 sacrifice bunts represent a higher total than three National League teams, who of course are forced into bunting because their pitchers have to hit.

Billy Buckner released. "To make room for Jeff Larish and Will Rhymes on their 40-man roster, the...

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Billy Buckner released. "To make room for Jeff Larish and Will Rhymes on their 40-man roster, the Tigers have designated Casey Fien for assignment and released Billy Buckner, according to the team's official Twitter feed." "Buckner, meanwhile, came to Detroit from Arizona in the Dontrelle Willis trade and struggled with the team's Triple-A affiliate. In 37.1 IP for Toledo, the right-hander posted a 9.40 ERA." Does this mean we can sign him and we got Will Smith and Sean O'Sullivan for nothing?

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#Royals lineup is Pods 7 Kendall 2 Betemit 3 Guillen DH Ankiel 8 Aviles 4 Gordon 9 Yuni 6 Getz 5...

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#Royals lineup is Pods 7 Kendall 2 Betemit 3 Guillen DH Ankiel 8 Aviles 4 Gordon 9 Yuni 6 Getz 5 O'Sullivan 1

Joel Goldberg's Twitter The Yankees might as well just give up now.

OT: Americans ain't so dumb

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This has nothing to do with anything but I had to get it off my chest. I've been to two social gatherings in the past week. The first was international, a mix of expats and Barcelonese, and I wound up talking to a nice couple from Pittsburgh who were here visiting friends. He's an architect and she's in finance. They have multiple degrees from UVA. And they were apologizing for how little they knew about Spain, though they really did know quite a bit. The second one was my wife's extended family and I was delegated to entertain Ismael, my wife's cousin's 25-ish boyfriend. He's no dummy because he's an ambulance driver, and they have to pass a megadifficult driving test, written and practical, and a first aid test. So I start with soccer, knowing we'd have that in common - I don't watch TV much and I know nothing about cars, so those two topics are out the window - and I get the idea he's not exactly sure what the United States is, since he didn't think it was fair for the US, a bunch of different countries, to have its own team. I explain that California and New York and Florida are all part of the same country. I move to the news, all these people getting killed in Mexico. He thinks Mexico is part of the United States. I explain that no, it's an independent country. He says he likes war movies, and I tell him I saw "Triumph of the Will" on YouTube, and explain that it's a Nazi-made movie. He thinks the Nazis were the German Ku Klux Klan. Right about here I give up and begin drinking heavily. So don't let those Europeans bluff you. They come in both intelligent (the ones you know, working on grad degrees in the States) and dumb (most of the rest of them, who you don't know because they couldn't find the US with a ten-foot pole), just like everybody else.

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