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Royals Rumblings - News for June 12, 2014

The calendar says "June", and yet we still have a baseball team with a winning record.

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 12, 2014

As assembled by Royals Review staff:

Lee Judge addressed Ned Yost's stubbornness in not changing the lineup to move Alex Gordon and maybe Lorenzo Cain higher in the lineup because psychology, mental blah blah, grit.

It’s such a mental game already; you move a guy out of the three-hole and he starts pressing even more to get his spot in the order back. You take a player who was hitting great the in six-hole, move him up in the order and he starts pressing to justify being that high in the lineup. Put a hitter in the four-hole and he might think he needs to hit for more power and jack up his swing. Former Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane once told me some players get "nosebleeds" when they get moved up in the order. I asked what the meant and Mac said: "They can’t hit that high."

Baseball players are such delicate flowers.

The Royals aren't scoreboard watching much....yet.

"I look at them," Butler said. "But you don't worry about them early on. It's like Detroit, early on, they were playing lights out. You know that's not going on forever. Or you hope. So you don't get too worried. "I would say then around August you really start to pay attention." Players are more apt to keep mental track of how close they are to .500.

Nice to know their goals are aimed high.

I love the interplay between Royals beat writer Andy McCullough and Manager Ned Yost.

Those two need to star in a buddy cop movie.

Royals first round pick Brandon Finnegan talked about his shoulder while in between games at the College World Series in Omaha.

"Really, it was just a little bit of inflammation of the shoulder," Finnegan said. "I think what caused it was just sleeping on it wrong. I don’t throw many pitches in any of the games I’ve pitched. The most I’ve ever thrown is 116, which is less than any of the other big-time guys in the draft. It’s definitely nothing to do with over-pitching. "It was a little tight. I knew something wasn’t right, but I wanted to pitch.

So I did all the tests with Dr. (John) Conway and passed them with flying colors, so they went to my hips and found out they were a little off-balance, I lost a little rotation in them. So I started stretching my hips out, and after that, my shoulder felt amazing."

Salvador Perez gives TV show advice. Listen up Rex.

Ugh, why do I fear this will not go well?

A statistician at Deadspin writes that a great General Manager might be worth more than Mike Trout, possibly as much as $50 million. But what about a crummy General Manager?

Dave Chappelle was on Letterman and talked a bit about why he left "The Chappelle Show."

The World Cup starts today. Here is your SB Nation World Cup Preview. Who ya got?

The Royals are back above .500. Your song of the day is "Back in the Saddle" by Aerosmith: