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Royals Rumblings - News for July 15, 2014

In a small way, you're all All-Stars.

Ed Zurga

Royals Rumblings - News for July 15, 2014

Good news, Alex Gordon expects to return when the Royals resume play on Friday in Boston.

But Yost insisted: "I don't think we're going to have to DL him. It's a sprained wrist. I think he's going to go in, they're going to check it and they're going to inject it, and then, he's going to have four days [during the Detroit series] and four days [during the All-Star period], and he's going to be fine. If I put him on the DL, I'll lose him for another week."

Dayton Moore thinks the Royals have another run in them in the second half.

"I think there is another run in us," Moore told "Offensively, we've had some players get hot at certain times, but we really haven't put it all together as a unit yet. "I think we're capable of staying in this thing, especially if we can get the offense going consistently."

Maybe if they eat at a bad Mexican restaurant?

Moore also tells Jeffrey Flanagan that they looked at Orioles All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz when he was a free agent last winter, but the right-fielder wasn't a good fit for what they were looking for.

Keep in mind that after Cruz rejected the Texas Rangers' qualifying offer of $14.1 million, he let it be known that he was seeking a four-year deal for roughly $75 million.

That, of course, was way out of the Royals' financial reach, though Royals officials will not admit that publicly.

"There was an economic evaluation at the time that included the acquisition cost (giving up a draft pick)," Moore said. "You evaluate how a player fits in with your core group, and how you can create an opportunity for that player. The timing of it just didn't work."

I don't know if you've noticed this, but Eric Hosmer has been on fire lately. He's hitting .426 in July and Sam Mellinger writes that the Royals need him to keep this up to stay in contention.

There are a thousand things that would be nice for the Royals, but ultimately not completely necessary. It would be nice if Lorenzo Cain kept up this .300 act, but he’ll have a case as team MVP based on his defense. It would be nice if Nori Aoki looked even vaguely like a leadoff hitter worth trading for, but the Royals would do well to transition Jarrod Dyson into more playing time either way. It would be nice if Jason Vargas pitched as well after returning from his appendectomy as he did before, but the pitching is strong enough to cover a regression. In other words, there are various detours the Royals can take around those roadblocks, significant as they may be.

There are basically two things the Royals absolutely have to have, no matter what: Sal Perez must stay healthy, and Eric Hosmer must hit. On these two points, there is no Plan B.

Fox Sports Kansas City's Sean Keeler provides three questions the Royals must answer in the second half.

Baseball America writes that Hunter Dozier is rewarding the gamble the Royals took on him.

Jury selection begins in the assault trial of former Royals infielder Jose Offerman, who allegedly picked up a bat and attacked an opposing player in a game in the independent leagues.

FX's new show "The Strain" and HBO's "The Leftovers" both seem highly influenced by Stephen King.

Best selfie photobomb ever?

If you're over 30 years of age, you probably need an explainer on what "Turn Down For What" means. Well here it is. And its your song of the day.