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Royals Rumblings - News for July 9, 2014

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Check your ego at the door.

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Royals Rumblings - News for July 9, 2014

Seen enough of Raul Ibanez? Ned Yost hasn't Raul will play for the most part until Nori Aoki returns.

"In all fairness to him, he wasn’t playing a lot," Yost said. "And he’s just now getting back in the swing of things. You watch him in batting practice, and you can see. I mean, the guy hit 29 homers last year."

Greg Hall loves Sam Mellinger's column about the tensions between Billy Butler and the Royals, but wants Sam to pick a side.

"Butler and the Royals have been united for too long to let their last and most important season together be affected by any unnecessary drama." Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star

GH: So this is how Mellinger leaves us? With a less-fulfilling finale than the TV series Lost? Did Sam’s third-grade teacher write this note to Butler and the Royals? "Dear Boys, please play nice together." A column that started with so much promise, intrigue and drama ended with a bow and a sucker – and I feel like the latter for expecting it to end differently.

Mellinger also had a Twitter Tuesday mailbag, and defended the Royals front office against calls to fire them.

If the Royals continue to putz along like they are, they will win 85 games, the second-highest total since 1989. And you are insinuating that this would be cause to fire the front office?

I understand that Shields will be gone, Butler too, and that Dayton Inc. favored sons like Moustakas and Hosmer have yet to prove themselves as top-level big leaguers. But we can also have some perspective, right?

I’m the last person to say this front office has done everything right, but Dayton Inc. has also (with the help of appropriate investment from David Glass) dragged the organization from punchline to model.....If you want to rip them, there is plenty of evidence, from Mike Jacobs to Jose Guillen to Jeff Francouer and others. But they are also on pace for the best two seasons in a generation, with the possibility of a real playoff race. And you want to fire them?

Kyle Zimmer came back with a clean MRI and will resume throwing next week. Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo says the best case scenario is Zimmer pitching in late August, although it likely won't be with AA Northwest Arkansas as originally planned.

The Brandon Finnegan era is upon us.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman lists 30 players that could be dealt this summer, but Billy Butler is curiously not on the list. See anyone you like?

Former Royal minor leaguer Michael Liberto is one of thirty-two plaintiffs suing Major League Baseball, the Royals, and a number of other defendants challenging the pay scale for minor leaguers under minimum wage laws. The attorney is a former player himself, and a Mizzou grad and Missouri native, Garrett Broshuis.

Germany destroyed Brazil and made their fans cry. What is the German word for "schadenfreude"?

The future is now! Target Field will be unveiling self-serve beer machines.

Kansas City lost the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cleveland, which is just perfect.

Oh now you've done it, Jay Williams.

Your song of the day is "Hang On To Your Ego" by the Beach Boys (Frank Black version here):