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Royals Rumblings - News for March 11, 2015

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The Royals finally lost in the Cactus League. Time to fire Ned Yost.

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 11, 2015

The Royals dropped their first Cactus League game of the spring to the White Sox, although there was a Jarrod Dyson home run, followed by a Mike Moustakas bunt.

Rookie Brandon Finnegan made his Cactus League debut, and there were mixed results.

"I thought my stuff was really good today. Not my top-notch stuff, but for my first outing, I thought it was real good." So did manager Ned Yost. "He had a really good first inning," Yost said, "but kind of ran out of gas at about the 25-pitch mark. But a good first outing for him."

Andy McCullough checked in on the Royals two injured starting players - Alex Gordon and Omar Infante, both of whom indicated they are close to ready for game action.

Gordon pronounced his elbow at "close" to 100 percent, but declined to discuss specifically where he felt deficient. Infante provided an even more scientific answer for his readiness. He declared himself at 80 percent. "Not 100 percent," Infante said. "But more important, when I’m hitting I don’t feel (any pain)."

A recent MRI of Infante’s elbow discovered a bone spur. He received a cortisone shot over the weekend. Infante intends to play as the designated hitter in one of the Royals’ split-squad games on Wednesday. He hopes to resume his throwing program by Saturday. He indicated he needs 10 to 11 games in the field to feel ready for Opening Day.

Reliever Tim Collins will get a second opinion on his elbow. The first one showed ligament damage, which typically leads to Tommy John surgery.

Matthew DeFranks of Fox Sports Kansas City looks at the questions facing each of the Royals' Central Division rivals.

Buddies for life.

Jarah Wright looks at Royals players who have acted in movies over the years, and connects them to...Kevin Bacon.

Royals fan Chris Sembower has a new print out.

Tigers slugger Victor Martinez is still aiming for an Opening Day return after a knee injury.

Young Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is out for the year with a knee injury. I bet Chris Young regrets signing with the Royals now.

The young Cubs hitters Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Javier Baez went back-to-back-to-back in their spring training game yesterday. I want one.

Cuban free agent infielder Hector Olivera could be getting $50 million soon.

Will Ferrell plans to play in all eight Cactus League games on Thursday.

Yesterday was a crazy day in the NFL, and here is the best place to get a summary of what happened.

Among the crazy events was the retirement of 26-year old Titans quarterback Jake Locker. Locker was once considered to be an early-round draft possibility in baseball before he committed to football, but the Angels, who hold his rights, insist they are not interested in him.

RIP Sam Simon, one of the driving forces behind "The Simpsons." Vox.com gives the history and conflict behind the creation of "The Simpsons."

Michael Bolton appears in the movie "Office Space." No, the other Michael Bolton.

Hey, hey, hey....Pharrell and Robin Thicke have to pay $7.3 million to the heirs of Marvin Gaye's estate for copyright infringement over the song "Blurred Lines."

Your song of the day is Marvin Gaye with "Got to Give it Up."