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Royals Rumblings - News for March 2, 2015

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Pretend baseball starts this week.

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 2, 2015

The Royals played baseball over the weekend! Kinda.

The field was chalked, the umpires showed up, and the first competition for the Royals since game seven of the World Series began at 10:31 a.m. local time with Jeremy Guthrie’s first pitch to Alcides Escobar to open a 5 1/2-inning intrasquad scrimmage. The scoreboard on the practice field didn’t illuminate until the game was well under way, and even then runs weren’t tallied.

"There are no judgments being made on an intrasquad game," Royals manager Ned Yost said. That’s good news for pitchers such as Joe Blanton, the veteran who was roughed up in his inning, and Jandel Gustave, the hard-throwing right-hander acquired from the Red Sox, who surrendered four straight solid singles.

Everyone got participant awards afterwards, and Salvy brought orange slices and Shasta.

Ned Yost explains why having Finnegan start the season in the big league bullpen would not be a waste.

"People that think that way don't have to win ballgames here," Yost said. "We do. We have to do whatever we need to do to win baseball games."

Speaking of Finnegan, Andy McCullough has a nice long piece about rookie Brandon Finnegan with a brief mention of his night out with Patriots star Rob Gronkowski.

He moved into an apartment near campus with a few old teammates. He let his arm rest. He slept in and played golf. For the first six weeks at home, he felt uncomfortable in the spots he once frequented, because "I would go out, and people would just want to take pictures," he said. The night out with the Gronkowskis opened his eyes to the flipside of stardom. After an hour, he decided to leave.

"I’m there and hanging out with them and his five brothers, who are 6-5 and tall, and I’m just watching them go crazy," Finnegan said. "I’m just like ‘This is not for me.’"

Former first round pick Christian Colon acknowledges it has taken awhile, but he is ready to stick in the big leagues.

"You want to get there," Colon said. "Everybody wants to get there. But what I learned from the process is it’s a day-to-day thing. The biggest thing along the way is to ask yourself, what am I doing to help my team? "That’s the advice I’d give to guys like Bubba Starling and Raul Mondesi. You’re drafted where you are for a reason. Stick to your ways and remain confident."

Terrence Gore think he's a 100-stolen base threat.

The start of spring training means a bunch of new Salvy and Cain videos.

Wade Davis and Terrence Gore make the list of "best" spring training photos.

Eric Stephen has some more fun with photo day photos.

Aaron Stilley at Royals Authority has a cool Royals desktop for March available.

Jeremy Guthrie ranks the best songs on Taylor Swift's album "1989."

Lets Go Tribe previews AL Central starting pitching rotations.

White Sox ace pitcher Chris Sale fractured his foot and could miss the opener against the Royals on April 6.

James Harden kicked LeBron James in an unmentionable place Sunday.

All your NHL trade rumors before today's deadline.

Some people didn't like this SNL parody commercial aobut ISIS.

Grantland looks at the polite and hilarious career of Will Forte, in anticipation of his new comedy "Last Man on Earth."

130 years of facial hair trends, in chart form.

The band "311" is making a craft beer.

Your song of the day is dedicated to Jeremy Guthrie, its Taylor Swift with "Style."