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Royals Rumblings - News for March 26, 2015

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 26, 2015

No surprise, Yordano Ventura has been named the Opening Day starter.

Ned also gave a sneak peak at his potential starting lineup.

Tim Kurkjian asks the questions that no one has thought about all off-season - what if Alex Gordon had tried to score in Game 7? Its actually a nice breakdown of the play with different perspectives from the players involved.

Juan Perez: "When I got to the ball, I tried to pick it up with my bare hand instead of using my glove. That was another mistake. Then I kind of kicked the ball and I thought, 'Oh my God, he might score!' I wasn't sure how fast he really was, and I thought there was a chance he would score."

Jirschele: "I know Gordo is going to get to third, and I'm thinking, 'Holy mackerel, we might have a shot here.'"

Blanco: "But when he misplayed it, I thought, 'Oh my God, he's going to score!' All I could think was, 'Oh my God, throw it back in, please!!!'"

Bochy: "When Perez had some trouble with it, and I'm thinking, 'Just get it back in [the infield]. Just get it back in.'"

Posey: "When we kicked it around a little, I thought, 'I had better get back behind the plate because there might be a play at the plate.'"

Crawford: "When I saw Perez not picking up the ball, that's when I had my, 'Oh (----) moment.' I thought, 'Are we really going to have a play at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in the seventh game of the World Series?'

MLB.com's Jim Callis visits Royals camp and has a really nice in-depth report on the Royals minor leaguers and who he thinks can break out, as well as an interview with Kyle Zimmer. Of note is some reported increased velocity from Christian Binford.

Because he usually works around 90 mph with his fastball, Binford doesn't get as much acclaim as Manaea, Zimmer and Co. But Binford pitched his way from Class A Advanced to Triple-A at age 21 last year, and he made the most of the brief look he got as a non-roster invitee this spring. He struck out six batters in five scoreless innings, finding the strike zone with 29 of his 34 pitches. "Nothing really fazes him," assistant GM of baseball operations Scott Sharp said. "He has no fear for a touch-and-feel guy, and he also throws harder than people think. He was up to 95 the other day."

Chris Mitchell at Fangraphs looks at Terrance Gore's upside.

More likely than not, Gore’s reached his ceiling. He will never be anything more than he already is: An excellent pinch-runner. Gore does one thing well, and he does it really well; but it takes more than 80-grade speed to be a big league asset. Even players who primarily rely on their non-hitting skills — like speed and defense — need to clear a certain offensive threshold, and Gore falls well short of this threshold. To be worthy of even a fourth or fifth outfield spot, he’d need to significantly improve his offensive game. Incremental improvements would do very little to move the needle on his big league utility.

Ryan Parker of Baseball Prospectus got a chance to look at Miguel Almonte.

Hmmm.

Andy McCullough in video form gives his reaction to Edinson Volquez's rough spring and talks Alex Gordon's return.

Anthony Castrovince has Jeffrey Flanagan on his podcast, and Flanagan reveals why he didn't like sending Brandon Finnegan to the minors.

The rival Indians are discussing a contract extension for Cy Young winner Corey Kluber.

Cubs pitcher Edwin Jacksongot lost with Google Maps.

Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart is under investigation by Major League Baseball for gambling.

Russell Carleton at Baseball Prospectus takes a look at the high five.

I have no idea why former Packers great Ray Nitschke is the top-selling throwback jersey in Kansas. Could be a small sample size issue.

Bill Barnwell at Grantland says the Chiefs are one of the most well-positioned teams in the NFL Draft with ten picks.

John Calipari reportedly wants back in the NBA.

Kansas State shakes up their basketball program, dismissing three players including top scorer Marcus Foster.

Spencer Hall looks at how the BBC show "Top Gear" is dead with the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson.

Guys, Zayn Malik is leaving "One Direction." Our counselors are available if you need to grieve.

We finally know how many bloggers live in their parents' basements.

"Super Troopers 2" reached its crowdfunding goal in one day.

Despite their privacy policy, Radio Shack is putting your customer data up for auction to the highest bidder. Aren't you glad you bought those batteries there?

The author of a new book says we shouldn't try to lose weight, but here's why she's wrong.

Your song of the day is Two Door Cinema Club with "What You Know."