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Royals Rumblings - News for March 9, 2015

A Royals blog about bees.

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 9, 2015

Vahe Gregorian thinks Mike Moustakashot post-season could carry into this year.

To Yost’s way of thinking, Moustakas (and Hosmer) had to deal with "unbelievable hype" when they came up as the perceived cornerstones of the future of the Royals. "That’s a lot of pressure where you’re not lying in the weeds getting your experience, right?" he said. And it seemed to snag Moustakas in its clutches, just like maybe the voices of too many hitting coaches in too short a time....

Actually, Yost figures he doesn’t have to think about such things as jinxes at this stage because of the playoff run that started with a fresh slate for Moustakas and ended with him being the player the Royals had long expected to see.

"All of a sudden, the (statistics) went away, and the focus got off of him and onto our team. And look at what he was able to accomplish," Yost said. "So now we come into this spring with him not having to live up to those expectations. "Because he has already."

Royals second baseman Omar Infante has elbow inflammation.

It’s a similar condition that bothered Infante last spring, and Royals manager Ned Yost said he is awaiting word on whether Infante will receive a cortisone shot or other form of treatment. There is no definite timetable for Infante’s return, but the injury is not considered long term.

"It’s something he’s always had," Yost said. "There were no loose (bones) or anything like that; it was exactly the same as it was last year at this time. "He’ll work through it. He worked through it last spring. He’ll work through it this spring. At times it will get inflamed. We just get the inflammation out and he’ll be fine."

The Royals signed pitcher Chris Young over the weekend, and he will make the team, says general manager Dayton Moore.

"He will make the team out of spring training," general manager Dayton Moore said. "Right now, if things go to script, our rotation is probably cemented with the main five guys, so his role at this point would be as a middle guy, a long guy. "But we felt we needed to add some depth with some starting rotation help. He’s a pitcher we’ve admired, and he’s got a chance to throw some very impactful innings and be a strong part of our pitching staff."

Jerry Crasnick has more on his incentives.

Danny Duffy looked sharp in two scoreless innings in a start on Saturday againt the Reds.

"I didn’t get a chance to throw too much off-speed. My fastball was locating really well. Next time I go out there, I’ll probably mix it up a little more if we get deeper in the counts. But a lot of first-pitch hacks, and I threw a lot of sinkers, too."

David Hill at Kings of Kauffman writes the Royals are expecting more out of Terrance Gore this year.

It is not as though Terrance Gore strikes out a lot more than normal. His 21.1% strikeout rate for his career is not that far removed from the league averages. While he has displayed a solid batting eye, with an excellent 10.8% walk rate, Gore just has not hit the ball solidly enough to warrant the expectation that he can be another Jarrod Dyson for the Royals.

So about those bees at yesterday's game...

Ned Yost, PETA spokesman.

Wil Myers wants to prove the Rays wrong about giving up on him.

He struggled last year as a sophomore, batting just .222 with six homers after that very nice rookie season, but that could be attributable to a broken wrist suffered in June (and actually, Myers said he first jammed the wrist on game four of the season).

So it had to be something more, and one thing that's out there on the rumor mill is that he didn't take direction well. "I heard that one, too," Myers admitted.

What exactly does a baseball captain do? I assume make sure someone brought enough baseballs to play or something like that.

Jack Moore of Hardball Times is not impressed with baseball reporters.

Looks like Jeremy Maclin is returning to Missouri with the Chiefs, joining up with his old coach Andy Reid. That should improve last year's touchdown number from receivers to a number higher than zero.

Sporting KC played to a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls in their season opener. Meanwhile in MLS, 60,000 people showed up in Orlando to see their new soccer team debut.

Steph Curry has apparently signed with the Harlem Globetrotters, or so it would seem.

As if you needed more reason to hate Jim Harbaugh.

The best moments of Conan O'Brien in Cuba.

The Apple Watch launch is today, here are six things to expect. has what you need to know about the new Apple Watch.

Was 1985 the last great year of film for younger audiences?

Batman v. Darth Vader - who ya got?

Your song of the day is The Silversun Pickups with "Busy Bees."