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Royals Rumblings - News for June 1, 2015

The Royals should know soon whether or not Danny Duffy will be activated this  week.

"I’m ready to go," Duffy said inside the cramped visitors clubhouse. "For sure. But we’ve got to make sure to knock all the soreness out of there, all the inflammation, everything. It’s something you’ve got to take slow, I guess."...

He is likely to take part in at least one start on a rehabilitation assignment before the team decides whether to activate him. Duffy pitched with this condition throughout the summer of 2014, and it contributed to his absence during September and October.

Duffy's beard is gone however, in case you were wondering.

Ned Yost thinks all interleague games should feature the designated hitter.

"I feel our team's built for an American League game," Yost said. "I love National League rules when National League teams are playing National League teams. For interleague games, I think they should just make it all DH. That's just me."...

"It doesn't hurt them," Yost said. "They take a guy who sits on the bench and he's the DH. We come here, we got to take one of our best hitters and put him on the bench. We're not built for the National League game. "They don't have to sit one of their better players, but we do."

The Phillies and Royals discussed Ryan Howard last winter, but a trade would have required the Royals to pay Howard more than the $17 million they signed Kendrys Morales for, according to Jon Heyman.

Phil Rogers of MLB.com writes that the Royals have become "America's team."

Is there another team in Major League Baseball that generates excitement and an almost universal respect more than the Big Blue Machine? Don't think so.

Oh, sure, Yordano Ventura seemed to be wound tight in April, and his teammates had their own macho moments once he stirred bad feelings in starts against the Angels, A's and White Sox. But after the ugly brawl at U.S. Cellular Field, Eric Hosmer proclaimed, "That's not who we are as a team; that's not who we are as an organization,'' and the nonsense stopped there.

The Royals, who are visiting Wrigley Field this weekend, are a team that is clearly being seen as what it is -- a collection of two-way players who are as committed to each other as they are fundamentally sound, and who make new fans every time they pull on their cleats.

Jeff Deters of the Topeka Capitol-Journal writes that Christian Colon has been a key component of the Royals' success.

A case could be made that Colon should be playing more, perhaps even as the team’s starting second baseman over Omar Infante. Colon has played 11 games at shortstop, seven at second and four at third. He is hitting .283 (17 for 60) with four RBIs and a .348 on-base percentage.

"It’s awesome having that confidence being able to come off the bench with a guy like Christian," Moustakas said. "He’s played an important role, a tough role and has done well for us."

Royals top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer looked sharp in his season debut for the Lexington Legends, with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of work.

In case you missed, it the Royals-Cubs game postponed on Saturday will be made up September 28.

The Star has a gallery of how Royals fans invaded Chicago. Hey, that guy on the train is one handsome fellow.

Vahe Gregorian and CineSport's Noah Coslov talk about which Royals should make the All-Star team in this video.

Grant Brisbee looks at some sluggers this year who are defying Father Time.

Ken Rosenthal thinks baseball should consider a split season.

David Schoenfield looks a the best hitting duos in baseball.

Now that balloting is online, should fans vote for pitchers?

Andrew McCutchen is an awesome dude.

A's catcher Stephen Vogt does a decent Chris Farley impression.

St. Thomas pitcher Ben Ancheff is not selling jeans.

How the Cavaliers can beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals.

An indicted FIFA official cites an "Onion" article to defend himself.

Cuban rappers are growing tired of dealing with the bureaucracy of the government "Cuban Rap Agency."

Brian Williams might be out as the anchor of the NBC Nightly News, but the network is still looking for a role for him.

A new study shows conspiracy theorists will believe anything, or so the Illuminati would have you believe.

Your song of the day is The New Basement Tapes featuring Marcus Mumford with "Kansas City."