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Royals Rumblings - News for June 11, 2015

Danny Duffy did well in his first rehab start for Omaha.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Kansas City is aiming for Duffy's last start to be June 24, when he is slated to throw six to seven innings and 100 pitches. He is also scheduled to pitch June 14 and go four to five innings and 60 pitches, and June 19 to throw five to six innings and 80 to 85 pitches. That would put Duffy on track to rejoin the Royals in late June, possibly for their series against the Astros. Yost has said before that Kansas City would make room for Duffy in the rotation.

The bats woke up last night thanks to a Gordong.

"You're going to have slumps throughout the season, it's just how you respond to it," Gordon said. "We kept our heads up. It was frustrating at times, but we knew we were going to get out of it, play some better baseball, and that's what we're doing now."

Gordo left Jirschele hanging!

The Royals will wait one more day before making a decision on backup catcher.

The theoretical debate about backup catchers will continue one more day for the Royals. Erik Kratz received a "travel day" on Wednesday after he completed a 20-day rehabilitation assignment, manager Ned Yost said before his team faced the Twins. So the club still hasn’t made an official determination if Kratz or Drew Butera will be Salvador Perez’s backup.

The Royals made pitching a priority in the draft, something about it being the currency of baseball.

In Ashe Russell, Nolan Watson and Josh Staumont, the Royals used the top of their draft lines for power pitchers. "Right from the get go we attacked with power arms," said Lonnie Goldberg, Royals director of scouting. "Like any draft you look for pitching first."

It marked the first time since 2012 that the Royals make pitchers their first three selections.

The also focused on college bats later in the draft.

Scouting Director Lonnie Goldberg recaps the draft in this video.

Craig Brown at Royals Authority is ready to dump Omar Infante.

We are at the point where the Royals are going to be giving the lion’s share of the playing time to a historically bad player at his position. Now, if this were the Old Royals, we’d just nod our heads collectively and say, "Same old Royals." Except this isn’t the Old Royals. It’s not even a reasonable facsimile. This is a team with the best record in the American League and it’s a team with designs on another October run. Infante alone can’t derail this effort. He’s simply one of nine guys in the lineup. But he can certainly kill more than his share of rallies or otherwise negatively impact the game from an offensive standpoint.

It’s not as if the Royals don’t have options. Christian Colon has spent this season collecting a major league paycheck and service time. For his efforts, he has been allowed to swing the bat in anger 74 times and posted a slash line of .269/.329/.313. That’s not great, but that’s a helluva lot better than the production the Royals have been getting at the position.

Cody Reed makes the "fringe prospect" list for Carson Cistulli at Fangraphs.

Were the words "Scott Boras" censored during draft coverage?

Buster Olney looks at the questions that need to be answered heading up to the trade deadline.

Catherine Slonksis writes that fans shouldn't determine All-Star starters anymore.

Grant Brisbee tries to weigh how a "correct" ballot should look.

Here are 50 awesome things about 27-year old rookie Chris Heston's no-hitter.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly doesn't know if any of his players would get into the school were it not for football.

US Men's soccer defeats Germany 2-1 in a friendly. U-S-A! U-S-A!

The Midwest has the straightest roads.

Why did cars go from boxy in the 80s to curvey in the 90s?

"Jurassic World" has lots of teeth.

Is BBC's "Strange" a sci-fi show on par with "Game of Thrones"?

RIP Christopher Lee

Your song of the day is Carole King with "Its Too Late."