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Royals Rumblings - News for June 15, 2015

Ned defended putting Alex Rios in the number three hole on Saturday.

"We keep expecting Alex Rios to get hot here, real quick," Yost said before the game. "Maybe this will jump-start him a little bit. I don’t know."

He thinks Omar can snap out of it as well.

"I want Omar to get his bat going," Yost said before rain washed away the game. "For me, he’s playing really good defensively. I mean, as good as I’ve ever seen him. Offensively, it’s pitch selection for him. It’s not mechanics."

Royals fans were not pleased with Rios' performance.

An MRI revealed Yordano Ventura had some fluid in his elbow. He is expected to make his next start.

Sam Mellinger writes that the Royals offense is in a funk, but Ned Yost is not going to panic.

Royals fans know that a slump isn’t really a slump until Ned Yost tells that story about Bobby Cox. You have probably heard this one before, but it’s from Yost’s time as a coach with Cox, and back then Yost was particularly feisty. Intense. Cox was that way, too, but when it came to slumps he was maniacal about staying consistent.

The Braves would slump and Yost would ask Cox the same questions the reporters asked him. When are you going to do something, Yost would ask. You have to keep your players comfortable, Cox would respond. Eventually, sure, the manager might get to a point where he’s ready to make a change. "And then I’m going to wait another week," Cox would say...

Yost is at least a week away from making any major lineup changes, or anything else drastic. A failed run in Milwaukee reinforced those lessons from Cox. When Yost was fired by the Brewers, he promised himself that if he had another chance to manage he would smile through the struggles. "Ten years ago, (I) probably would’ve done something," Yost says. "But I think I’m a better manager than I was 10 years ago."

Bob Fescoe thinks everything is fine.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes that the Royals shouldn't apologize for getting out the fan vote.

Kansas City, despite being only the 38th biggest market, has 113,000 households watching every night, fifth-most in the country....

"If teams could vote for their fans to the All-Star Game,'' Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie said, "our fans would probably get the most votes. I think it's really cool what our fans are doing. They're not only at our games (averaging 32,255, an increase of 8,100 a game from last year) but turning on in their homes, and going online to vote for us.

"I don't think this voting thing is a bad thing at all. Like the old adage, if you don't like it, player better. And if you don't like it, vote more.''

David Hill of Kings of Kauffman thinks the Royals should pursue a trade of A's infielder Ben Zobrist to jumpstart the offense.

Danny Duffy's rehab start Sunday was postponed due to rain.

Mark Kanter at KC Kingdom takes a look at some of the worst Royals All-Star selections ever.

Four Wilmington Blue Rocks were named to the Carolina League All-Star team - infielder Ramon Torres, and pitchers Cody Reed, Alec Mills, and Erik Skoglund.

The Royals signed 11th round OF Ben Johnson, a junior out of the University of Texas, and 22nd round pick pitcher Drew Milligan, a senior out of Delta State.

Old friend Carlos Peguero may be headed to Japan.

Raul Mondesi is playing more second base lately.

The Royals and their ad agency were honored for their Alex Gordon billboard from a few years ago.

The Omaha Stormchasers are offering free haircuts to anyone that wants Buddy Baumann's awful hairdo.

The Big Slick Celebrity Weekend is this weekend with Jason Sudeikis, Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, Eric Stonestreet and friends going to the Royals game Friday, including THE VANDERBEEK!

The Idaho Falls Chukars added former big league infielder Ramon Castro to their coaching staff.

Could the MLB Draft be headed to Omaha?

A couple of Central Division rivals called up their top prospects with Cleveland promoting shortstop Francisco Lindor and the Twins promoting outfielder Byron Buxton.

Torii Hunter got a two-game suspension for his striptease last week against the Royals and already served it over the weekend.

Nori Aoki is still very photogenic.

A-Rod joins the 2,000 RBI club which is silly not because of PEDs, but because RBI are dumb.

Big market teams are already looking forward to the Bryce Harper sweepstakes.

Two blind Rockies fans love the game they can't see.

Why any of the eight teams at the College World Series in Omaha could win it all.

The Golden State Warriors are Oakland's team, but probably for not much longer as San Francisco attempts to lure them away.

The Mizzou Athletic Department had the second-highest number of alleged sexual assault cases in the NCAA, according to an ESPN study.

In Australian cricket, you can make a catch with your groin, as Nori Aoki once tried to do.

A scientific study suggests you should let your kids play unsupervised more.

Why is Canada so boring?

The "Star Wars"/"Ocean's Eleven" mashup you've been missing.

Everyone in the world saw "Jurassic World" last weekend.

A look inside the best source for news on the internet, Clickhole.

Your song of the day is The Jam with "A Town Called Malice."