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Royals Rumblings - News for June 22, 2015

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 22, 2015

Ned Yost wasn't thrilled about yesterday's blowout loss, but he says it could have been worse.

"We could be getting beat 12-0 and it be 100 degrees outside," Yost said.

Danny Duffy's rehab is over, he'll start Wednesday night in Seattle.

"I think I'm ready in every aspect of the word, every aspect of my game is how I feel right now," Duffy said. "Now is better than never. I'm really excited to get back out there and do my part. It's been a while since I've done my part. It'll be good. I'm excited."

Rob Neyer doesn't think the Royals should consider locking up any of their young players to long-term deals.

Well, guess what. I’m not seeing any great candidates here. Eric Hosmer’s the best young hitter the Royals have, and he’s not eligible for free agency until a few days after he turns 28. Has he shown enough for us to think he’ll be well above average in his Ages 28 through 32 seasons? I don’t think so. After all, we’re talking about a guy who’s averaging roughly 2 Wins Above Replacement per season in his career. And again, he’s the best candidate among the hitters.

Pitchers? Er, no. Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura haven’t demonstrated any sort of real durability, and Kelvin Herrera’s exactly the sort of pitcher you’re not going to worry about locking up, unless you get a great deal. So

I’m going to say the answer is none. Instead of worrying about locking up anyone, the Royals need to develop the next crop of guys worth locking up.

Ned Yost remains modest after winning more games than any manager in Royals history.

"I don’t enjoy the attention," Yost said before Friday’s series opener against the Red Sox. "I like it when the attention is focused on them. Not on me. I’m glad it’s over, I’m glad we’re done with it, and let’s go out and try to break the record again tonight."

ESPN's Dan Szymborski ranks Yordano Ventura as the seventh-best pitcher under the age of 25 in baseball.

Maybe it's the sunny optimism I'm known for, but despite his bumps and bruises this season, I'm still on Team Yordano. I swear, I once saw Ventura throw a fastball that landed in the catcher's mitt before he threw it. He's got the stuff, but he's just not putting away batters -- and at times is doing a better job losing his temper than getting strike three.

Kris Medlen was impressive in his first rehab outing for AA Northwest Arkansas.

Medlen, on the mound Friday for Class AA Northwest Arkansas against Springfield, threw four innings, and 39 of his 65 pitches went for strikes. He struck out five, walked zero and surrendered four hits, including a home run. His fastball sat at 93-94 mph.

The Royals signed 4th round pick left-handed pitcher Garrett Davila for $300k over-slot. However, Davila won't be pitching any time soon.

Although he’s officially now a professional baseball player, Davila actually won’t play baseball for at least several months. The Royals first want the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Davila to begin a rigorous workout program to build muscle and add weight. The idea is to build his body for many seasons to come. "They don’t want me to rush in and get injured," Davila said.

"At first I was a little upset (when told he wouldn’t play immediately), but it’s whatever. I’m going to do what they say to get stronger."

33rd overall pick pitcher Nolan Smith enjoyed his time in Kansas City.

Alec Tilson at KC Kingdom looks at the new Mike Moustakas.

Erik Kratz gets picked up by the Red Sox. ERIK KRATZ IS A TRADER.

The Chris Youngs have resurrected their careers this year.

The Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Royals High-A affiliate, clinched a first-half division title over the weekend.

The Short-Season Burlington Royals of the Appalachian League announce their roster.

Northwest Arkansas designated hitter Mike Bianucci, signed as a minor league free agent last winter, has been suspended for 80 games for using PEDs.

Rob Riggle challenges Eric Hosmer and Brandon Finnegan to do 20 pushups for military veterans.

"Entertainment Tonight" has all your coverage of the Big Slick Celebrity softball game at the K Friday night.

The Royals pass 1 million fans in attendance for the season faster than any other season in club history.

The Ban Johnson League, Kansas City's summer college league, kicks off its season.

Max Scherzer tosses a no-no, but loses his perfecto in excruciating fashion.

The Diamondbacks trade a top prospect just for the right to move a bad contract to the Braves. We can never again say "your fanboy trade idea is implausible."

A-Rod got his 3000th hit on Friday night, a home run, and everyone cheered.

The fan that caught his home run won't be giving it back.

A third breach of the Astros database by the Cardinals has been discovered.

A minor league team canceled a planned "Caucasian Heritage Night" promotion.


Could Dwyane Wade be headed to the Lakers?

The 31 most ridiculous moments of the "True Detective" Season two premiere.

Pixar's "Inside Out" was huge at the box office, the exact opposite of what I said would happen.

Twitter wants you to shop on its dedicated "product pages."

We have our first "near true color" images of Pluto.

Your song of the day is The Grateful Dead with "Uncle John's Band."