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Royals Rumblings - News for June 4, 2015

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 4, 2015

Ned Yost waxes philosophical on slumps after last night's 4-2 win.

"Slumps are funny," Yost said. "You can get into them and then, bam, just when you think you're never going to get another hit, you're out of it."

MLB has apologized to the Royals for their error in the review on Tuesday.

"They admitted they missed the call. They had a breakdown in the system," Royals manager Ned Yost said, "but we had breakdowns all over the field."...

"I think it's a great system. There's going to be mistakes for one reason or another," Yost said. "Things happen. Mistakes are made. Just admit it, apologize for it and move on. That's what I try to do when I make a mistake."

Sam Mellinger thinks baseball's replay system needs some accountability.

Again, baseball’s replay system has greatly improved the accuracy of calls, and that is the most important thing. But at least in the old system, a pool reporter was allowed to talk to umpires after controversial or unusual calls. One of the current system’s biggest flaws is a lack of accountability. Accuracy is up, but no system is perfect, and the tradeoff for transparency was exposed here.

"I don’t know," Yost said. "There must be a different angle or something they’ve got that we’re not having," Hosmer said. "I don’t know what in New York they see, seriously," Perez said.

That’s a problem. Baseball stuck a toe into the 21st century by adapting replay, but by refusing to explain calls or provide virtually any information about a decision the sport is made to look out of touch and inaccessible in a time where those adjectives are poison in sports and entertainment.

David Lesky of Pine Tar Press looks at ways the Royals could improve the offense and thinks a subtle shift in the lineup could help.

Just move everybody up one and start the game with Mike Moustakas. Take a look at how surprisingly solid the top of the lineup looks when you just shift everyone up a spot:

Mike Moustakas

Lorenzo Cain

Eric Hosmer

Kendrys Morales

Alex Gordon

Salvador Perez

Alex Rios

Alcides Escobar …

we’ll get to this one

It keeps a L-R-L-R split at the top of the lineup and puts all the guys getting on base at the top of the lineup. Personally, I’d just put Alex Gordon up there and call it a day, but I’m in the interest of offering multiple solutions, so here’s another one. Moustakas still doesn’t walk enough which leaves him prone to struggles that are tough to deal with at the top of the order, but for now, this might be the Royals best solution as far as a lineup is concerned.

Vahe Gregorian writes about some of the hazards of playing the catcher position.

Chances are Perez won’t become the subject of a photo essay that Yost was when he was catching for Milwaukee in 1982 and got plowed by the New York Yankees’ Bobby Murcer a split second before he caught the ball.

"He knocked me four rows back," said Yost, who recalled seeing a three-picture sequence of the collision in the New York Post, the middle of which depicted him "flying back, my glove’s off, my mask is still on my face" but pulled away from it. But some things haven’t and won’t change:

Indians relievers are holding Brandon Moss's 100th home run, hit on Tuesday night, for ransom.

The Royals have hit the third-most home runs out of any farm system. Balbino!

Snapple is the official tea of the Kansas City Royals. Coffee is still up for grabs.

The Sporting News rates Jeremy Guthrie as one of the worst starters in the game, but omits Omar Infante.

The Mariners pick up Mark Trumbo from the Diamondbacks.

Dave Cameron writes that the "low upside" tag is probably a crock when it comes to prospects.

How did the Detroit Tigers fix one of the worst fielders in baseball?

ESPN looks at some of the best MLB debuts in history.

Luke Hochevar ranks 29th in ESPN's ranking of the best #1 overall picks in MLB draft history.

Beyond the Boxscore looks at the worst long-term contracts in baseball.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon goes on a wonderful tirade.

Spring training in Cuba could become a thing.

Is there really such thing as a "hot hand" in sports?

The Blackhawks take Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals.

A FIFA executive cops to taking bribes.

Yahoo wins the right to stream a terrible NFL game from London.

David Frum thinks about what would have happened had the Allies lost World War I.

Stephen Colbert runs his first promo for his new late night CBS show. Here are things we learned about his show from a podcast Colbert appeared on.

Who will make sure the music on the internet never disappears?

Coffee is a performance-enhancing drug in the world of cycling.

Here's the teaser trailer for the new highly anticipated video game "Fallout 4."

Beer and wine served at Taco Bell? That will cost more than $11.

Your song of the day is the Traveling Wilburys with "End of the Line."