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Royals Rumblings - News for July 7, 2015

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Royals Rumblings - News for July 7, 2015

The Royals explain their decision to part ways with reliever Jason Frasor:

Yost declined to speak ill of Frasor. Instead he described him as a redundant piece in the bullpen, which is already stocked with several talented, one-inning, right-handed relievers. Finnegan is one of two lefties, and can pitch longer outings.

"It’s important that we have multiple-inning guys," Yost said. "And Frasor was a really, really good one-inning guy....

Jason Frasor is the best, you guys.

Ned also explained his strategy in coming up with the reserve roster for the American League All-Stars, which will include Royals relievers Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera.

"It’s kind of like the blueprint we have here," Yost said. "It was successful for us last year. If we can get through five innings with those starters, then you have power arms out of the back of the pen. Then you can make it a six-inning game."

Ned added:

"The one thing that Kelvin did that a lot of these guys didn't do was pitch in Game 7 of the World Series last year," said Royals manager Ned Yost, who will manage the AL squad. "That was kind of the deciding factor for me."

The Royals players are thankful for the fans for sending them to Cincinnati.

"It's just been the support of our fans, really, over the last two years," said Gordon, making his third straight All-Star appearance. "Winning brings attention and that's what we've been doing. I think we play with a lot of energy, a lot of fun. People have noticed it."...

"Thanks to the fans. Thanks for the support, for coming to the ballgame every day," said Perez, who will also be making his third All-Star appearance but, like [sic] Gordon, will start for the first time. "When we see all those fans, we play a little more aggressive to win the game."

ICYMI, the Royals will make up Monday's game with a split-doubleheader at 1:10 and 7:10 today, with both games televised on Fox Sports Kansas City. Aaron Brooks will be called up to be the 26th man for the Royals, while the Rays will call up pitcher Matt Andriese to start the nightcap against Edinson Volquez.

The broadcast will have a special guest analyst this week.

Did you vote for Mike Moustakas yet?

ESPN's David Schoenfield says the Royals should go "all-in" for Johnny Cueto.

Lots of promotions in the minors last night. Infielder Ramon Torres is moved up to A Northwest Arkansas. Outfielder Elier Hernandez and pitcher Zach Lovvorn move up to High A Wilmington and outfielder Alexis Rivera, pitcher Brennan Henry, and pitcher Eric Stout move up to Low A Lexington.

Omaha has been one of the best run environments in the Pacific Coast League this year.

Clubhouse Conversation talks to former Royals first baseman Pete LaCock with some very blunt stories.

Former Royals farmhand Matt Fields talks about what it is like to get released from an organization.

The marketing campaign behind the Alex Gordon billboards are up for a Clio Sports Award in advertising.

Here's your complete All-Star rosters.

Jeff Sullivan writes that the Tigers are trapped, trying to contend, but not a serious contender.

Its kinda dumb that MLB does not allow fans to post GIFs of its games.

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had a ridiculous interview on ESPN thanks to his teammates.

Were all those Fourth of July stars and stripes uniforms tacky?

The U.S. Women's Soccer team's World Cup victory did great in TV ratings, with Kansas City ranking as the top-viewing market.

Floyd Mayweather was stripped of the title he won over Manny Pacquiao because he didn't pay his sanction fee. I wonder if all the viewers will get their money back.

NASCAR had a big wreck over the weekend.

The messy saga of Jason Whitlock's failed attempt to build a "black Grantland."

Oh, Bill Cosby is an awful, awful man.

Greece is screwed.

Moderators are shutting down large parts of Reddit in rebellion.

"Game of Thrones" deaths done in 8-bit pixel art.

Your song of the day is John Lennon with "Instant Karma."