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Royals Rumblings - News for August 14, 2015

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Royals Rumblings - News for August 14, 2015

Andy McCullough writes about how Lorenzo Cain is taking his game to the next level.

Consider this: Six of Cain’s 12 home runs have come on offspeed offerings. He hit only five homers in all of 2014. On Tuesday evening, he destroyed a hanging slider from Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez.

"In the past, if I saw that, I would just automatically take," Cain said. "And this year, I feel like if they throw a get-me-over curveball up there, I’m jumping on it. And I’ve been able to do damage with it, for the most part."

For Cain, 29, the evolution began in the offseason. He batted .301 in 2014, but he nursed an addiction to fastballs and relied upon his legs to accumulate infield singles. In the winter, Cain resolved to become "that complete player," he said.

"Hitting .300’s nice," Cain said one day last month. "But I wanted to be a guy who drove in runs. I wanted to hit a few more home runs, doubles. Just wanted to improve my overall game."

John Viril at Kings of Kauffman questions if Ned Yost's decisions will cost the Royals in October.

Certainly, I’m no fan of Yost’s tactical decisions. I’ve made that clear. But, his strengths in managing a clubhouse, and creating a team atmosphere conducive to winning, obliterate any shortcoming he might have as a field general. Yes, Ned Yost’s decision-making could cost the Kansas City Royals the 2015 World Series. But the same could be said about ANY player on the roster. Salvador Perez could hack at a pitch out of the strike zone rather than take a key walk. Yordano Ventura could blow up on the mound. Alex Gordon could strikeout on a key at bat (Gordon averages 142 strikeouts in his 162 game averages as compiled by Baseball-reference).

Even the best players, and managers, have their shortcomings. There’s nothing wrong with Ned Yost being human.

Clint Scoles looks at who might come up in September to help the Royals.

#9 Bubba Starling – There is a certain Kansas bred outfielder that has had a successful season this year, offers plus speed to be a pinch runner and needs to be added to the 40 man roster this offseason to avoid the Rule 5 draft. Yes a September callup for Bubba makes alot of sense and it could turn the Royals crowd excitement level to "11" for his first start. The front office has hinted at skipping Zimmer above Omaha and doing the same for Bubba for a few nights this season could be good for him to hang in that clubhouse for a run at the playoffs. With the likelihood that Alex Gordon will walk this offseason the Royals will need to see if Starling could be considered as an option for the outfield next season.

The Royals snapped a 111-game winning streak when leading after seven innings on Wednesday.

Alex Gordon expects to be on a rehab assignment soon. Get your camera ready, Minda!

Here's a photo montage of post-game Gatorade celebrations for the Royals.

The Royals "puppy couple" from last year's post-season is engaged.

Baseball America ranks Erik Skoglund as "best control" and "best changeup" in High A, and Ramon Torres as "best defensive second baseman" in a poll of managers.

White Sox closer David Robertson called Angels manager Mike Scioscia "bush league."

Grant Brisbee looks at possible destinations for Chase Utley, who cleared waivers this week.

Jesse Spector of The Sporting News blasts Buster Olney for dismissing WAR as not being accessible to fans.

Its not "playing the right way", but "cluster luck" that is propelling the Cardinals to victory.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera could finally return from a calf injury today.

The Washington Generals will no longer be the primary opponent of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Nevada suspends UFC fighter Anderson Silva for one year over PEDs.

Jon Bois writes this Microsoft promotional video from the 90s is a portal to hell.

Legendary Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston, Missouri gets sued for hitting a customer with one of their famous "throwed rolls."

"Sesame Street" moves to HBO, so expect more violence and full nudity.

A new horror movie is causing viewers to vomit and pass out. Sounds great.

There is a Ned Flanders-themed metal band.

sexy, young Han Solo will star in one of the new Star Wars movies.

Your song of the day is Tears for Fears with "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."