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Royals Rumblings - News for March 1, 2016

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 1, 2016

Paulo Orlando continued his triple-hitting ways in the intrasquad game yesterday.

As he approached second, Orlando slowed up and stayed put with a double. "I feel tired already," Orlando said. "What was that, five innings?" Nope, 3 1/2 for the Royals’ intrasquad scrimmage on a sun-splashed Monday at the team’s complex. Orlando was the hitting standout of the first live action with a triple and double with a run score and RBI, helping his team to a 3-0 victory in a game played by mostly non-regulars.

Eric Hosmer does not dismiss the possibility of staying in Kansas City beyond free agency.

"It's not like if [general manager] Dayton [Moore] came knocking on my door to talk about [a long-term contract] I would say no. Of course, not," Hosmer told MLB.com.

"But also, having just won a championship, it's not like you go making any demands to Dayton, either." Hosmer also is quick to dismiss the notion that he yearns to take his good looks and talent to a big market such as New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.

"That's just outside perspective," he said. "I don't play this game to be in commercials for hair products. I'm playing to try to win championships. Sure you want to give yourself the best opportunity in terms of financially, but at the same time, you want to give yourself the best chance to get to the playoffs."

Balbino Fuenmayor talks about his long road to Major League camp, following his release by the Blue Jays.

"When they gave me my release, my family gave me support and said I should try to fight to get another opportunity," he said. "So I decided to continue my dream to play in the big leagues.

"I started to play again in Venezuela and I changed my approach. I [stopped] thinking about every at-bat should be a homer that is 500 feet. I started thinking about putting the ball in play."

Fangraphs projects the Royals to have the worst record in the league and they want to know what you think about that.

They also project the Royals to have the best defense in baseball. By a lot.

This is one of my new favorite fun facts: the Royals outfield defense, just the outfield, is projected for 31 runs saved, which is higher than any other entire team in baseball. And with Alex Rios out of the mix in right field and Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando stepping in full-time, Kansas City’s outfield defense should somehow be even better than it’s been in the past.

They’ve got the highest projected right-field total. They’ve got the highest projected left-field total. They’ve got the third-highest center-field total. Oh, and every position in the infield is either average or better. Kansas City’s team defense is nearly two full wins better than the next team. Defense isn’t the reason the projections don’t love the Royals.

The Royals get their picture taken for "MLB: The Show" in this neat video from the Star.

MILB.com ranks the Royals farm system as the 22nd best system for pitching.

Salvador Perez speaks out about crime after his mother is a victim of armed robbery.

Royals minor leaguer and aspiring filmmaker Cody Decker gave his thoughts on the Oscars.

Gerrit Cole is miffed the Pirates didn't give him a raise after his terrific season.

Eno Sarris wants MLB to do more about the concussion problem with catchers.

Jon Morosi thinks MLB will expand in the next few seasons, so he looks at the leading candidates.

The Orioles will no longer do post-game pie celebrations for safety reasons.

David Cameron at Hardball Times writes that the next collective bargaining agreement negotiations could be a battle.

College pitcher trick play!

What were the ten best college football programs of each decade?

Is Rutgers the worst college basketball team from a power conference ever?

Kansas City's new streetcar will begin service on May 6.

Jay-Z's music streaming service is accused of not paying artists.

Why short films are still thriving.

Your song of the day is The Kinks with "Picture Book."