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Beltran's cousin hitting stuff
Beltran's cousin hitting stuff
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Chris Young continued his strong performance in Arizona Tuesday. Jeffrey Flanagan reports on when Yost came to the mound after 4 1/3 strong innings:

Yost told Young that pitching coach Dave Eiland apparently was getting "nervous" that Young already had reached 78 pitches.

Young turned to Yost and deadpanned, "Does Dave know I'm pitching a no-hitter?"

The humor was not lost on Yost. And neither was Young's sterling outing -- 4 1/3 innings, zero hits, one run, three walks and five strikeouts.

The Kansas City Star's series Becoming Royal continues with its fifth installment, this one on Yordano Ventura.

Jeremy Guthrie clearly wishes he was still in Kansas City, as Pete Grathoff reports about a run-in the now Ranger had with an unexpected fan working at Burger King:

"(She) didn’t look like the type of girl that would even care about baseball or know about it," Guthrie said. "But that kind of sums it up, that everybody in Kansas City, no matter where you were or whatever time you were (out) or how you were dressed or what circumstance you were in it, it seemed like everybody seemed to recognize the Royals. I think there was a real connection between the fans and the players that I had never seen anywhere else.

"I spent five years in Baltimore and lived in downtown. Every single day I rode my bike through people and walked to the field all the time. They would say an occasional hello, but it was never near the kind of recognition and outpouring of support and ‘we love you guys’ that I experienced in Kansas City. That’s probably one of the more unique and memorable things that I can sit back and think about."

At Baseball Prospectus Kansas City, Craig Brown writes how Kelvin Herrera's addition of a slider to his repertoire could make the Royals' bullpen even more super:

When opposing batters swung at Herrera’s slider, they missed 27 percent of the time. That finally gave Herrera that third killer pitch he was searching for, and the second one that played off his triple-digit heat. Opponents hit just .143 off his slider. The hits he surrendered on the pitch were singles. His slider averaged around 85 mph, giving him another variation in velocity to keep hitters off-balance.

Herrera really leaned on the slider as the Royals rolled through October. He threw his slider 25 percent of the time, making it the primary compliment to his fastball. When an Astro, Blue Jay or Met swung at his slider, they missed 52 percent of the time. Only five of his 43 sliders thrown were put in play. Just one fell for a hit.

Also at BPKC, Darin Watson looks at 25-man roster candidate, utility man Whit Merrifield:

So while Merrifield’s bat may not be superlative, it looks like he has two skills we know the Royals prize: ability to make contact and speed (plus smart baserunning). Plus, he did bulk up a bit over the winter, possibly adding some power to his game. So far this spring (heading into Tuesday night’s game), he’s hitting .321/.355/.643, albeit in just 31 plate appearances. He is also very versatile defensively, having played every position except catcher in the minors (he even pitched an inning for Northwest Arkansas in 2013).

. . . This year, with Jarrod Dyson out until a couple of weeks after Opening Day, he has a great chance to make the team to start the season. It looks like Paulo Orlando will be the right fielder to start the year, with Brett Eibner, Reymond Fuentes, or Travis Snider as the fourth outfielder. Christian Colon is probably going to be the backup infielder. Would the Royals want a second reserve outfielder or reserve infielder? Merrifield could be both, the ideal compromise.

At Royals.com, Megan Zahneis looks at other possible 25th man Reymond Fuentes:

Fuentes, who has fond childhood memories of watching Beltran play at Kauffman Stadium in the early 2000s, hopes he'll get to pay his cousin a visit when the Royals visit Beltran's Yankees in early May.

Fuentes is on the Royals' 40-man roster and is competing for an outfield spot on the 25-man for Opening Night, with Jarrod Dyson likely to start the season on the disabled list. Fuentes played Rookie-level and Class A ball for the Red Sox, who selected him in the first round of the 2009 Draft, before being flipped to the Padres the next year in the blockbuster Adrian Gonzalez trade (which also shipped Anthony Rizzo to San Diego).

Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Ross Ohlendorf has been released and four others have been reassigned, including Brian Flynn.

The Royals' Opening Day starter will be Bret Saberhagen.

In Fangraphs' Positional Power Rankings series, the Royals rank 14th at third base and 20th at shortstop.

Jeff Sullivan writes about the player as strong as Giancarlo Stanton, and it's not someone you'd think.

Royals Review's own Tyler Drenon argues for communism in MLB at The Classical.

Scott Feldman's post-start dugout interview was invaded by ninjas.

Craig Sager has just a few months left as he battles leukemia.

Anonymous renews its war with ISIS.

Vizio and Google join forces to try to eradicate your mother's remote control.

Taylor Kitsch is set to make his directorial debut with Pieces. Texas forever.

The song of the day is "Future You" by LNZNDRF: