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Could the Royals begin with a four-man rotation?

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 25, 2016

The newcomers to the Royals are impressed by the team chemistry.

"I can’t speak to everything in the majors, because I’ve only been in the majors once," said Decker, who appeared in eight games last year with the Padres. "But in pro ball, like in any athletics, you run into unfriendly clubhouses. Well, it’s not so much unfriendly, it’s just teams that aren’t totally together. You come here and everyone is extremely welcoming of everyone that comes in, they’re very supportive. That’s the coaching staff and the players. No one sees everyone in this clubhouse as competition, and that is beyond refreshing.

"Everyone is kind of pulling toward the same goal. It sounds so cliche, but honest to God, that’s the culture that they’ve developed here, and it’s kind of something to marvel at."

Cuyler Meade at the Star writes that adding a new pitch is a challenge.

"I’ve fiddled around a little with a cutter," Duensing said. "Actually, just this spring was the first time I really got into trying to do it. "And it was working playing catch, but I just don’t have the nerve to try it in a game or even off a mound yet. I don’t know if I ever will as long as my slider keeps working as well as it has this spring." Duensing’s didn’t take long to learn the slider, but he was an 18-year-old kid then. To add something now, at 33, would be much more difficult. "The process is finding a grip that, first of all, feels comfortable," he said. "And then trusting your delivery enough to make it seem comfortable, so it’s just like a fastball as opposed to trying to do all this other stuff. "Then you start tipping the pitch with maybe a different arm slot, and all of that. So there’s a few things that go into it."

Lee Judge explains why Mike Moustakas put down a bunt with two strikes in a game this week.

After the game, I asked the Royals third baseman if he would ever bunt with two strikes in the regular season — and he said yes. If opposing teams think Moustakas will bunt with two strikes, they might choose to honor that possibility and leave someone in position to field those bunts — as long as Moustakas gets those bunts down. If a defender has to play in for a bunt, it will make it easier to get the ball past him when Moustakas decides to swing away.

Ned Yost has discussed a four-man rotation to start the year.

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at who the Royals may target mid-season in a trade.

Fangraphs projects the Royals to have the 23rd-best right-field depth.

Former Royals outfielder Carlos Beltran tells how frustrating it was not to be able to speak English when he first became a pro.

This will be a surprise, but Billy Butler was a terrible baserunner last year for the Athletics.

The Diamondbacks already want a new stadium.

Yoenis Cespedes allows another inside-the-park home run.

Alex Rodriguez retracts his retirement announcement.

The Dodgers TV deal is a disaster.

Are the Chiefs about to sell the naming rights to Arrowhead Stadium?

The NFL was relying on very flawed research on concussion studies.

How Nike lost Steph Curry to Under Armour.

Will Nintendo ditch consoles and go mobile?

Twitter taught a robot to be a racist.

RIP Garry Shandling.

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