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Royals Rumblings - News for March 28, 2016

Ned Yost is still driven to pursue history with the Royals.

"We were 90 feet away from going for a three-peat this year," the Royals’ manager said. "Do we still think about it? Yes."

Yost is explaining how conscious his club is of what is possible. The frustration of being so close to a title fueled the championship run last year, and now the potential to be the best Royals era ever, and perhaps even a dynasty, sits out there if Kansas City can go AL pennant, championship, championship.

"I talk to them and they want to make history," Yost said. "Last year, we had unfinished business. This year, our thought is, ‘Let’s make history.’ "

The skipper isn't committing to who will get playing time in right field, whether its Paulo Orlando or Reymond Fuentes.

"We go day to day," Yost said. "We'll look at matchups. The idea is to ride the hot hand. That's the way it has always been. "But I mean, it's spring. Fuentes is hitting .440. Paulo is hitting .220. But it's spring. But you get back to ... Paulo does something every day to help you win. I'm not ready to commit to anything."

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City is down on Orlando.

At this point, it isn’t really a huge deal because Jarrod Dyson should only miss a few games, but I really don’t like the idea of Paulo Orlando starting a lot. It’s mostly just because I don’t think he’s very good. I mentioned that on Twitter the other night, expecting a lot of people to be up in arms with me, but most agreed me. Actually, the most common response I got is that he’s a fourth outfielder, so of course he isn’t that good. And while that point makes sense, I’m not even sure Orlando is a fourth outfielder or even a big leaguer. The power he showed last year was way more than expected, and if that can keep up, then yeah, he is a big leaguer. I’m not sure I buy the power. Personally, I’m not impressed by his defense or his bat. He’s a great story, no doubt, and he played a role in getting the Royals to a World Series victory. But that doesn’t mean that he’s a viable piece moving forward

Royals prospect and Italian-born shortstop Marten Gasparini is ready for a breakout season.

Gasparini didn't just fall in love with a game from those Yankees highlight tapes. He also found a hero to model himself after, like so many young shortstops of his era: Derek Jeter.

"Not as much of a technical point, but definitely attitude-wise," he said of the cues he took from watching the five-time World Series champion.

"He's the best example that anyone could take and make his own. The way he went about his business and the way he takes care of himself as a professional, it's unprecedented and unrivaled.

"Just thinking about what Derek Jeter would do helps me out to figure out what I should do day in and day out coming to the field."

Which player will get the loudest cheer on Opening Night?

Lee Judge writes about why Jarrod Dyson doesn't bunt all the time.

Yordano Ventura talks about learning English in the latest "Becoming Royal" episode from the Star.

Clubhouse Conversation talks to former Royals outfielder Gary Thurman.

The Reds sign pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, who was let go by the Royals last week.

Former Royals reliever Will Smith has a torn knee ligament from taking his shoe off.

Royals fans show some of their team-inspired creations.

The Yankees think its unfair they pay more in revenue sharing than the Mets.

Cuba could welcome defectors to its national team.

The unlikely EDM career of Twins pitcher Trevor May.

Kansas ends its season with a loss in the Elite Eight to Villanova.

Can RG III revive his career in Cleveland?

The Tribeca Film Festival cancels a screening of an anti-vaccination documentary.

Chicago is trying to figure out what to do with a humongous hole in the ground.

Despite poor reviews, Batman vs. Superman makes $170 million in its opening weekend.

Late night hosts give tribute to Garry Shandling.

Your song of the day is Prince with "Batdance."