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Royals Rumblings - News for March 7, 2016

Dayton drops some truths.

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 7, 2016

The Royals feel confident about their ability to re-sign their core guys.

"You listen," Hosmer said. "You definitely listen. At the same time, you have to make whatever decision is best for you. Obviously, I have a commitment to this team. I have a commitment to these guys. But at the same time, you have a commitment for the players’ association and the league. You want to do something that’s fair. You want to do something that’s fair for both sides."

Moustakas and Cain echoed the sentiment. Both expressed a willingness to sign a long-term extension in Kansas City. But each player said his focus was elsewhere with two years remaining on their current contracts.

"It’s something you want to be a part of," Cain said. "I know it’s going to be tough to lock up everybody."

Dayton Moore feels he has trust to offer, if not money.

"The world tells us the biggest lie," he said. "The world tells us that you have to look out for yourself: ‘You better take care of No. 1. You don’t take care of yourself, nobody else will. That’s the biggest lie. "It’s about us, it’s about togetherness. It’s how we work as a team that defines our success. Can we sacrifice for the good of the group?"

That is a revealing glimpse of how Moore sincerely thinks.

Eric Hosmer is ready for a career year, but don't expect big home runs numbers.

"If I was in the National League Central, I'd be trying to hit fly balls," Hosmer said. "You'd adjust your game off of that. But I think you basically just try to drive in runs. For me, RBIs are important. Home runs aren't that important. If I can drive in runs and be gap to gap, the power stats take care of themselves."

After a "comeback year", Kris Medlen likes that this is a normal spring training for him.

"I'm able to even actually throw the ball in PFP [pitchers fielding practice]. Last year it was very cautious with everything, [I] didn't throw my first bullpen until midway through the spring. Now I've been ready to go from the start."

How two years in Kansas helped save Royals lefty Matthew Strahm.

Barry Svluga at the Washington Post says Alex Gordon's return makes the Royals the Royals again.

Scott Dillon at KC Kingdom thinks its time for the Royals to anoint a captain.

The White Sox are still looking for a left-handed outfield bat.

Mets starter Jacob DeGrom is not very happy about his salary.

A Boston reporter resigns after rumors of a relationship with Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Infielder Munenori Kawasaki serenaded his Cubs teammates with Aerosmith.

The Chiefs void the contract of Tamba Hali, but does that mean he won't be back?

Peyton Manning is expected to announce his retirement today.

The new language of American college sports is Chinese.

A plagiarism scandal is erupting in the crossword world.

Why does it hurt so much to step on a LEGO brick?

Your song of the day is Aerosmith with "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."