Royals Rumblings - News for April 11, 2016
Terrance Gore was looking for an opportunity to score on Sunday.
Gore and third base coach Mike Jirschele had a brief conversation once the count to Cain reached 2-2. "He said look for a ball in the dirt," Gore said. "That’s exactly what I did." Pitcher Trevor May’s ball bounced in front in front of the plate, of John Ryan Murphy and off his chest protector. Not far, maybe 12-15 feet toward the Royals dugout.
"I saw it trickle away, I was gone," Gore said. "All I need is a trickle."
Ned Yost could find more opportunities to rest Omar Infante.
For now, the plan has no specific formula or advanced schedule. But it could result in additional days off for Infante, who battled through two injury-plagued seasons before undergoing offseason surgery on his right elbow.
Yost said the plan began to take shape during a spring-training conversation with Rafael Belliard, the former Braves shortstop who now serves as a special assistant to Royals general manager Dayton Moore. Before coming to Kansas City, Belliard was a coach in Detroit, where Infante played in 2012 and 2013. The Tigers made a conscious effort to keep Infante rested and sharp, Belliard told Yost. The Royals will now try to do the same.
Ian Kennedy was pretty pleased with his Royals debut.
"This is a little more added to it," Kennedy said afterward. "Coming to a new team, and coming to the defending world champs, you want to do well. You’re just kind of coming to pitch at the K. That’s another thing. It’s a great atmosphere. It maybe adds a little bit to it."
The Royals really like hitting Mike Moustakas in the #2 spot.
"All the success he had in it last year -- that's why he is hitting second again," Yost said of Moustakas. "He didn't really lose that spot. It's just that Zobrist ended up probably being a better option. "But it's a good spot for Moose because it utilizes his whole game."
Christian Colon is becoming a bobblehead.
Lee Judge details his daily agenda when covering a game.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals have a monster day offensively with six home runs on Sunday.
Per source, left-hander Brian Duensing has a 5/15 opt-out date from Omaha; Travis Snider and Clint Barmes both 6/1. #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) April 9, 2016
Wade Davis and Eric Hosmer both picked up "Esurance Awards" over the weekend.
Did Dodgers manager Dave Roberts make the right call in pulling Ross Stripling during a no-hitter in his MLB debut?
Tom Verducci thinks dramatic comebacks are dead due to great bullpens, but the evidence says otherwise.
The Giants sign first baseman Brandon Belt to a five-year deal.
Speaking of belts, RIP Pablo Sandoval's belt.
The Golden State Warriors tie the NBA win record ith one game to go.
Jordan Speith blows a lead at the Masters.
Google is dropping its free internet offer in Kansas City.
Conan O'Brien visits Korea - both South and North.
Your song of the day is The Easy Beats with "Good Times".