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Royals Rumblings - News for May 24, 2016

Ned Yost remains patient through his team's ups and downs.

Rusty Kuntz says Yost is by far the most glass-is-half-full manager he has ever worked under. Every day, Yost does what Kuntz calls a fly-by, visiting each player and coach to see how they're doing. The interactions last only about 30 seconds, and they're usually filled with effusive praise even if things are going poorly. But it helps Yost monitor the pulse of his team.

"I think there's a different relationship that has evolved over the past few years between the players and Ned and the staff in general," pitcher Jason Vargas said. "He doesn't have to take care of everybody in here like they're little kids anymore."

Craig Brown at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City explores whether Alcides Escobar has lost a step.

While it may seem he’s making a few more miscues in the early going, Escobar is close to the same defender we’ve seen over the last five-plus seasons in Kansas City. He’s capable of frustrating you with lackadaisical play on the seemingly routine grounders, but in a flash he can turn a play that will leave your jaw on the floor. With just a quarter of a season of data, it’s too early to declare whether or not he’s lost a step, diminishing his range, or if his throws are suddenly scattershot across the diamond. Yet there are some early trends that can’t – and shouldn’t – be ignored. Is it just early season lack of focus? Or part of a larger issue? We can’t say for sure at this point, but it bears watching.

Lee Judge explains the difference between Danny Duffy starting and relieving.

Knowing he’s only going to pitch three or four innings allows Duffy to use his fastball more often; Fangraphs (and God bless the people who keep track of this stuff) also says Duffy has thrown his fastball 66.5 percent of the time over his career ... but in 2016 he’s throwing it 77.3 percent of the time.

Going through the other team’s lineup a couple times, as opposed to three or four, has also allowed Duffy to eliminate a couple pitches; he can get through an outing with a fastball, breaking ball and changeup. Eliminating pitches has helped Duffy avoid throwing his fourth- and fifth-best pitches.

Starters pitch differently than relievers, and right now Duffy is starting but pitching like a reliever.

Ned Yost likes the Paulo Orlando/Jarrod Dyson combination in right field.

With the way Paulo Orlando is playing, the question keeps coming. Is it becoming hard to keep him in a platoon with Jarrod Dyson in right field?

"No," Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday after a 3-2 loss to the White Sox. "Dyson is doing well, too. [We have] a plan where we're mixing them both in and keeping them both fresh and keeping them both productive. I'm proud to see them both doing well."

Omaha infielder Clint Barmes decided to retire in the middle of a game.

John Viril of Kings of Kauffman thinks that Mike Minor may be the only mid-season addition for the Royals.

Alex Gordon's World Series home run is a mural in Kansas City.

How does the Royals Papa John's discount compare to other teams around baseball?

John Sickels profiles Joey Wentz of Shawnee Mission East, expected to be taken early in the draft next month.

C.J. Nitkowski pleads for baseball to not eliminate the intentional walk.

Ben Zobrist continues to reinvent himself.

The Yankees are surging towards mediocrity.

Judd Apatow will co-direct a "30 for 30" on Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden.

A contractor was fired after an incident with a gay men's choir that was to sing the national anthem.

Congress has concluded the NFL improperly meddled with National Institute of Health research on concussions.

The kick to the balls that could decide the NBA championship.

South Koreans come up with an ice cream that serves as a hangover cure.

There is a black market in Russia for dissertations.

Six juicy Game of Thrones fan theories.

Your song of the day is Shorty Long with "Function at the Junction."