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Royals Rumblings - News for June 6, 2016

The roller coaster Royals.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Rumblings - News for June 6, 2016

Lee Judge looks at the mechanics of Edinson Volquez last weekend.

Spend some time learning about pitching mechanics, and it’s amazing anyone ever throws a strike ... so much can go wrong.

A pitcher can get the ball out of the glove late or take too big a stride or over-rotate or under-rotate or fail to get on top of the ball; that’s just a sampling of the stuff that can derail a person throwing a baseball.

So a pitcher has to do a whole bunch of stuff right to make the ball go where he wants it to go, and he needs to do all that stuff right without thinking about it.

Friday night, against the Cleveland Indians, Edinson Volquez’ mechanics were out of whack; the Royals' starting pitcher was "flying open" for about three innings.

Ned Yost isn't concerned about a rough patch from his starting pitchers.

But while the team has lost three straight, there aren't signs of panic coming from within. Kennedy talked about how well the Indians had been playing and how the Royals need to step up, while Yost said the skid was simply about not capitalizing on opportunities.

"Most teams in our division have been a little streaky," Yost said. "It's baseball."

Sean Thornton wants to see the real Danny Duffy.

In fact, Duffy’s soft hit percentage his increased this year(up to 26%) while both the medium and hard hit percentages have gone down (48% and 26% respectively). Hitters are just not hitting the ball as hard off of him this year which has helped turn him from a pitcher with potential to be a solid mid-rotation starter to one who could actually achieve that status if he keeps it up.

Brett Eibner is making progress on his ankle injury.

Whit Merrifield is taking his whole family along for his big league journey.

Kyle Zimmer officially goes on the disabled list.

And old friend is back.

The Dodgers designated outfielder Carl Crawford for assignment, giving him more time for his bookstore.

Evaluating the prospects in the James Shields trade.

Keith Law has his latest mock draft (INSIDER).

Will this summer's trade market favor relievers over starters?

Could Madison Bumgarner participate in the Home Run Derby?

Anthony Rizzo almost tricks an umpire into thinking he was starting a fight.

Former Royals catcher Francisco Pena hits his first Major League home run with the Orioles.

Why do 70 percent of kids quit sports by age 13?

Novak Djokovic finally wins his first French Open.

Former KU player Aqib Talib, of the Denver Broncos, is shot at a nightclub.

The music industry is fighting Youtube.

Did Tesla offer its autopilot data to the feds?

Remembering Muhammed Ali's best moments on television.

Your song of the day is alt-J with "Left Hand Free"