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Royals Rumblings - News for September 6, 2016

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Happy retirement, Rally Mantis.

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Royals Rumblings - News for September 6, 2016

Sam Mellinger writes about the missed opportunities from the last homestand.

The aggravating part is in the details of the weekend, and the homestand. These are games the Royals have grown used to winning, grown to expect to winning. They have enormous rings at home and incredible memories in their minds because they’ve won so many of these games, in ballparks across the country, from Anaheim to Baltimore to New York.

Over the last week, in a ballpark they have dominated, they weren’t that team when they needed to be that team. That’s the part that hurts the most. They still have time for a miracle, but not as much time as before this weekend.

Lorenzo Cain is still day-to-day after missing five straight games with a wrist injury.

According to Yost, Cain has been playing catch and throwing, but he was only allowed to swing a bat starting Monday. The Royals have continued to look for progress with Cain's hand strength, which has shown "at least 50 percent" improvement over the last two days.

Cain had reportedly been playing through the injury for around two weeks before the Royals decided to give him time off to recover, and the inflammation and pain have taken longer to subside than had been anticipated....

"The good thing is, hopefully, when he comes back, he's going to be a lot stronger than he was before all this happened," Yost said.

Joakim Soria isn’t letting his struggles get to him.

"Like I said before, this is entertainment for people," Soria said. "People come to the stadium to have fun in their lives. If they feel they want to boo, they boo. If they want to cheer, they cheer. We are a show for them. They can do whatever they please."

Ned Yost declined to say why Matt Strahm was unavailable for a fourth straight game yesterday.

Clint Scoles at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City profiles Hunter Dozier.

The hip adjustment, along with his swing being cut down, has lead to his strikeout percentage being lowered although he’s still prone to the whiff if he encounters a plan with a solid fastball and breaking ball.

Defensively, Dozier exhibits better range than Cuthbert at third base with hands that are a bit stiff at times in my opinion. The arm plays above average as one would expect from a third baseman, but with better athleticism and the lack of options for Cuthbert at other positions, I believe Dozier will likely head to rightfield in the future to maximize the Royals’ options.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals made the Texas League playoffs.

Dave at Clubhouse Conversation talks to Royals pitcher A.J. Puckett.

The Royals retire Rally Mantis to the Lakeside Nature Center.

Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker has surgery to stop bleeding after being struck in the skull by a line drive.

Houston’s Dallas Keuchel will miss his next two starts.

The Yankees could build another superpen this winter.

Jay Bruce apparently asked the Reds to trade him to anywhere but New York.

Clayton Kershaw returns to the Dodgers this week.

The Braves are talking about signing Tim Tebow.

Olympics gymnasts Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian nail the ceremonial first pitch.

Here is your SB Nation NFL Season Preview.

A Florida State football player makes sure an autistic boy does not eat lunch alone.

One in five mothers regret the name they chose for their child.

A major recall of the Samsung Note 7 will be pricey, but worth it.

The real-life conspiracy theory that inspired Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Your song of the day is Terence Trent d’Arby with Wishing Well.