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Royals Rumblings - News for May 14, 2017

Winning. It’s better than losing.

Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City Royals Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images

Royals Rumblings - News for May 14, 2017

Drew Butera just marveled at Joakim Soria’s catch yesterday.

“He keeps telling me he wants to catch pop-ups,” Butera said. “Here’s your chance. Thank God, he’s athletic.”

Defenders were battling the sun all day, but the Royals adjusted.

In the fifth inning, the Orioles had two on and two out when Joey Rickard skied a fly ball to deep left-center. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain couldn't find the ball but at the last second, left fielder Alex Gordon raced over to make the play, saving at least two runs.

"Me and Lorenzo actually know the time of the day on day games when it's going to be bad for either of us," Gordon said. "Early in the game, I'll say 'Ball in the gap is yours.' Then as the sun moves, it's my ball in the gap. We just know."

The trade market could start early this year, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The early favorite to sell first is the Royals. Multiple scouts have told me that many of their Kansas City brethren already have had their pro coverage rearranged to delve deeper into systems of likely buyers such as the Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs. Royals general manager Dayton Moore disputed that, writing in a text: “our scouting strategy hasn’t changed since 2007.”

Still, another AL executive stated: “The Royals are dying to declare.” This is not wholly unexpected. The Royals dealt walk-year players Wade Davis and Jarrod Dyson in the offseason and free-agents-to-be Alcides Escobar, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer all are free after the season.

Jeff Conine talks about being selected in the expansion draft from the Royals.

“Looking back, I don’t know what would have happened if I stayed with the Royals. They had Wally Joyner over at first base for a couple more years. I don’t know if I would have made the starting lineup in the outfield; it’s hard to say. Given this opportunity, I worked hard and took advantage of it – and made myself stay in that lineup. As they say, ‘It’s hard to get to the big leagues, but it’s tougher to stay.’ And I worked hard to stay there.”

Lee Judge explains how Kauffman Stadium wears out centerfielders.

The Urban Youth Academy looks impressive.

Jorge Orta and Joakim Soria make this list of all-time Mexican-born players.

RIP umpire and Kansas City resident Steve Palermo.

Bryce Harper signs a one-year deal worth over $21 million for his last year before free agency.

Have the Cubs forgotten how to field?

Jon Lester hates the new slide rule and thinks the game is being played by “pansies.”

It seems unlikely that Matt Harvey will be traded.

Washington may be the best team in the league, but their pen will be an issue.

Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter are having trouble coming up with the cash to buy the Marlins.

How Jeter turned a simple number into a brand.

If the ball isn’t juiced, then what explains the home run surge?

Former All-Star third baseman Doug DeCinces is found guilty of insider trading.

Which pro sports teams have retired the most numbers?

Does the NBA Draft Combine matter?

Should your traffic ticket fine amount depend on your income?

Highlights from commencement addresses over the weekend.

NBC uncancelled Timeless after pressure from fans.

Your song of the day is James Brown with I Got the Feelin’.