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Royals Rumblings - News for July 4, 2017

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Royals Rumblings - News for July 4, 2017

Jarrod Dyson talks about moving on from Kansas City.

"In my situation, I kind of figured it would be my last year," Dyson said Monday, standing inside the home clubhouse at Safeco Field. "Because I had a decent enough year, and I was going to be looking for more playing time. And I was in a tough spot over there with the Royals, with the outfield being stacked.

"You miss the boys because you grew up with them. But this city is new to me, and I love it. But absolutely, I miss the boys and the fans."

Danny Duffy reveals he has been lobbying to return to action sooner than expected.

"I’ve been pressing them," Duffy said. "They probably hate me right now. But I’ve been pressing them big-time, trying to get back as quickly as possible. They were really receptive."

Mike Moustakas is honored to be in the Final Five vote for the All-Star Game.

"Everybody that's in this Final Vote is more than deserving of being an All-Star. It's one of those things where whoever wins definitely deserves it. So it'll be pretty cool to see how it all shakes out."

Duffy is leading the charge for Moose.

Clint Scoles of Baseball Prospectus Kansas City is impressed with pitching prospect Foster Griffin.

Showing improved command with his 89-92 mph fastball, manipulation of shape and command of his curveball and an improved changeup Griffin has already hit the 100 inning mark in 17 starts with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP while striking out over a hitter per inning.

The pitch combination that he showed on Saturday gave Griffin the appearance of a #3 starter instead of the backend profile I’ve given him. The lefty commanded his fastball, manipulated the curve into a big looping breaking ball or into more of a tighter late breaking slurve.

Fangraphs writer Chris Mitchell talks Royals prospects with Royals Farm Report.

[Samir] Duenez is an unconventional player in that he’s a a first baseman who doesn’t hit for power. Scouts tend to write off players like that from the get-go. In most cases that instinct is correct, as there are very powerless first basemen in the league. But I’d argue Duenez is an exception due to his contact ability, athleticism and youth.

Prior to reaching Double-A, Duenez rarely struck out, which suggested he’d have relatively easy transitions up the minor league ladder. He’s also been active on the bases, which suggests he’s more athletic than your typical first baseman. And considering he just turned 21 last month, there’s still plenty of time for more power to develop.

Lee Judge explains why managers try to get their pitchers eligible for the win.

Ryan O’Hearn makes the MLB Pipeline Team of the Week.

The Blue Jays designate Glenn Sparkman, a former Royals pitcher selected in the Rule 5 draft, for assignment.

The Cubs asked about Justin Verlander.

The Blue Jays pick up catcher Miguel Montero.

What happened to Jonathan Lucroy?

Sandy Alderson thinks durability, not velocity will be valued in pitchers.

Kanley Jansen blames Dodger fans for Justin Turner’s snub.

How can we improve the All-Star Game?

RIP baseball historian David Vincent.

Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB for racial discrimination.

The head of Fox Sports programming is fired amidst a sexual harassment probe.

The reality show on the Los Angeles Rams is dreadfully boring.

Microsoft will turn its attention to cloud-based services which could mean layoffs.

How Americans order their steak.

What Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick gets right about parenthood.

Your song of the day is Simon and Garfunkel with America.