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Royals Rumblings - News for September 14, 2017


MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
Balls come at you fast.
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Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Kansan Mike Morin’s dream is realized as he pitches for his childhood team for the first time after being claimed off waivers from the Angels:

"I remember coming to games here with the Hy-Vee level seats, upper deck for $5," Morin said. "I remember watching Cardinals games here when Mark McGwire was doing his thing. It's pretty cool being here. I dreamed about it as a kid."

Morin even made his Royals debut later: He struck out Matt Davidson in the ninth inning of the Royals' 5-3 loss to the White Sox.

Morin, 26, was actually drafted by the Royals in 2009 in the 40th round. He chose to go to college instead, and then he was drafted by the Angels in the 13th round in '12.

And Flanagan adds that the Royals’ ‘pen was impressive despite running on fumes:

After Skoglund departed, Yost called on right-hander Kevin McCarthy, another reliever who was supposed to have needed a day of rest. McCarthy tossed three scoreless innings.

After that, right-hander Peter Moylan, another reliever who was in theory unavailable, pitched a scoreless seventh. Kelvin Herrera tossed a 1-2-3 eighth.

"Phenomenal job by them," Yost said. "You know, McCarthy and Moylan's pitched three days in a row. Kel was the freshest of the group and had a great inning. There was some thought about pushing Kel back out [in the ninth], but you know what he's gone through. We just thought, 'Get him the one inning, good inning under his belt and move on.'"

Maria Torres at The Star weighs in on the taxing of the bullpen as well:

The Royals released their 2018 schedule. Get your tickets, I guess?

Dayton Moore was on with Buster Olney on Baseball Tonight about whether he regrets not selling at the trade deadline and the state of the franchise.

BP KC’s Colby Wilson thinks we’ll never understand this Royals team.

Mike Axisa at River Ave Blues looks at how Eric Hosmer might fit on the Yankees.

Dave Cameron explores how teams might sign Shohei Ohtani.

Jeff Sullivan tries to ascertain just to what degree the fly-ball revolution is happening.

Ben Carsley writes of the last night of the Tigers’ near-dynasty.

Why is NASA crashing the Cassini spacecraft into Saturn?

Larry David was on Kimmel in advance of the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Watch out for blood drones in the country.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has been renewed for three more seasons.

The song of the day is “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood” by Destroyer: