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Weekend Rumblings - News for September 9, 2017

The Royals limp towards the finish line.

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Weekend Rumblings - News for September 9, 2017

Ned Yost talks about moving Kelvin Herrera out of the closer’s role.

“Kel’s pitching like every five days. It’s just not enough to keep him sharp,” Yost said. “We need to get him back into the seventh or eighth inning and get him pitching more regularly to sharpen him up.

“In a handful of (outings), he’s been at 25 pitches and that’s not him.”

Mike Moustakas’ knee kept him out of the lineup last night.

“It was bothering him a little bit,” manager Ned Yost said. “We’ll see where he’s at today and maybe even tomorrow, too, if it’s not better. Just try to get on the good side of it.”

Eric Hosmer is concerned about his parents, who opted to stay in Florida with Hurricane Irma on the way.

“Of course you want them to get out of there and get as far away from it as possible,” Hosmer said. “But at this point it’s just a waiting game and you hope it (the hurricane) goes someplace else.”

David Lesky has a wild idea for the 2018 Royals.

I would have great interest in Whit Merrifield moving to center field to replace Lorenzo Cain. Whit is a solid defensive second baseman, but he’s not great by any stretch and he’s been a good outfielder in the past and has said that he feels center field is his best spot. That would allow the Royals to go after a veteran second baseman like a Brandon Phillips or Ian Kinsler to pair with Raul Mondesi at shortstop which would give the youngster something of a mentor as a double play partner. The risk here is that the Royals would move Merrifield to center and then just re-sign Alcides Escobar, which would be a massive mistake. I really think it could make a lot of sense for the 2018 Royals if they don’t do that.

Joakim Soria fares surprisingly well in Nate Silver’s new “goose egg” statistic for relievers.

The story of how Amos Otis took in eight kids during the Plaza floods 40 years ago.

Hurricane Irma moves the Rays/Yankees series to New York’s CitiField.

The Indians just may never lose a baseball game ever again, as their win streak grows to 16.

Travis Sawchik at Fangraphs has a solution for September roster expansions.

Grant Brisbee wonders how the Dodgers will put out of their hilarious doom spiral.

Why Giancarlo Stanton’s home runs are overrated.

Which managers are on the hot seat?

A seven-year old girl with an artificial hand wants to throw out the first pitch at all 30 MLB stadiums, and teams are reaching out to her.

Sports radio host Craig Carton is arrested by FBI agents for fraud.

Ezekiel Elliott gets an injunction to temporarily lift his suspension.

Is our entire credit bureau system broken?

There are social benefits to swearing.

The Greatest American Hero is back, this time with an Indian-American heroine.

Your song of the day is Kenny Garrett with Night and Day.