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Royals Rumblings - News for February 26, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for February 26, 2018

Hunter Dozier is still getting used to first base.

Dozier was so uncertain how camp would go, he didn’t have time to customize a first-base glove. Printed carefully in Sharpie along the thumb where stitching would usually feature are the words “All For Him” in Dozier’s handwriting.

A personalized glove is on the way.

So, too, should be more spring starts like the one Saturday.

“I’m getting there,” Dozier said. “I’m gonna need a lot more games but I feel good so far.”

New pitcher Burch Smith has impressed Royals coaches early in camp.

“A young guy, first time in camp, it tends to be a little nerve-wracking,” Yost said. “First time you’re throwing BP and you’ve got the manager and coaches standing behind. Your natural tendency is try to be impressive. Here we go, you drill somebody.

”I’ve always been attuned to the next pitch. Does it send you off the edge and give you even more anxiety? Every time he’s come close to somebody, the next pitch has been a strike. And that’s a good sign.”

New Royals outfielder Michael Saunders is ready to put last year behind him.

“No excuses about last year,” he said. “Tough year. But I feel like you learn more from failure than success. A lot of people want to forget about failure, but I use it to drive me to get better.”

Does Saunders feel like he has something to prove?

”It’s about opportunity,” Saunders said. My goal is to break camp and make the team. I know I have a lot of good baseball left in me. I really like the Royals’ organization. I’ve always admired how they play and go about the game.”

The Star has a video to help acquaint you with some of the newer faces on the Royals.

The Royals were thrilled about Glove Day.

Former Royals pitcher Chris Young is trying to win a job in the Padres rotation.

The Twins sign first baseman Logan Morrison to a one-year deal.

The Angels will lower their right-field wall.

Joel Sherman has more radical ideas to change baseball to attract fans.

A medical issue is holding up the J.D. Martinez deal with Boston.

Buster Olney thinks players should own the pace of play issue.

Did Lenny Dykstra extort umpires?

Ben Lindbergh points out that players are doing better financially than you think.

The NCAA is feeding the black market it wants to destroy.

Former Jets quarterback joins the “flat earth” crowd.

How Newsweek collapsed.

The best songs to troll people on the jukebox.

What board game causes the biggest fights?

Your song of the day is Silversun Pickups with Lazy Eye.