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Weekend Rumblings - News for April 21, 2018

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Weekend Rumblings - News for April 21, 2018

Jason Hammel found success by going to an old pitch.

“I’ve kind of gotten away from being so one-dimensional like I’ve been in the last few years,” Hammel said. “I’ve been so good with the fastball-slider combo, that I kind of got away from actually pitching.”

Salvador Perez is hoping for a quick return to Kansas City.

“A couple of more days here until I go to the big leagues, so I feel great,” Perez said before the opener of the doubleheader. “My knee feels better. I had an accident in my house (two days) before opening day. It was terrible for me. But this is part of the life. Now, I’ll start to get ready and go back and support my team.”

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City is confused by how the playing time is being doled out.

One thing I just can’t wrap my head around is how the Royals are handling Cheslor Cuthbert. I know he’s currently on pace for something like 475 plate appearance and that’s near the number that Ned Yost had mentioned for him before the season, but what we have to consider is that’s without competition for playing time from Jorge Bonifacio and to a lesser extent Alex Gordon. The Bonifacio suspension opened up DH at bats for him and my assumption was that he’d play basically every day. Instead, he found himself sitting against a lefty on Wednesday afternoon in Toronto in favor of Paulo Orlando and Abraham Almonte. You can make an argument that Cuthbert won’t be good enough to contribute to the next good Royals team and I’d buy it, but playing guys like Orlando, Almonte and Ryan Goins over him is infuriating.

Rustin Dodd looks back at the infamous Hal McRae tirade, 25 years later.

Twenty-five years later, Hal McRae is a 72-year-old with failed kidneys and grandkids that he loves to spoil. He lives in Bradenton, Fla., with his wife Jo. He suffers through dialysis three times per week.

He doesn’t have a lot of thoughts about his famous moment. It was all so long ago. Yet for a few minutes earlier this week, he thought back on that night in 1993 and let out his trademark cackle.

“They were stupid questions,” McRae said, laughing.

Jon Heyman gives an early ranking of next year’s free agent class.

24. Mike Moustakas, Royals 3B

He suffered a rude awakening in this year’s market as he wasn’t nearly as coveted as folks figured. But he seems to be a man on a mission. He also can not receive another qualifying offer, which can’t hurt, either.

Danny Duffy is offering a reward to recover his grandfather’s stolen sheet music and music equipment.

You don’t remember John Gelnar, but trading him ended up being a great move for the Royals.

Jose Bautista passed on a better deal from the Indians to sign with the Braves.

A company that gives up-front payments to prospects is drawing scrutiny from baseball.

No one pounds the strike zone anymore.

A pitcher from Drury in Missouri goes from working at the Miller Brewery to facing the Brewers in Miller Park.

Which weed is right for athletes?

Who are the candidates to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

A Boston Globe columnist is on leave after inconsistencies about his stories on the Boston Marathon are revealed.

Why aren’t more digital privacy advocacy groups working to rein in Facebook?

The five strangest Westworld theories that could still be true.

Your song of the day is Gary Mulligan and Ben Webster with Blues In B Flat.