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Royals Rumblings - News for April 23, 2018

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Is it Salvy day?

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Royals Rumblings - News for April 23, 2018

Abraham Almonte talks about his big day on Sunday.

“I’m getting more confident, seeing the ball better,” said Almonte, whom the Royals claimed off waivers from the Indians at the beginning of April and brought into the fold when Alex Gordon was placed on the disabled list a week on April 10. “I feel like I stay more focused in the approach that I take to the plate every at-bat.”

It sounds like Salvador Perez is on his way.

The Royals are missing Salvy’s bat.

“I don’t think (the offense is) anywhere close to what it’s capable of being,” Yost said. “That was a big blow losing Salvy the day before opening day. That’s your number four hitter there that kind of balances everything out.”

Royals reliever Tim Hill missed the entire 2015 season, not with injury, but with cancer.

First things first, Hill had surgery, a procedure that removed half of his colon. Then radiation. Then chemo....

But Hill was determined to make it through. And by November of 2015, he completed his chemo.

”The next month, the Royals sent me to a minicamp, and when I showed up, they saw I weighed 150 pounds,” Hill said. “It was probably shocking to them. But the Royals really took good care of me throughout this.”

Clay Buchholz, who has an opt-out on May 1, is making progress.

Todd Fertig at the Topeka Capital-Journal writes that the Royals rebuild is taking place, just not in Kansas City.

Former Royals pitcher Sean Manaea tosses a no-hitter against the Red Sox. Billy Butler wrote him a congratulatory note.

Fountain City Frequency writes about the A’s fleeing for Kansas City.

The Indians aren’t panicking after a slow start.

White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar suffers a brain hemorrhage during a game.

Can Major League Baseball succeed in the state of Florida?

Baseball-backers in Portland look for stadium sites.

Justin Verlander calls out Tim Anderson for violating the unwritten rules and claps back at fans that told him he sucks.

Brandon Belt has a 21-pitch at-bat.

Derek Jeter has a combative interview with Bryant Gumbel.

Covering Shohei Ohtani is a full-time job.

The disgrace of minor league salaries.

Lance Armstrong pays $5 million to the United States to settle fraud claims.

The amount of straws and plastic trash is causing havoc with coastlines.

The Chinese survivors of the Titanic were written out of history.

The three most pressing questions from the Westworld premiere.

Your song of the day is Chet Faker with No Diggity.