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Royals Rumblings - News for April 24, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for April 24, 2018

Rustin Dodd writes about how much the Royals have been missing Salvador Perez.

In 20 games, Drew Butera and Cam Gallagher have combined to bat .190 with a .506 OPS. In 2017, Pérez hit a career-high 27 home runs while posting a .792 OPS, his highest since 2012.

“Not to say that the guys that have been filling in haven’t been doing a great job,” Moustakas said. “Those guys are doing a phenomenal job fighting every day, coming ready to work and play. But it’s really hard to replace [Pérez].”

Lorenzo Cain is looking forward to his return to Kansas City and seeing Royals fans tonight.

“I expect that they’ll show me some love,” he said. “It was a good six-year run over there. Those fans always supported us and poured their hearts out to us when we played. I’m just happy we were able to give it back by winning that World Series. Those were good times.”

Mike Moustakas has been mashing the ball, writes Maria Torres.

Moustakas has hit 38 baseballs with an exit velocity of 95 mph or higher, according to MLB’s Statcast system. Some of them have gone for base hits, others for home runs. That number is the second highest in the league. Only the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu, with 43, has recorded more.

The way Fangraphs sees it, Moustakas ranks 12th in hard-hit rate. His 48 percent, which is calculated based on a baseball’s hang time, trajectory and landing spot (not exit velocity), is the best among all third basemen. His rate is higher even than the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton (46.9 percent) and Aaron Judge (39.2).

Jeffrey Flanagan does a mailbag column and gives an update on former first-round pick Ashe Russell.

Right-hander Ashe Russell, 21, was Kansas City’s first-round pick in 2015, but after an encouraging year of Rookie-level ball that season, he developed some confidence issues which escalated into serious command issues on the mound. He pitched briefly in ‘16 and then took ‘17 off as he contemplated his future in baseball. The Royals tell me Russell has resumed a throwing program in Arizona this spring and is working toward throwing some inning in extended spring camp eventually. They have not given up on him.

Melky Cabrera signs a minor league deal with the Indians.

Pete Grathoff has five questions with Cam Gallagher.

Jeffrey Flanagan catches up with Royals Hall of Famer Dennis Leonard.

Former Royals infielder Greg Pryor does an AMA on Reddit.

Former Royals infielder and broadcaster Dave Nelson dies at age 73.

How the Cardinals plucked Jose Martinez from the Royals organization.

The Red Sox and Nationals may be the only two clubs to pay the luxury tax this year.

Jeff Passan writes we are in the strikeout age.

The Rockies are going with complex codes to combat sign-stealing.

Does baseball have a pine tar problem with pitchers?

Derek Jeter allegedly reneges on a promised memorial for Jose Fernandez.

The Arkansas women’s tennis team schedules six matches in one day against a cupcake opponent to become tournament eligible.

The NFL draft scouting glossary.

The scary prospect of artificial intelligence-enabled terrorism.

Investment broker Morgan Stanley touts two-way “Shohei Ohtani trades”.

The best Superman stories of the modern era.

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