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Royals Rumblings - News for June 25, 2018

Alcides can be....centerfield.

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 25, 2018

Alcides Escobar enjoyed his first start in centerfield.

“When I signed they told me I came to play,” Escobar said. “But the situation that we’re going through right now, it’s not easy.

”It’s a little difficult. We know we have to find ways to win games. Whatever — as long as we win games, that’s the important part. I don’t care if I have to play a different position or anything. I understand. The important thing is to win games.”

It isn’t clear where he will play, but Hunter Dozier will stay in Kansas City for now.

Needled, Yost admitted, yes, Dozier would be “mixed in” more. Starts in right field loom in his future; he’ll get a chance to man third base, where he played before the Royals encouraged him to become more versatile.

No matter how fluid Yost said the plans might be, one thing appears certain: The Royals don’t intend to return Dozier to the minor leagues for the time being.

Rustin Dodd profiles Rosell Herrera.

As he stood before his locker, Herrera talked about his father, Francisco, a former minor-leaguer who preached the virtues of energy to his son. Francisco Herrera never made the major leagues, yet Rosell remembers his words clearly.

“When I was a kid,” Herrera said, “my dad always told me: ‘Play hard. Respect the game.’ ”

The Diamondbacks lament that Brad Keller may be the one that got away.

Royals draft pick Eric Cole and his Arkansas Razorbacks will play in the College World Series finals against Oregon State.

Vandals flood the Buck O’Neil Education and Research Center in Kansas City.

The Mariners are rallying to get Ichiro Suzuki into the Home Run Derby.

Max Muncy is the unknown infielder who might save the Dodgers’ season.

How Mike Trout compares to other greats after their first 1,000 games.

It turns out Hanley Ramirez really wasn’t involved in a drug ring after all.

The National League is winning interleague matchups, for a change.

The physics of demolishing a ballpark.

Trevor Bauer is suing a trainer for unauthorized use of his likeness.

Are MLB teams using bobblehead giveaways to skirt tax laws?

The NFL rejects a request by Chiefs lineman and doctor Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s request to put “M.D.” on his jersey.

American immigrants share what it means to watch the World Cup.

Summer is for meteor shower-watching. Here is where to watch.

Did humans begin kissing originally to share food?

Did Mary Poppins go to Hogwarts?

Your song of the day is Steve Winwood with Valerie.