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Royals Rumblings - News for July 27, 2018

Adalberto Mondesi talks about his tough defensive night.

“I knew what I needed to do,” Mondesi said. “I just didn’t do it.

“Right now those things happen. I just need to keep my head up and keep playing baseball.”

Brandon Maurer talks about his frustrating season with Rustin Dodd.

“[I’m] just really taking a look at what’s going on, diving into video a little bit,” Maurer said. “Just seeing: ‘OK, maybe that ball did leak a little bit, so I got to stay through it a little further.’

“I think I’m been getting a little unlucky at times, too. Making a decent pitch that just gets hit well or breaks a bat and bloops in. But that’s just part of it.”

Dodd also profiles new closer Wily Peralta.

“Since day one, I told the organization: ‘I don’t mind being in the bullpen, but I like to be in there when the game is on the line,’ ” he said. “Just one inning and really let it go.”

Maria Torres gives injury updates on Cheslor Cuthbert, Eric Skoglund, Jesse Hahn, and Nate Karns.

Jeffrey Flanagan looks at who is and isn’t untouchable at the deadline.

The latest on Mike Moustakas.

Brady Singer is the only Royals prospect in the mid-season update for MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospect list. They also revise their top 30 prospects for each organization.

This system is on the upswing. The Royals started the year with an interesting nucleus of young position players in OFs Khalil Lee and Seuly Matias, catcher M.J. Melendez and 1B Nick Pratto. Then they focused on college pitching in the Draft, beginning with spending three first-rounders on RHPs Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar plus LHP Daniel Lynch.

Former Royals coach Jaime Quirk thinks it is time to cut ties with Bubba Starling.

“My biggest thing is I don’t know how much Bubba loves baseball,” Quirk said. “I think he loved it because he got 7 1/2 million dollars and you have to take that. I think his first love was football, I think that’s where he probably belonged. But you do not turn down 7 1/2 million. ...

“He doesn’t go to winter ball, he doesn’t got to Venezuela or Puerto Rico or Dominican and continue his craft. He comes home and does what guys do in the offseason and hunt, fish, hangout. I don’t think he loves the game of baseball. He doesn’t have a passion to really get better, because when your peers are passing you up and going to higher levels, that should bother you at some point.”

Darin Watson at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City looks at the best outing of Kevin Appier’s career - that he lost.

Former Royals post-game host Josh Vernier talks about his new show on 610 Sports.

The Brewers pick up Joakim Soria from the White Sox.

The Yankees acquire Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ.

Dan Szymborski imagines a full fire sale of the Orioles.

Is Trevor Bauer a Cy Young favorite?

Switch-hitting has become a lost art.

What are the worst trade deadline hot takes you ever had?

Mariners executives settled three claims of inappropriate workplace conduct.

The Nationals would only trade Bryce Harper in an “extreme” situation.

Lebron James is bringing a barbershop talk show to HBO.

Conor McGregor’s court battles come to an end.

Facebook’s forecast for the future suddenly looks bleak.

Will people embrace gene editing in agriculture?

NatGeo will have Jeff Goldblum walk around being fascinated by things.

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