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Royals Rumblings - News for August 6, 2018

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Royals Rumblings - News for August 6, 2018

Danny Duffy just missed a strikeout, according to umpire Bill Miller, which led to a grand slam Sunday.

“I thought they were strikes,” Duffy said. “I look back and they were strikes. But (in a) 3-2 (count), I’m not gonna throw him a slider because my fastball is good enough to get by him. If I walk him on a slider then it’s dumb. But he’s teed up for a fastball there because it’s 3-2, bases loaded and I throw a pretty good fastball. I had him punched out twice and it’s tough to see the ball go out of the yard. But you still gotta keep pitching. It’s just one of those things.”

Adalberto Mondesi sat Sunday with a minor injury.

“He dove for a ball and pinched his shoulder a little bit,” Yost said. “It was a little sore yesterday. He could have played. I didn’t even ask him today -- figured I’d give him another day and [he should be] ready to go tomorrow.”

David Lesky at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City scratches his head over Dayton Moore’s comments.

What bothers me most about Dayton Moore’s comments regarding looking to win sooner than later is that I’m not so sure he’d have the same belief if they were 45-63 instead of 35-73. That’s incredibly short sighted that meaningless wins or losses might be changing the way he’s going about rebuilding really the whole organization. Maybe I’m wrong and this is what he’d have been doing all along, but given his comments on being embarrassed and not wanting to go through this again, I just have to believe that the product on the field, which has been largely achieved by players who are likely not going to be in the organization even by the time the front office thinks they can compete. Like I said on Wednesday, I think I actually see what they’re trying to do and I don’t really have a huge problem with it even if it’s not the direction I’d go, but sometimes I just wish Moore would talk less because he ends up saying things that just make you shake your head.

Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom thinks the future Royals rotation looks solid.

Clubhouse Conversation talks to Royals minor league pitcher Andrew Beckwith.

Doc Riddle at Baseball Prospectus Kansas City profiles prospect Charlie Neuweiler.

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report talks to outfield prospect Nick Heath.

Roberto Osuna is activated from his suspension for domestic violence.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia denies reports he will step down at the end of the season.

Greg Holland signs with the Nationals.

Is positionless baseball the next big thing?

The life of former Royals pitcher Jesse Chavez, journeyman pitcher.

Are the Red Sox pulling away in the East?

David Laurila at Fangraphs talks to Brian Bannister at Saberseminar.

The best moments from the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.

How to feel if your team wasn’t ranked in the pre-season top 25 for college football.

Scientists are trying to thwart a salamander apocalypse.

Patrick Stewart is returning for a new Star Trek series.

Are you ready for Better Call Saul to become Breaking Bad?

Your song of the day is Irma Thomas with Anyone Who Knows What Love Is.