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Royals Rumblings - News for April 24, 2019

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Royals Rumblings - News for April 24, 2019

Dayton Moore still believes in this bullpen.

“Obviously, the first 10 days — the bullpen and the later innings had been a work in progress for us,” Moore said over the weekend in New York. “As I’ve said before, we feel like we have enough talent in our bullpen to match up effectively. We just need to look for more consistency, and I think we’ll get it.”

Hunter Dozier is out a few games with back spasms

“He’s really swinging the bat well, one of our better hitters, but we push this thing and it locks up — it could be three weeks,” Yost said. “So what do you want to do? You want to be smart, take three days hopefully to get past the worst part of it or you want to keep pushing through it and have it really lock up? That’s the balance.

Brad Keller dropped his appeal and will begin serving his five-game suspension.

Ned talks about the time he had Albert Pujols intentionally hit.

Fangraphs has a mock draft up with the Royals taking Texas prep star Bobby Witt, Jr.

It seemed like a philosophical shift at the beginning of a rebuild, but I’ve talked to about four times as many sources on this topic in the last two weeks as I did before, and almost everyone since then is insistent that Witt is the pick here. Vaughn and possibly Hunter Bishop have been mentioned as backup plans, but the top three picks are thought to be pretty locked in at this juncture, with a couple scouting directors guessing it’s about 90% certain to go the way I’ve outlined here.

Suspended shortstop Addison Russell will begin playing games in the minors this week.

Jake Arrieta was not a fan of Bryce Harper’s behavior.

How the Rays are surprising baseball again.

How baseball could follow Japan’s model for re-imagining the amateur draft to reduce tanking.

Sinkers are falling out of style.

Is baseball ready for the rise of the Padres?

The Korean league seems to be de-juicing its baseballs.

The story of how Dave Winfield was selected in four different drafts.

U.S. Customs seizes nearly $12 million in fake championship rings.

It looks like Duke basketball is going to be pretty stacked again next year.

The college basketball bribery scandal could be expanding to football.

We’re on track for the worst measles outbreak this century.

The workday lunch hour is dying.

Avengers: Endgame is a Marvel miracle.

Your song of the day is Violent Femmes with Add it Up (NSFW language)