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Royals Rumblings - News for May 6, 2019

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Royals Rumblings - News for May 6, 2019

Despite Sunday’s loss, Ned Yost was proud of how his bullpen battled.

“Any way is a tough way to lose,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Ian is battling out there, gives up two infield hits. Just elevated a curveball. He pitched great. The bullpen pitched great.”

Chris Owings may find a bit more bench time going forward.

“I’m just going to slow him down a little bit,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s really grinding. I talked to him a little bit today. I told him, ‘You’re really a good player. Your value as a defender is huge. Just, you’re really grinding. Cut yourself a little slack. Relax a little bit.’”

Brad Boxberger is trying to get his career back on track.

Since 2016, Boxberger had been sidelined at separate times for groin surgery (March 2016), an oblique injury (June 2016) and a right flexor strain (April 2017).

“When one thing hurts you start doing something else and kind of go back and forth,” Boxberger said. “Just being healthy now and just being able to adapt the old mechanics and getting back to where I had success before is definitely the goal.”

Rustin Dodd has a Q&A and talks about what fans don’t see.

There’s a lot that fans don’t see. But then again, in 2019, fans see a lot. I’m sure I could think of better examples. One thing fans never think about is the work load for coaches in baseball -- hitting coaches, bench coaches, etc. The amount of film and video work they do is extreme. And the data they consider and research. The Royals have always had a reputation as a more old-school organization. But coaches like Pedro Grifol, Vance Wilson and Dale Sveum are incredibly smart and forward thinking. And fans don’t hear from them enough, probably.

Andrew Simon at writes about all those triples the Royals are hitting.

Kansas City’s current pace would yield a lofty season total of 88 triples, the most since the 1938 Indians had 89. That’s highly unlikely to continue, but the club still could put up one of the largest triple totals in recent history. No team has reached the 60-triple plateau since the 2001 Rockies and Tigers, and no team team has hit 65 or more since the 1984 Astros and Blue Jays.

How Cam Gallagher bunted his way into the record books over the weekend.

Hunter Dozier makes Richard Justice’s list of 2019 breakout stars.

Former Royals pitcher Chris Young is a rising star as an executive with MLB.

The Orioles TV network will have to pay millions to the Nationals in their territorial rights dispute.

Trevor Cahill becomes the first pitcher to pitch in four different countries.

X-rays are negative for Lorenzo Cain after he is struck on the wrist with a pitch.

The Reds release outfielder Matt Kemp.

The Angels hope to activate Shohei Ohtani on this roadtrip.

Is Cubs management trying to influence how the media covers Addison Russell?

The Cleveland Indians have the most surplus value in baseball.

The Mariners have become a fun team to watch.

High school draft picks tend to get bigger free agent paydays.

Maximum Security bettors lost about $9M after the horse was disqualified at the Kentucky Derby.

The future is not looking good for Manchester United.

An oral history of the creation of Amazon Prime.

A cutscene in The Good Fight about censorship was no joke, CBS really did censor the show.

A quantum physicist breaks down a critical plot piece of Avengers: Endgame.

Your song of the day is The Dead Milkmen with Punk Rock Girl.