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Royals Rumblings - News for June 27, 2019

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81 games down, 81 to go.

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Royals Rumblings - News for June 27, 2019

Jakob Junis reflects on his performance in the series finale in Cleveland to Jeffrey Flanagan.

“Jake made a couple of mistakes, and they hit it out of the ballpark again,” Yost said. “But he gave us six strong innings, and gave us a chance to win.”

Junis said his outing was just OK.

“Could have been better,” he said.

Alex Schiffer writes for the Star about outfield prospect Brewer Hicklen.

Over time, Hicklen started to worry less about the result of an at-bat and more about how he handled it. He started to see success at the start of May. If he made an out, was the ball made on hard contact or did he get under the ball? Was the pitch in the strike zone or did he chase?

He made peace with the idea that his power numbers were going to disappear. Hicklen said he preferred to make outs on hard contact over hits on pitches he had no business swinging at.

“All you can control is what you swing at and what kind of swing you put on it,” Hicklen said.

Craig Edwards at ESPN looks at the unsung hero for each team in the first half.

Kansas City Royals: Homer Bailey

The former Reds rotation headliner was included in the Dodgers’ trade of Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to balance out cash, and after L.A. let him go, the Royals decided to give the oft-injured righty a shot. While not dominant, Bailey has posted average strikeout and walk numbers without allowing many homers. That isn’t a lot, but Bailey has provided the rebuilding Royals innings and a shot to win every time out.

Bubba Starling is named a Pacific Coast League All-Star.

Robert Graham at Royals Farm Report wonders who will be the next player to break the club home run record.

Jim Duquette at The Athletic lists Nicky Lopez #8 on his list of top second base prospects.

Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom says pass on a reunion with Kendrys Morales.

The Athletic names Paul Rudd as the #2 celebrity baseball fan.

The Nationals will wear Expos throwbacks in a game against the Royals next week.

Giancarlo Stanton is headed to the injured list.

Shohei Ohtani is the most exciting DH in baseball.

Ken Rosenthal writes at The Athletic that the Red Sox/Yankees series in London is a big step in spreading the game internationally.

The Montreal group trying to bring back baseball supports the idea of splitting the Rays.

Get to know the change up.

Vanderbilt is your college baseball champion.

ESPN reporter Bob Ley announces his retirement after 40 years of work.

MLS will open up its jersey sponsorships to sports betting companies.

A theory on what really happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

A list of the 50 best restaurants in the world.

The video game Myst is being developed for TV and film....again.

Your song of the day is The White Stripes with Black Math.