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Weekend Rumblings - News for June 29, 2019

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Nicky has a big league adjustment.

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Weekend Rumblings - News for June 29, 2019

Lynn Worthy writes about Nicky Lopez’s acclimation to the big leagues.

The two biggest things the Royals staff can provide Lopez right now are playing time and experience.

“The big change comes in understanding just to relax and let it happen, play your game, quit pressing, quit trying so hard,” Yost said. “Your natural ability is there. That’s what got you here. That’s what will keep you here. You start to press a little bit and think you’ve got to do more, that never works. Then you finally sit back and say’ ‘I’m going to take it easy. I’m going to play my game.’ Then they start to come out of it and they start to play better.”

MJ Melendez is helping to develop Royals’ pitching, writes Alex Schiffer.

“MJ’s done an incredible job defensively considering he’s got offensive ability and it isn’t going well right now,” said J.J. Picollo, Royals assistant general manager. “He’s been able to separate the offense from the defense, and when you can do that as a catcher that’s your big bonus. He’s doing it.”

Alec Lewis writes about the fantastic start in the minors by Kris Bubic this year.

Perhaps even diehard fans might not have noticed the Stanford alum struck out more batters through his first nine starts at Low-A Lexington than any other pitcher in the minors. Maybe they haven’t seen his unique delivery, which includes a hitch before he releases, similar to that of Clayton Kershaw. Maybe the scouting report that includes his potentially devastating changeup hasn’t been fully dispersed.

“Honestly, I almost prefer it that way,” Bubic says, smiling.

Adalberto Mondesi will begin a rehab assignment in Northwest Arkansas today.

Alex Duvall at Royals Farm Report takes a mid-season look at the Royals’ prospect list.

The Rays are calling up two-way player Brendan McKay.

Wade Davis may be losing his closer’s role.

Cookie Monster sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame at Wrigley Field.

Are the Marlins kind of interesting now?

The MLB London series is going to bring out the British baseball nerds.

The improbable reinvention of Alex Rodriguez.

Mike Petriello at MLB.com projects Whit Merrifield to make the All-Star team, but Hunter Dozier to be left off.

The suspected mastermind behind the David Ortiz shooting has been arrested.

What would Lebron James’ career as a football player be like in an alternate universe?

How Megan Rapinoe and Team USA defeated France in the World Cup.

Why Europe is particularly vulnerable to record heat waves.

You can see a total solar eclipse on Tuesday...if you are in South America.

Every Netflix original movie, ranked.

Your song of the day is the Red Garland Trio with What is this Thing Called Love?