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Weekend Rumblings - News for July 13, 2019

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Weekend Rumblings - News for July 13, 2019

Bubba Starling talks about his long road to the big leagues with Lynn Worthy.

“Some people don’t know how tough baseball really is,” said Starling. “You can be as physically gifted as you want to be, but most of it’s mental. When I came out of high school, I didn’t really know that. It took me this amount of years now to finally get here. I’ve matured. I went through a lot of struggles, but I think those struggles are the (thing) that have made me the player (I am) today.”

Dayton Moore comments on Starling’s promotion.

Jeffrey Flanagan gets the scoop from Ned Yost on how Starling will be used.

Yost plans on using Starling regularly in center field. Alex Gordon will play left, Whit Merrifield will play right, Jorge Soler will DH, and Billy Hamilton, who could still be a trade chip, moves to the bench.

Neither Yost nor Moore said they have any doubts that Starling can last in the big leagues, mainly because they believe his defense has been Major League ready for some time.

He also reports that X-rays were negative on Danny Duffy’s hand after he was hit with a line drive.

In his Friday notes, David Lesky is ready to see pitching coach Cal Eldred go.

No, I’m not saying Eldred magically turned him to crap, but I’m saying the one example people had to fall back on was maybe the worst of them all after looking so good. I’ve heard from reliable sources that Eldred is sour on advanced analytics to the point that he mocks them, and there’s just no place in today’s game for that. And before you get your jokes in about how he’s a perfect fit for the Royals, this is an organization that was one of the, if not the, first to have Trackman installed in all their minor league facilities. They may not always listen to the analytics team, but they at least have invested in them. So I guess this is my every other month reminder that Eldred has got to go and the sooner the better.

Clubhouse Conversation talks to Royals pitching prospect Holden Capps.

The Angels throw a combined no-hitter on the day they honor Tyler Skaggs.

The Indians get reliever Phil Maton from the Padres.

Friday was the deadline for draft picks to sign, so who didn’t sign?

Jake Marisnick gets a two-game suspension for colliding with Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The Diamondbacks are stealing bases at an incredibly effective rate.

With no waiver trades, how will that affect the trade deadline?

The Reds see themselves as buyers.

Former big league pitcher Dwight Gooden is arrested for cocaine possession.

A ranking of every MLB team’s victory song.

A guy tries to see if he can get random reliever Phil Coke to 512 career wins in OOTP baseball.

Roger Federer defeats Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semifinals in a clash of titans.

The Oklahoma City Thunder lost a chance to build a dynasty, but can they do it now?

Is the best way to play video games is so fast that you don’t notice the story?

More than 500,000 people have RSVPd to storm Area 51.

Stranger Things turned a dead mall in Georgia into the Starcourt Mall.

Your song of the day is Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with Are You Real?