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Royals Rumblings - News for July 24, 2019

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Bow down to your new hero, Lucas Duda.

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Royals Rumblings - News for July 24, 2019

Lynn Worthy writes about Brad Keller’s homecoming to his native Georgia.

Asked over the weekend if many people from his hometown were planning to come to the game, Keller replied, “Ha. My whole town. Literally, all my close friends, my high school, my coaches. I’m not from a very big town, so word has kind of spread all the way around already. A lot of people are coming Tuesday and Wednesday. I’m really excited and can’t wait.”

He also reports that Mike Montgomery will be limited to 60-65 pitches in his next start.

“I thought for being off for as long as I was, I threw two innings pretty well,” Montgomery said. “I think you get a little tired and you’re going to be a little prone to making mistakes. I think that’s what happened in the third inning. It’s been good just to get on that rhythm of you’ve got your Day 1 stuff, Day 2, and get back in that routine.

“Physically, I feel really good. It’s almost kind of like spring training in a way, again, where you’re building up.”

Lucas Duda was the hero last night.

Your Adalberto Mondesi update.

Dan Szymborski at Fangraphs proposes a few trades, including deals for Ian Kennedy and Whit Merrifield.

The Cincinnati Reds acquire 2B Whit Merrifield from the Kansas City Royals for 3B Jonathan India, P Tony Santillan, and OF Jose Siri

While this ought to be more in the plausible zone, the Royals seem to have the idea that they’re trading Chris Sale or Francisco Lindor. I think this is a more realistic return for Merrifield, who while a legitimate star on a team-friendly contract, turns 31 this winter. The Reds don’t have an obvious home for India right now, their pitching issues have taken a sunny turn, and Siri strikes me as the type of player the Royals will absolutely love. The Reds have been unlucky this year, but they remain a plausible contender in 2020.

Robert Graham at Royals Farm Report looks at what the roster could look like in September.

Eno Sarris at The Athletic looks at whether “purpose pitches” actually work.

Dodger Stadium will undergo a $100 million renovation.

The Rockies may be shopping Charlie Blackmon.

The Pirates suspend reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified contract violation.

A look at every team’s best extra-inning moment.

The 50 best players who could get traded this month.

Hanley Ramirez has shoulder surgery and hopes to play next year.

Robot umps will continue this year in the Atlantic League.

Why would someone want to shoot David Ortiz?

MLB local viewership is down 4 percent, mostly from large markets.

USA Baseball looks for minor leaguers for 2020 Olympic Qualifiers.

The NFL’s all-time old man team.

What will be the most improved college football conference this year?

Are there hidden winners to gentrification?

Understanding the science of regrettable decisions.

What do we want from Disney live-action re-makes?

Your song of the day is A Tribe Called Quest with Check the Rhime.