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Royals Rumblings - News for August 10, 2020

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Smile, Jorge, you’re among the best home run hitters in baseball!

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Royals Rumblings - News for August 10, 2020

Brady Singer talks about reaching out for the hot shot that hit his hand with Jeffrey Flanagan.

“I’ve [done that] my whole entire career,” Singer said. “And I need to pay attention to the shift more. I think there’s no one behind me and then you see two guys waiting there with open arms.”

Mike Matheny talks about Ian Kennedy evolving out of the closer’s role.

“It’s nice to have different guys to fill those roles, including [Scott] Barlow,” Matheny said. “It’s more about the lineup matchups. …

“It’s best for our team right now. We’re not getting pushback from anyone. Those saves have value, I know [in terms of salary]. But they all realize [the big picture]…and we have so many unique characters down there. Rosie and Holly... they don’t need labels.”

Jorge Soler lets himself smile after a two-home run night on Saturday.

Soler, smiling, said through interpreter Luis Perez, “[Matheny] has told me multiple times to smile a little bit more. I don’t like to smile a lot. I don’t want to disrespect anybody at all.”

Vahe Gregorian profiles Lou Smith, who was one of the few African-Americans as part of a baseball ownership group when he served on the board to run the Royals following the death of Ewing Kauffman.

The Orioles claim pitcher Jorge López off waivers.

Pete Grathoff writes that Rex Hudler had another Hud-ism over the weekend.

The Astros and Athletics have a bench-clearing brawl.

The Cardinals/Pirates series has already been postponed due to COVID-19.

Why didn’t MLB use a bubble?

Nick Solak hit a home run off Jo Adell’s glove, but is it a home run?

The Indians send Zack Plesac home for violating COVID-19 safety protocols and going out.

Catcher Chris Ianetta retires.

Salvador Perez makes Richard Justice’s list of comeback players this year.

What happened to elite first basemen in baseball?

Players scheduled to be minor league free agents will still be minor league free agents this winter.

An absurdist baseball video game is tearing up the internet.

The Mid-American Conferences postpones all fall sports, including football.

Brooks Koepka jabs Dustin Johnson for his majors totals.

An important part of science is admitting when its wrong.

A judge ends a longstanding decree that allowed Hollywood to dictate how movies were distributed.

The question of “what is a museum” turns into a political debate in Europe.

Your song of the day is Warren Zevon with Lawyers, Guns and Money.