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Weekend Rumblings - News for August 22, 2020

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Adalberto Mondesi has faced some challenges.

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Weekend Rumblings - News for August 22, 2020

Brady Singer will face the Twins for the third time this season, writes Lynn Worthy.

Singer downplayed the idea that he’d have to be overly careful about mixing up his pitch selection or risk falling into patterns against certain hitters.

“I think that’s just the art of pitching and the battle between the pitcher and the hitter,” Singer said. “But I’m not going to overthink it. I’m not going to change everything relatively. I’m going to keep it kind of simple, kind of pitch to my strengths and keep going.”

Jeffrey Flanagan has more on the loss of Salvador Perez.

“Cam is an excellent receiver,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “He handles the games well. And as you’ve seen, he has given us some really good at-bats as well.

“It’s tough to take someone like Salvy out of the lineup. He’s our best hitter right now. But we need other guys to step up right now.”

Scott Miller at Bleacher Report has a really nice in-depth profile on the challenges Adalberto Mondesi has faced.

Catching up to a tantalizing future sometimes takes longer than expected, even for a young man in a hurry. The World Series debut? The Royals strategically thought his speed might have been a key in the battle with the New York Mets, and he aches to return.

“It was something beautiful,” he says. “I want to be part of a World Series again.”...

“He’s learning,” Grifol says. “I don’t know if the kid will figure it out at 24 or 27, but his body and explosiveness is so good that when his game comes together, you have a potential MVP. That’s how I feel.”

Bill Ripken breaks down Brad Keller’s performance on MLB Network.

Trey Donovan at Kings of Kauffman looks at who is hot and who is not.

Pinstripe Alley looks at whether the Royals and Yankees could be a match for a trade.

The Phillies acquire relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox.

Two positive COVID-19 tests with the Mets have caused their series with the Yankees to be postponed.

MLB warns Trevor Bauer he will be disciplined if he wears cleats that express support for Joe Kelly.

Fangraphs has their complete top 50 trade value rankings.

Will the trade deadline be a dud?

This season may be showing that home field advantage is not real.

A look at how the Cardinals will try to catch up on all their make up games.

Should we have foreseen the Dylan Bundy breakthrough?

A look at Statcast standouts among top prospects.

Chiefs fans won’t be allowed to wear headdresses anymore.

The way Netflix promoted the film Cuties has people wanting the film pulled, despite the content being very much different than the promotion.

Apple claims Epic is threatening the entire Apple Store model.

A history of movie co-stars hating each other.

Your song of the day is Cannonball Adderley with A Night in Tunisia.