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Royals Rumblings - News for March 26, 2021

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 26, 2021

Danny Duffy is fine after taking a comebacker to both legs, writes Lynn Worthy.

“Somehow it hit both of my legs,” Duffy said. “Can’t explain it, but I’m good. Skip came out, and I told him I was good. He was like, ‘You know, really good effort today. Let’s just call it right there.’ I’ll have one more here, so I’ll stretch it out to six or maybe six in some change next time.”

He also writes that Nicky Lopez wants to earn his spot, despite a tough spring.

So Royals hitting coach Terry Bradshaw and coach John Mabry made suggestions to help Lopez simplify his swing. It has been tough sledding this spring, but Lopez has committed himself to making the adjustments even as the results lag behind.

“I would be lying to say it’s easy to stay positive during that,” Lopez said on Monday. “Obviously, you want to see some production. You want to see yourself driving balls and getting on base, but you’ve got to take some positives out of it and know that you’re trending in the right direction. Just believe in what they are wanting me to do and that what they are asking of me is going to work. I believe and trust them.”

Mike Matheny thought Ervin Santana threw the ball well yesterday, writes Anne Rogers.

“That was pretty dominant,” Matheny said. “Thought he’s thrown well all spring, but the velocity was there as well, carried it for three innings. Thought it was great.”

She also catches up with Daniel Tillo, who will have his first bullpen session in April after Tommy John surgery.

“That was definitely a punch to the stomach last year,” Tillo said. “I felt so close in Spring Training. I felt amazing. I didn’t have a whole lot of arm issues, and especially last offseason and in Spring Training, I felt amazing. It’s unfortunate, but it’s been good to see the guys here at Spring Training. You feel like you’re a part of the team and playing baseball again. Days are going by a lot quicker now.”

Adalberto Mondesi went deeeep yesterday.

David Lesky at Inside the Crown looks at how it can all go right for the Royals this year.

Jorge Soler makes David Schoenfield’s All-Underrated Team.

White Sox outfield Eloy Jimenez will miss 5-6 months with a torn pectoral muscle.

Rays reliever Nick Anderson will be out until after the All-Star break with a torn elbow ligament.

Former Royals pitcher Matt Harvey makes the Orioles rotation.

Pitcher Gio Gonzalez announces his retirement.

Dan Syzmborski handicaps the MVP and Cy Young races, including the chances of Adalberto Mondesi winning.

What if all high school draft picks signed with their clubs?

CBS Sports ranks the top 100 players in baseball.

A look at the top Rookie of the Year candidates.

Former Yankees great and American League President Bobby Brown dies at age 96.

Fernando Tatis, Jr. will release a limited edition NFT.

Grades for all the NBA trade deadline action.

Why are divorce rates dropping?

Can the Earth feed 10 billion people?

The enduring allure of Jessica Walter, who passed away at age 80 yesterday.

Your song of the day is Loverboy with Working for the Weekend.