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Royals Rumblings - News for March 29, 2021

The last day of the spring training schedule.

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Royals Rumblings - News for March 29, 2021

Anne Rogers talks to Nicky Lopez about his demotion.

“I’d be lying to say it’s easy to stay positive during that, because you want to see some production, you want to see yourself driving balls and getting on base. But you have to take some positives out of it, know that you’re trending in the right direction and just believe in what they’re wanting me to do and what they’re asking of me is going to work. And obviously, I believe and trust them.”

Mike Matheny notes that playing second base may be easier on Whit Merrifield’s body, writes Lynn Worthy.

“Our sports science people would say so, just from measuring the overall workloads in the outfield — especially center field,” Matheny said. “Measuring ground covered and intensity, center field is the one, especially in a stadium like Kauffman, that’s extremely difficult and does have a chance to beat the body up a little bit more than other spots.

“Whit has always said the same thing too. He’s always said that when he gets to second base, it’s just a different load on his body.”

Mike Matheny comments on Wade Davis making the club.

“I’ve been really impressed with his stuff, and we all know about the makeup of this guy,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “He’s a winning player that we believe can help make a difference. He and Greg Holland, and that voice that they have together, is a powerful one that carries a lot of weight with our players. Just watching the pitcher, I’m excited about what he’s able to do on the mound.”

Anne also writes about Kyle Isbel’s attempt to make the team.

“It’s been emotional, it’s been really fun, but I can only control what I can control and just keep playing hard,” Isbel said Saturday night. “That’s all I can do. … I had a goal to make the team. Like I said, it’s out of my hands, but I give it my all every day. Whatever happens, happens.”

And she writes about Emmanuel Rivera’s development.

“There are a couple guys who haven’t had the attention they’ve deserved, and Emmanuel’s one of them,” Matheny said earlier this week. “Consistent hard-hit balls, and he’s done a nice job at third base, as well. But it’s the at-bats that have stood out to me. … It’s fun when you throw something out to a young player, ‘Here’s something that’s small and may seem insignificant to you, but it means something,’ and you watch them think about it and then go apply it, and then it becomes part of who he is and part of his routine. The way he’s working, the way he’s preparing, the way he’s thinking, the way he’s interacting, it’s improved so much from a year ago.”

Mike Minor is ready to get the season started after his final spring training start, writes Worthy.

“You come in excited for spring training, and then by the end of it you’re ready to go,” Minor said. “You’re ready to have the games count and get the group together and kind of get the camaraderie going, get the season going and travel and all that stuff.”

He also writes about how Richard Lovelady has adjusted since his debut season.

“The two-seamer is what got me in trouble my first time in the big leagues, leaving it up to right-handers,” Lovelady said. “Late in the season, not having that wipeout slider (and) having that flat plane slider got me in trouble.

“I think the biggest two things were those in general, staying ahead of guys and being able to utilize those two pitches to my advantage especially with the right-handers.”

Anthony Franco at MLB Trade Rumors looks at the Royals’ off-season.

The Twins sign pitcher Randy Dobnak to a five-year, $9.25 million deal.

Former Gold Glove finalist Nico Hoerner won’t make the Cubs roster.

The Indians trade pitcher Adam Plutko to the Orioles.

Luke Voit will start the year on the Injured List with a torn meniscus.

Rookie Jazz Chisolm wins the starting second base job in Miami.

Jeff Passan’s cover story with Juan Soto.

Carlos Correa rejects the Astros long-term offer and will look to become a free agent this winter.

Francisco Lindor dines with Mets owner Steve Cohen to hash out a long-term deal.

Who had the eye-opening spring training for each team?

The player milestones we could see reached this season.

The U.S. soccer team fails to qualify for the Olympics in a 2-1 loss to Honduras.

The NFL will officially expand to a 17-game schedule.

The Athletic and Axois are discussing a merger

What AI can tell us about the myth of human genius.

The evolution of Asian-American acting roles in Hollywood.

Celebrating Ramona Quimby’s enduring appeal following the death of author Beverly Cleary.

Your song of the day is 13th Floor Elevators with You’re Gonna Miss Me.