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Royals Rumblings - News for April 27, 2021

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Salvy plays in his 1000th game with the Royals.

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Lynn Worthy writes why it is important for the Royals to get off to a good start.

“I truly believe that with this team and the fight that we have, we’re really good,” Keller said. “We’re sneaking up on a lot of teams, and we’re surprising a lot of people. … It doesn’t seem like we’re ever out of the game. The group as a whole is a lot of fun to be around. We love each other. We fight for each other. It’s a lot of fun to be in this clubhouse.”

Anne Rogers also writes about the fast start, with words from the skipper.

“These guys are expecting that somebody’s gonna pick us up, somebody is going to be able to make something happen, to give us a chance to win,” Matheny said. “If not, we’re just going to dig our heels in and scrap our way through. … People call them little things, but they’re big things. They’re really important for teams that fight like our team fights.”

Danny Duffy talks to Dave Brown about his bear suit, moving to the pen, and staying in Kansas City.

If Dayton Moore puts his name on somebody, there’s a very good chance that person is a high-character person. I feel really honored and privileged to have been in this jersey for as long as I have with him in the captain seat. He’s a great guy. And the environment here is fantastic. You hear the cliché about it being “More about the person than the player,” but yeah, he actually means it, and he walks that out. So it’s a great place to be.

Salvador Perez played in his 1000th game with the Royals.

“The longevity in this game amazes me,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “What guys have to endure, and then take that to another level in my mind when it comes to that position. I still see him as a young player, only because I believe he’s got a lot ahead of him. I was able to congratulate him this morning, and I know it means a lot to every one of our guys.”

In his Mellinger Minutes, Sam opines on what will happen to the lineup once Adalberto Mondesi returns.

My best guess is that if Lopez is performing and Dozier isn’t then Dozier is the one who will either move out or move around.

But we’re about halfway through Mondesi’s expected recovery time, and my ACTUAL best guess is that Dozier will hit a lot better over the next 20 games than he has for his first 17.

Either way, the Royals would have the type of depth they haven’t had in years. Dozier and Lopez would each be valuable bench pieces, with the ability to cover every position on the field between them.

Pete Grathoff notes that ratings for Ballys Kansas City are up.

Kevin O’Brien at Royals Reporter wonders if the Central is already a two-team race.

MLB.com has a mock draft up, with the Royals taking outfielder Sal Frelick.

Shohei Ohtani lives up to the two-way hype last night.

Former KBO MVP Hyeon-Jong Yang makes his MLB debut.

Trevor Bauer accuses Fernando Tatis, Jr. of peeking at catcher signs.

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich steps down.

How Boston is trying to win without Mookie Betts.

Should seven-inning no-hitters count?

Are pitchers being more aggressive with the new ball?

Falcons wideout Julio Jones may be on the trade market.

Chiefs tight end Sean Culkin will be paid entirely in Bitcoin.

Toyota buys Lyft’s autonomous vehicle division for $550 million.

A couple built a device to fix McDonald’s soft-serve machines but the company froze them out.

The original 1995 Mortal Kombat film is a great example of bad filmmaking.

Your song of the day is The Weeknd with Too Late.