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Royals Rumblings - News for May 9, 2022

Is the offense showing signs of life?

Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles - Game One Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Royals Rumblings - News for May 9, 2022

Anne Rogers writes there were signs of life in the offense in the doubleheader split against Baltimore Sunday.

“We’ve talked about scratching and clawing, and that’s what that is,” said Mike Matheny, who earned his 700th managerial win during Game 1. “Figuring out ways to put pressure on the defense. That’s taking aggressive leads, and causing them to have to do something. Every time you’re asking them to make a play, there are odds that something could go wrong there and go in your favor.

“That’s how we’re going to have to do this: Next man up. It can start at any point in the lineup.”

Lynn Worthy writes that Mike Matheny found things to like in Daniel Lynch’s start.

“That was another one that was better than what it looked,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said of Lynch’s outing.

“He made some good pitches. I don’t even know how many pitches they fouled off. It had to be over 30. He got into some good counts, made pretty good pitches and they started fouling them off.

“He fought. He didn’t have his best stuff, but he fought and competed. He kept us in the game. He had a couple times when it could have gotten out of hand, but he made good pitches when he had to and he kept us in it.”

Edward Olivares had to leave Sunday’s game with a leg injury.

“We’re going to get a better look at him,” Matheny said. “But right now, it didn’t look good, especially for a guy who is a runner. We’ve got to see where it is. Get some doctors to take a look at him, get a couple more tests.”

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