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I follow other Kansas City teams, but I focus on the Royals and baseball in general.

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#Royals sign RHP Felipe Paulino to a one-year contract.

#Royals sign RHP Felipe Paulino to a one-year contract.

https://twitter.com/Royals_Report/status/274287535939809280

J.C. Sulbaran Pulled from AFL Duty

#Royals pull P J.C.Sulbaran off Surprise team in Arizona Fall League as precaution for sore arm; replaced by Malcom Culver. - Bob Dutton

Herrera, Collins - Nastiest Pitches

Hochevar also makes an appearance, but it's odd. I'm not sure what to think, except that, if the Royals don't like him using his cutter a lot, it makes it more believable that it's one of his best pitches. I will always entertain the thought that the Royals won't get out of their own way.

Royals Uni Ranks 25th Overall, 10th in MLB

This is ranked by the guy at Uni-Watch, Paul Lukas. Personally, I think the road grays are the best.

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David Glass is not the Problem

I don't believe that David Glass is preventing the Royals from being a good team. In the past, he did prevent them from winning games. That is evidenced by the way he ran the organization from...

Opening Day Lineup, Royals Closer, etc.

  1. #Royals lineup for opener: Gordon 7, Cain 8, Hosmer 3, Butler DH, Francoeur 9, Betancourt 4, Moustakas 5, Pena 2, Escobar 6 and Chen 1.
  2. RHP Jonathan Broxton will open season as #Royals' primary closer, manager Ned Yost reveals.
  3. #Royals RHP Felipe Paulino scheduled to throw bullpen workout today in latest step in recover from sore elbow.

I sat in the scout section behind home plate, allowing the waves of Americana blasting from the...

I sat in the scout section behind home plate, allowing the waves of Americana blasting from the stadium P.A. system to crash into my eardrums, waiting to have my eyes opened by a spectacular play or a spectacular player, when from the sky a heroic figure emerged and slowly lowered his human form onto the playing field and picked up a baseball bat. It was Eric Hosmer, and his face was bronze, and his body draped with the cloth of kings, and his skin was wet with the tears of innumerable virgins. His swing was delicious, with a robust finish that was assertive and aggressive, yet tender and passionate.

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Soren Petro, et. al. make Alex Gordon predictions, discuss Cain

Gordon discussion at beginning, lasts until 21st minute. Cain discussion begins after that. If you listen to Petro, you'll notice that on one hand, he recognizes Gordon's BABIP as a regression candidate, but on the other hand, he describes Gordon as a "pretty good player" at the top of the lineup. He thinks Gordon could be a nice player to get on base and hit for gap power, then get driven in by good hitters. I may be interpreting this wrong, or Petro may have used terrible wording. You decide.

The 10 Best Things About Being a Royals Fan

Opinions? You're allowed to say "not sure."

White Sox sign Fukudome to 1 year/$1M deal

There is a club option for 2013 for $3.5M with a $500k buyout. Meanwhile, the Royals are on the hook to Jeff Francoeur for 2 years at $13.5M.

Rotation Insights from Dutton: #Royals always capable of surprise but don't see them signing or...

Rotation Insights from Dutton: #Royals always capable of surprise but don't see them signing or trading for another starting pitcher. Really want to look at in-house options at this point (Aaron Crow, Mike Montgomery, etc.) Things could change if July arrives and still in the race. Could see a rental. Montgomery will get every chance to win a spot. Paulino and Duffy enter as incumbents behind 3 locks: Sanchez, Hochevar and Chen. Crow will get a real look. Teaford in the picture. And don't forget about Mendoza, who is out of options. I think Mendoza is a real sleeper. He'll be watched closely to see if his 2011 breakthrough at Omaha (and late call-up) is the real thing. Dutton's Twitter Feed

Sources: Dayton Moore wants #Angels Jean Segura and Max Russell for Joakim Soria

More from MLBInsideNews (formerly PioDeportes): Doubt Angels meet Royals asking price, Segura #2 prospect, Russell good lefty Info on Segura: FanGraphs Top 10 Angels Prospects from 2010. Segura's BR page paints a weird picture. Moved from rookie league to AAA in 2009. Back to A in 2010, back to rookie ball in 2011, then finished year in High-A. Apparently he's had injury issues, but what was going on?

What is going on with the Fox Sports Kansas City broadcast team? People speaking vaguely on Twitter...

What is going on with the Fox Sports Kansas City broadcast team? People speaking vaguely on Twitter and no report anywhere.

Mike Fast Article on Batted Balls

DIPS theory takes a hit. It's about time. I never bought it.

Watching the game last night, I couldn't help but think that Paulino was getting squeezed a little...

Zoneplot

Watching the game last night, I couldn't help but think that Paulino was getting squeezed a little by Dana DeMuth, the home plate umpire. It appears that is the case, although that may also include Collins, Teaford, and Wood. What I notice from this is that there are some pitches by KC on the right side of the plate (umpire's POV) that were called balls that were inside the strike zone. However, there are some pitches above the strike zone from KC pitchers that were called strikes. l'll also point out that off the plate to the left, there are several pitches being called strikes, but that went for both teams. It appears Dana DeMuth did squeeze the Royals pitchers as to the right side of the plate. It also appears they were given more strikes higher in the zone... but that is because Royals pitchers were throwing more pitches in that area. What do you think?

Ralph Kiner Speaks the Truth

Not much to say about this. At least we can look at this and know that there are SOME people in the baseball industry who understand how absurd the use of closers is. Until now, I just figured it was bloggers and baseball writers.

#Royals calling up 2B Johnny Giavotella from Class AAA Omaha.

#Royals calling up 2B Johnny Giavotella from Class AAA Omaha.

http://twitter.com/#!/Royals_Report/status/99328263255621634

Beltran to Giants, Wheeler to Mets

"The Giants at the one-yard-line in their negotiations for Carlos Beltran; the deal is almost finished." "The Giants are expected to give up pitcher Zach Wheeler as the centerpiece of the Beltran trade." "Still dotting i's, crossing t's. But it will happen: Zach Wheeler to the Mets." -- All Buster Olney tweets Story from Rosenthal and Morosi

Felipe Paulino and SIERA

I was reading up on FanGraphs' new SIERA statistic, which is kind of what I've been waiting for. FIP and xFIP were nice, but they didn't take into account the pitcher's ability to induce weak contact, or the full effect of strikeouts, or the full effect of limiting walks. This statistic seems to do that and much more, especially because it has been proficient at predicting a pitcher's BABIP despite the volatility of that statistic. So I was curious. I pulled up MLB rankings sorted by SIERA. If you click the link, make sure you click the SIERA column to sort. Starting Pitchers w/ 50 IP ranked by SIERA for 2011: 1. Zack Greinke 2. Roy Halladay 3. Brandon Beachy 4. Clayton Kershaw 5. Cliff Lee 6. Justin Verlander 7. Cole Hamels 8. David Price 9. James Shields 10. Felipe Paulino Paulino ranks 12th in MLB Starters in xFIP. The next Royals starters to show up were much further down, but ended up being Danny Duffy, Jeff Francis, Kyle Davies, and Luke Hochevar. Hochevar and Davies were a virtual tie, however.

"#Royals OF Lorenzo Cain looks ready for the next step. He's got a .916 OPS & is playing great...

"#Royals OF Lorenzo Cain looks ready for the next step. He's got a .916 OPS & is playing great defense for AAA Omaha." "Cain is an example of a guy who's been handled well developmentally. He has 2,908 minor league PA. Doesn't need many more. #royals" -- Jerry Crasnick Twitter Feed

http://twitter.com/#!/jcrasnick

Ned Yost just announced that Jason Kendall has had a "re-tear" of his rotator cuff. Says he will be...

Ned Yost just announced that Jason Kendall has had a "re-tear" of his rotator cuff. Says he will be out this year and next year.

http://twitter.com/nate_bukaty

Statistics Say Royals Most Watchable Team in MLB

Meaning, they lead the majors in Team NERD, a stat made up by Fangraphs' Carson Cistulli and takes into account (among other things) team age and payroll. The lower the age/payroll, the higher the score. Supposedly, it measures the watchability of teams for "those of the sabermetric persuasion." It also gives credit for having a good bullpen, attempting to steal a lot of bases, home runs, overall hitting, and stuff like that.

6/27 Lineup - CF Melky, 2B Getz, 1B Hosmer, LF Gordon, RF Frenchy, 3B Moose, C Pena, SS Escobar, P...

6/27 Lineup - CF Melky, 2B Getz, 1B Hosmer, LF Gordon, RF Frenchy, 3B Moose, C Pena, SS Escobar, P Francis Ned has no intentions of scoring runs.

Gordon is the best LF in the AL, except for some ridiculous defensive numbers for Brett Gardner....

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Gordon is the best LF in the AL, except for some ridiculous defensive numbers for Brett Gardner. He's very good, but is he really THAT good? Larger image here: http://i52.tinypic.com/24yq0zq.jpg

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Unification and the DH

Rany and Joe Sheehan discussed this at length on their podcast. Basically, Joe and Keith Law were supportive of DHs being the rule if the leagues were to unite and have the same rules. Joe's...

Liner takes hard left turn, Longo gets HR

I can see why this was not called an error.

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Earl Weaver's thoughts on handling Escobar

I picked up an older book the other day called "Weaver on Strategy: A Guide for Armchair Managers by Baseball's Master Tactician." Aside from the introduction, it is written by Earl Weaver himself....

Mellinger's column about Billy Butler

If you are one of these people Mellinger is talking about, shame on you. Go buy a Franceour T-shirt.

I thoroughly enjoyed Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball's analysis regarding Stephen Drew getting a day off.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball's analysis regarding Stephen Drew getting a day off.

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