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Royals’ bullpen works to compensate for struggling starters

Even with Greg Holland coming back and Luke Hochevar’s return increasingly imminent, a variable is surfacing that could either sabotage the enterprise or render it a lot less relevant. The rotation officially can be called wobbly after Danny Duffy got clobbered and KO’d without registering an out in the second inning on Wednesday in a 10-3 loss to Cleveland that illustrated some of the consequences of an overextended bullpen.


Danny Duffy stumbles, Royals can’t recover in 10-3 loss to Indians

Wednesday night against Kansas City starter Danny Duffy, the Cleveland Indians took extended, drawn-out at-bats laden with foul balls and wayward pitches. It was torture on the mind and on Duffy’s ERA. Duffy faced 10 batters. Six collected hits. He plunked two more with pitches. Cleveland dented him for four runs and coasted for the next seven innings en route to a 10-3 win over the Royals.

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Benchmarking offers new strategy for teaching reading

The Grandview and Center school districts in south Kansas City hope to take the benchmarking technique that has been a success in teaching math and apply it to the nation’s longstanding struggle to get all children reading at grade level by the third grade.

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How Mike Moustakas almost killed me

There are a million unwritten rules in baseball. (OK, I actually don’t know how many unwritten rules there are because they’re unwritten — but a million sounded good, didn’t it?) Here are a couple of those rules and how I almost got smoked by a bad throw.


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