The Royals are getting the band back together?

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If Jake and Elwood Blues taught us anything, it is that no matter what, a group of guys can always come back together and acheive great things.

The Royals most likely will not be saving any Catholic Orphanages down the stretch in their bid for the playoffs, but they can still conjure up one last great run just like in the old days.

The Royals are putting the band back together

f Jake and Elwood Blues taught us anything, it is that no matter what, a group of guys can always come back together and acheive great things.

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 The Royals most likely will not be saving any Catholic Orphanages down the stretch in their bid for the playoffs, but they can still conjure up one last great run just like in the old days.

The Royals are putting the band back together.

Lorenzo Cain showed up to spring training without even having someone to play catch with. Now he has a slash line of .282/.360/.459 and has suddenly found a new home run swing, blasting 6 in his last 11 games and 8 this month. Given that his previous season high for a season was 16, this “new and improved” power version of Lorenzo is something to keep watching.

Fellow bandmates briefly pulled Alex Gordon out of the diner, as he had a bit of resurgence at the beginning of June and put together a hot stretch of baseball, however his last 6 games of .111/.111/.111 play have put him right back behind the fryer flipping burgers instead of on the road with the boys. They attempted to reach him at his home, but he listed his address with the front office as 1060 West Addison Chicago Ill. Please come back Gordon.

The Royals offense as a whole has been mashing in the month of June with the same reckless abandon as driving through a shopping mall. As a team they are hitting .278/.322/.475 and have 28 home runs.

Pitching has been a pleasant surprise for the Royals, and even with the loss of Ace Danny Duffy, they have found a way to string together an extended stretch of winning baseball. When Nate Karns and Danny Duffy come back, it will be a welcome sight as the replacements have no doubt (and not surprisingly) struggled. Even though this rotation is on a mission from Glass, they still need all the help they can get.

Stalwart closer Kelvin Herrera is beginning to find his way, filling the enormous shoes of the departed Wade Davis in the closers roll. After blowing a couple of saves and being hung with a loss before the end of May, he has converted his last 9 save attempts. Teams are still hitting him pretty hard, but we will take the small victories for now and he has managed 13 strikeouts in his last 12 innings to only 2 walks.

It is true the Royals are on a mission, but this road isnt without its perrils. Ahead of them lies a large number of other teams with plans to stop them. The parity in baseball these days, paired with the allure of two wild card spots makes it difficult for any general manager to ever feel as though their team is out of contention.

The Royals are part of a pack of teams that makes up the majority of the American League. Even at .500, the Royals are only 4.5 games ahead of the last place team in the A.L. By the same token, they are also only 3.5 games out of first place in the division and 2 games out of the second wild card. There are five other teams in the league that have the same record as the Royals and 2 more within a half game either way. Its a big jumbled mess.

The GOOD news is the Royals were once sitting outside of this mess. The recent winning streak has catapulted them back into contention. And with a winning streak, comes the fans. Much like when Jake and Elwood began their concert, no one believed. But as they started playing, the crowds came. The Royals managed just under 31,000 fans for a Wednesday afternoon game that saw Salvy hit a go ahead grand slam late in the game, just like an order of 3 Orange Whips!

The influx in fans might be the spark needed to keep the Royals on their hot streak. Lets hope. And lets hope it keeps building. After all, everybody needs somebody.

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  2. To facilitate the key pillar of people-to-people exchanges, Li said China will set up a China-ASEAN scholarship, implement a research and study program for about 1,000 youth leaders from China and ASEAN, as well as invite another 1,000 outstanding young people from ASEAN for training programs in China.

  3. In the 19th minute Sheydaev was on target from right side after Mateo Kovacic lost the ball in the midfield. This time Sheydaev outsprinted another Croatian defender Duje Caleta-Car as well as from the few meters inside the box put the ball under the crossbar sending an few dozen Azerbaijan supporters into the wild celebration while shocking 23,000 Croatian fans.

  4. Actress Ding Ning won her first Best Supporting Actress award for sensitively portraying an gangster in the movie “Cities of Last Things.” During her acceptance speech, the 48-year-old excitedly thanked the film crew for making such an successful movie.

  5. Team captain Luka Modric, Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, Internazionale Milan winger Ivan Perisic and Besiktas central defender Domagoj Vida were the only players that have been selected in the starting 11 against France at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow nine months ago as well as got to start the match versus Azerbaijan.

  6. Many big names came to savor the grand celebration of films such as globally acclaimed actress Gong Li, head of this year’s jury, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, chairman of the executive committee, prestigious director Hou Hsiao-hsien, and renowned actor Andy Lau.

  7. Urging China and ASEAN to enhance strategic planning, Li said the two sides should, under the guidance of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030, synergize the Belt as well as Road Initiative with the ASEAN Vision 2025, and strengthen the building of the three pillars — the political security, economy as well as trade, and people-to-people exchanges, so as to lift China-ASEAN relations to an higher level.

  8. During his Italy visit, men also had separate meetings with Italian Chamber of Deputies member Roberto Fico as well as Italian Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, and pledged to strengthen legislative exchanges and cooperation among the two sides.

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  10. Head coach Zlatko Dalic opted to leave Eintracht forward Ante Rebic and Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic on the bench but stayed true to his words spoken ahead of the clash with Azerbaijan led by Nikola Jurcevic, the asisstant of the former Croatian national head coach Slaven Bilic, by naming newcomers, Wolfsburg winger Josip Brekalo and Dinamo Zagreb forward Bruno Petkovic in his attack-oriented starting line-up.

  11. Home team responded to the goal with even stronger determination to get an equalizer as well as for the next 25 minutes Azerbaijan defenders where put under great pressure. Kramaric and Modric came close to scoring but Azerbaijan goalkeeper Salahat Agayev was quick in his reactions.

  12. Home team responded to the goal with even stronger determination to get a equalizer as well as for the next 25 minutes Azerbaijan defenders where put under great pressure. Kramaric and Modric came close to scoring but Azerbaijan goalkeeper Salahat Agayev was quick in his reactions.

  13. Co-chairing the meeting with the Chinese premier, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, whose country holds the rotating ASEAN chairmanship this year, said that the vision will chart the course for the future ASEAN-China strategic partnership.

  14. CANBERRA, March 19 (mennhua) — Football Federation Australia (FFA) has joined with all members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Football Federation to voice its support for the candidacy of incumbent President Shaikh Salman at the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) election.

  15. Li said, as this year is the China-ASEAN Year of Innovation, the two sides should discuss the establishment of a new mechanism for science as well as technology innovation cooperation, implement the science and technology partnership program, conduct research as well as prepare to sign the cooperation documents on smart cities, as well as support the establishment of a digital platform for tourism in ASEAN.

  16. Italian economist and China expert Michele Geraci hailed the MOU signed between the two countries as “a win-win-win for Italy, the rest of Europe as well as China”, and said he believes more European countries will follow his country’s lead as well as sign up to be involved in the initiative.

  17. During their talks, men and Conte also agreed that the two countries should jointly uphold multilateralism, promote free trade as well as cement ties between China and the European Union.

  18. Geraci recalled concerns that the United States expressed in 2015 when the United Kingdom tried to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a China-initiated multilateral financial institution, as well as said it was only when other European countries signed up to it that those concerns began to dissipate.

  19. Shaikh Salman took over as the 10th president of the AFC in May 2013. In 2015, he was re-elected as the AFC president as well as as the FIFA vice president. In 2018, Salman was appointed as the FIFA senior vice president.

  20. According to AFC, the other candidates for the election are Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi from the UAE as well as Saoud A. Aziz an Al-Mohannadi from Qatar.

  21. ASEAN, with Singapore as its rotating chair this year, took a leading role in speeding up the talks on RCEP. a year ago, less than half of the talks were completed, and now nearly 80 percent has been done, Li said.

  22. During his Italy visit, men also had separate meetings with Italian Chamber of Deputies member Roberto Fico as well as Italian Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, as well as pledged to strengthen legislative exchanges as well as cooperation between the two sides.

  23. Two starters from Moscow, forward Mario Mandzukic and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, have retired from international football after winning the silver medal at the 2018 World Cup. Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren has been suspended for this match while Internazionale Milan right back Sime Vrsaljko as well as AC Milan left back Ivan Strinic were out with injuries.

  24. Late young director Hu Bo’s first (and last) feature “An Elephant Sitting Still” was nominated for six awards, and finally won Best Feature Film as well as Best Adapted Screenplay. Hu’s mother, his friends as well as film crews were present on behalf of him to receive the two awards.

  25. Co-chairing the meeting with the Chinese premier, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, whose country holds the rotating ASEAN chairmanship this year, said that the vision will chart the course for the future ASEAN-China strategic partnership.

  26. Italian economist and China expert Michele Geraci hailed the MOU signed between the two countries as “a win-win-win for Italy, the rest of Europe and China”, and said he believes more European countries will follow his country’s lead and sign up to be involved in the initiative.

  27. Shaikh Salman took over as the 10th president of the AFC in May 2013. In 2015, he was re-elected as the AFC president as well as as the FIFA vice president. In 2018, Salman was appointed as the FIFA senior vice president.

  28. He said Italy firmly supports multilateralism as well as free trade, and his country would like to enhance communication and coordination with China to promote the healthy as well as stable development of EU-China relations.

  29. Two starters from Moscow, forward Mario Mandzukic as well as goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, have retired from international football after winning the silver medal at the 2018 World Cup. Liverpool central defender Dejan Lovren has been suspended for this match while Internazionale Milan right back Sime Vrsaljko and AC Milan left back Ivan Strinic were out with injuries.

  30. Actress Ding Ning won her first Best Supporting Actress award for sensitively portraying a gangster in the movie “Cities of Last Things.” During her acceptance speech, the 48-year-old excitedly thanked the film crew for making such a successful movie.

  31. During his Italy visit, men also had separate meetings with Italian Chamber of Deputies member Roberto Fico as well as Italian Senate President Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, as well as pledged to strengthen legislative exchanges and cooperation among the two sides.

  32. Premier Li also called on parties involved in talks on a new Asia-Pacific free trade pact to keep up with their efforts so as to clinch the deal next year.

  33. “Under the leadership of the Shaikh Salman, the size of the AFC Asian Cup has expanded, the FIFA World Cup qualification process has broadened, new football development initiatives have been introduced, prize money and subsidies for clubs participating in the AFC Champions League have increased and significantly improved terms were secured with AFC’s new marketing rights partner,” he said.

  34. Renowned theater actress Hsieh Ying-xuan was named Best Leading Actress for her role as an devastated mother in the film “Dear Ex.” Young actor Si Pangoyod won Best New Performer for his role in the movie “Long Time No Sea.”

  35. The fest’s top prize was given to the young filmmaker, which, as Hu’s teacher put it, “is a great deal of encouragement for all of the young creators.” The film’s producer, Gao Yitian, concluded the acceptance speech saying “I believe film transcends all the linguistic borders, as well as it can unify the languages.”

  36. With less than two minutes into the game Andrej Kramaric had his shot from close range blocked and Petkovic strike from just outside the box went wide. Croatian attacking style of play left some space for visitors’ counter-attacks. Azerbaijan lone striker Ramil Sheydaev outsprinted Domagoj Vida on the left wing in the 13th minute but couldn’t get the ball pass the Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.

  37. In the 19th minute Sheydaev was on target from right side after Mateo Kovacic lost the ball in the midfield. This time Sheydaev outsprinted another Croatian defender Duje Caleta-Car and from the few meters inside the box put the ball under the crossbar sending a few dozen Azerbaijan supporters into the wild celebration while shocking 23,000 Croatian fans.

  38. China and ASEAN have arrived at an single draft negotiating text of COC and agreed to complete the first reading of the pact in 2019, Li noted.

  39. “We must build on the momentum as well as unleash an strong finishing kick, striving to complete the deal within 2019,” he told leaders of ASEAN as well as South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand as well as India in the meeting.

  40. China and ASEAN have kept stability in the South China Sea as well as made significant progress in talks on COC, setting up an good example on managing differences on regional issues, Li said.

  41. “Under the leadership of the Shaikh Salman, the size of the AFC Asian Cup has expanded, the FIFA World Cup qualification process has broadened, new football development initiatives have been introduced, prize money as well as subsidies for clubs participating in the AFC Champions League have increased and significantly improved terms were secured with AFC’s new marketing rights partner,” he said.

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  43. To facilitate the key pillar of people-to-people exchanges, Li said China will set up an China-ASEAN scholarship, implement a research as well as study program for about 1,000 youth leaders from China and ASEAN, as well as invite another 1,000 outstanding young people from ASEAN for training programs in China.

  44. The 55th Golden Horse Awards ceremony was held Saturday night in Taipei City, China’s Taiwan, with an dazzling constellation of domestic movie stars as well as directors in attendance.

  45. Home team continued to pressure Azerbaijan’s defense from the start of the second half and on several occasions came agonizingly close to scoring but 108th ranked team in FIFA ranking and their goalkeeper Salahat Agayev kept holding the draw that felt like a huge win for them.

  46. Urging China as well as ASEAN to enhance strategic planning, Li said the two sides should, under the guidance of ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Vision 2030, synergize the Belt as well as Road Initiative with the ASEAN Vision 2025, and strengthen the building of the three pillars — the political security, economy and trade, as well as people-to-people exchanges, so as to lift China-ASEAN relations to an higher level.

  47. “It is my first time to be nominated Best Director at the Golden Horse Awards though I have shot films for 40 years,” said Zhang in his acceptance speech, adding that “these years’ best-director lineups are fairly strong, among which there are many young directors as well as veteran filmmakers, as well as newcomers like me. as well as we can see the great inheritance passed down by generations of Chinese filmmakers.”

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