Kansas City Royals: The Royals bit the bullet yesterday on a $1.5 million contract and released Albie Lopez after a disastrous outing against the Twins. And by "after" I mean immediately after. It would have been even more dramatic if they had released him while he was still on the mound. The clubhouse attendant could have brought out his civilian clothes and bag and handed it to him right there in the fourth inning, leaving him to trudge out a service exit. David Boyce of the Kansas City Star reports that Ryan Bukvich is the likely candidate to replace him on the roster.
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