Jun 26, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) follows through on a swing for a double during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Around the Kingdom: Mike Trout, Alex Rios, Joel Embiid, and Marcus Cooper

The Royals reversed their 1-6 slide with an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels Friday night, despite a mammoth 498-ft home run by All-World outfielder Mike Trout. Kansas City’s Omar Infante countered with his 1st career grand slam in the 3rd inning to spearhead the win.

It was good to see some offense from Kansas City, especially the big knock by the struggling Infante.

Many basketball fans were surprised to see injured former Jayhawk center Joel Embiid go at no. 3 overall in Thursday’s NBA draft, including Embiid himself. He will have an interesting time winning over the tough Philadelphia fans, who are sure to let him hear it very quickly if he doesn’t produce early in his career.

Meanwhile, the offseason dead zone continues for the Kansas City Chiefs until training camp begins in mid-July.

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Frazier, who displayed some power potential over his first two seasons, is in the midst of what could be an All-Star season. As of this point, Frazier has produced a .280/.348/.516 batting line with 17 home runs, which is just two away from his career high over a full season.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS

  • KUSports.com – Joel Embiid expresses surprise at being the no.3 overall pick:

“I thought with the latest injury I was going to drop to maybe top 15, maybe second round,” added Embiid, who had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot the week before the draft. “People were talking everywhere, on social media. I bought into that.

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So, for me the question is: Is there any way for a mainstream team followed by the majority culture to celebrate a type of minority figure or hero without being mocking, stereotyping or worse? I’d like to think so.

MISSOURI TIGERS

  • Truman’s Tales – BBrown reviews Mizzou’s offensive depth chart, and projects breakout players for the 2014 season:

Most people would say that [Maty] Mauk already broke out last year with his tremendous performances filling in at the end of the season for James Franklin. I think he’s just getting started. I’m not saying he’s going to go into Johnny Football territory just yet, but he’s the real deal.

There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom.

Tags: Joel Embiid Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Royals Kansas Jayhawks Marcus Cooper Mike Trout Missouri Tigers Todd Frazier

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