Much ado about nothing? Royals deflect “payback” report

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Earlier today, Craig discussed a report from Newsday’s Marc Carig, who heard “the Royals have been quietly signaling their intent to seek retribution against the Mets on Opening Night.”

Why? Noah Syndergaard threw a pitch up and in to Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar during Game 3 of the World Series last year.

After word got around to the Royals, manager Ned Yost, pitcher Dillon Gee (a former Met), and Edinson Volquez quickly deflected the rumor. Via Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star and’s Jeffrey Flanagan:

Much ado about nothing? We’ll see. The two clubs open the season against each other in Kansas City on April 4.