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An X-ray showed that Alex Rios suffered a fractured left hand when he was hit by a pitch Monday, which means the Royals need a new right fielder. The plan is for Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando to share the position, with the left-handed hitting Dyson slated to see the majority of the starts. Dyson is a one-trick pony, but it’s a good trick. The speedy outfielder arguably runs more than anyone in the majors when considering how much he’s played, as he’s averaged 33 stolen bases over the last three seasons despite receiving an average of just 286 plate appearances over that span. Rios is expected to be out at least a month, and Dyson should pile up steals by the truckload in the meantime.