February 12, 2014 11:35 AM

Royals hope Alex Gordon can give them a power boost in the fifth spot

The acquisition of Norichika Aoki was intended to have a twofold impact on the Royals’ lineup. Aoki would give the Royals their first true leadoff hitter since probably Johnny Damon, who left the team after the 2000 season. Additionally, Alex Gordon would drop to the middle of the order, where he could add some much needed pop.

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