Columns & Blogs

Alex Gordon bats cleanup as Royals look for Texas sweep

The Royals’ Alex Gordon (4) celebrated his solo home run with teammate Billy Butler during the first inning of Saturday’s baseball game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Butler and Gordon switched places in Sunday’s batting order, with Gordon slotted in at cleanup
The Royals’ Alex Gordon (4) celebrated his solo home run with teammate Billy Butler during the first inning of Saturday’s baseball game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Butler and Gordon switched places in Sunday’s batting order, with Gordon slotted in at cleanup AP

Greetings from Globe Life Park, the site of the final game of this 10-day Royals trip. The team has a temporary new cleanup hitter, with Alex Gordon flipping spots with Billy Butler in the lineup. Salvador Perez is also back in action. Here are the lineups as Jason Vargas (10-5, 3.17 ERA) faces Scott Baker (1-3, 5.75 ERA):

ROYALS (72-56)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Salvador Perez, C.

4. Alex Gordon, LF.

5. Billy Butler, 1B.

6. Raul Ibanez, DH.

7. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

8. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

9. Alcides Escobar, SS.

RANGERS (49-78)

1. Dan Robertson, LF.

2. Elvis Andrus, SS.

3. Alex Rios, RF.

4. Adrian Beltre, DH.

5. J.P. Arencibia, 1B.

6. Geovany Soto, C.

7. Leonys Martin, CF.

8. Adam Rosales, 3B.

9. Roughned Odor, 2B. FROM THE STAR

The Royals just keep rolling: Six victories in eight games on this trip.

Alex Gordon says he plans on picking up his player option for 2016. That would delay his free agency and make life a lot easier for the Royals. It also probably won’t happen.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

81.5 percent.

THE LEAD ON DETROIT IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Three games.

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

"Slow Pony Home" by The Weepies.

To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

  Comments