Gordon singled in the first, fifth and ninth innings and walked in the third. He crossed the plate after each of those visits to the basepaths. Not bad considering he'd scored just twice in his previous 10 games combined.
"It wasn't really planned," manager Don Mattingly said of the day off, per MLB.com. "I was kind of trying to wait for a lefty. Different coaches were coming to me like, 'It looks like Dee needs a day.' Just, I think, leg-wise and things like that.
"I think Dee's at the point where he wants to play every day, and he's kind of probably a little bit nervous about saying he needs a day. We understand that. I think that's where coaches are important, the guys who are dealing with him every day, seeing him every day, maybe he has a little more confidence in saying that one little word that tells you, 'Yeah, I need a day.' We'll be careful with him. We'll see where is. He's pretty young. I think he'll keep up the pace."
Gordon went 3 for 5 with two runs scored from the top of the lineup. He added a triple and an RBI, along with a stolen base in the win.
Gordon is hitting the ball well since the All-Star break, raising his season average from .292 to .298 in that span. He is hitting .367 with four multi-hit games in his last seven.
If Gordon can remain healthy and in the lineup while keeping up his pace, he's on track to become the first players in the majors since 2009 to reach 70 steals. The last National League player to get to 70 stolen bases was Jose Reyes in 2007, when he racked up 78 steals, which was the highest steals count since Marquis Grissom managed the same in 1992. If Gordon can increase his pace slightly, he could become the first player since 1988 to steal 80 bases in a season.
On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the National League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The following players were selected as reserves:
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|8/21/2014 vs San Diego|
|vs San Diego||43||9||0||.292||.279||.209|
|vs Ross (Career)||7||2||0||.286||.444||.286|
|Last 7 Games|
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