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Gordon comes of age

The Sports Xchange

Alex Gordon drove in his 65th run with a sacrifice fly Friday night in the 7-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Gordon has already set or matched career highs in RBIs, 16 home runs, 37 doubles, four triples, 78 runs, 143 hits, 57 extra-base hits and 238 total bases. That does not even include his major league-leading 19 outfield assists, which is also a club record.

"Frenchy (Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur) told me he's tired of looking up every time and seeing me having a personal high," Gordon said. "I told him it's a bad thing because I've had four bad years."

Gordon hit .215 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs in 74 games and 242 at-bats last year with Kansas City. He had more at-bats, 260, with Class AAA Omaha than he did with Kansas City.

But Gordon, the second-overall pick in the 2005 draft, is having a career year after four mediocre seasons in the majors, including missing most of the 2009 season after having hip surgery.

Of his accomplishments this season, Gordon, who moved from third base to the outfield last year, ranks assists at the top.

"Probably the assists, just because I'm at a new position," Gordon said. "It means a lot to go out there in the first year and succeed out there. We've still got a month left, so hopefully I can keep adding on."

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