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Stadium: Kauffman Stadium | Manager: Ned Yost
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Gordon settling into leadoff role

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Gordon settling into leadoff role · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes

Alex Gordon began the Royals' 5-3 loss at Baltimore on Tuesday like a true leadoff hitter, with a bunt single. He wound up scoring on Jeff Francoeur's single.

In the third inning, Gordon looked more like a power hitter than a leadoff man, hitting a home run. The blast to right gave him homers in back-to-back games.

Gordon was batting leadoff for the sixth consecutive game. He had never batted leadoff before this six-game string. He is 7-for-25 (.280) with a .357 on-base percentage while batting first.

He has put together back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time since moving to first in the batting order.

"It's the best option we have right now," manager Ned Yost said of batting Gordon at the top of the order. "He's been getting on base. It's not an ideal situation. I liked him in the three spot, and I can see him in the two spot. But I don't want to bump a bunch of lefties together."

Gordon was the Royals' primary No. 3 hitter before Yost juggled the lineup last week. Rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer is Yost's new No. 3 hitter.

The Royals are 2-4 with Gordon leading off.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGNorichika Aoki , RF.285
HRAlex Gordon , LF19
RBIAlex Gordon , LF74
OBPAlex Gordon , LF.351
SLGAlex Gordon , LF.432
RAlex Gordon , LF87
SBJarrod Dyson , CF36
WJames Shields , SP14
ERAYordano Ventura , SP3.20
WHIPJames Shields , SP1.18
KJames Shields , SP180
SVGreg Holland , RP46
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