Gordon will bat leadoff and start in left field in Sunday's season finale against the Tigers. The veteran left fielder announced earlier in the week he'll be retiring after Sunday's contest, so he'll receive another chance to hit leadoff in the final game of his career. Gordon enters the season finale with a .210/.301/.309 slash line with four homers in 49 games in 2020.
Gordon is officially retiring, effective Sunday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The 36-year-old outfielder had quite a career, spending all 14 seasons in Kansas City while compiling 32.2 fWAR. He was an above-league-average hitter for his career (102 wRC+) and hit .257 with 190 home runs and 113 stolen bases. It's unclear if Gordon will play again down the stretch, but Franchy Cordero is an option to replace Gordon as a lefty hitting outfielder over the final four days of the season.
Gordon is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cardinals. Gordon has only started against two lefties all season, and he will predictably head to the bench with southpaw Austin Gomber starting for St. Louis. Edward Olivares will start in left field and bat seventh.
Gordon is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers. For the second straight day, the Tigers will roll out a lefty starting pitcher (Tarik Skubal), so the lefty-hitting Gordon will take a seat once again. Edward Olivares will spell Gordon in left field.
Gordon isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers. With left-hander Matthew Boyd starting for the Tigers, Gordon will get a day off Tuesday. Edward Olivares will shift to left field with Bubba Starling starting in center field.