Talk about earning dividends quickly - the same day Alex Gordon signed a major deal with the Kansas City Royals, he helped KC to a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox with a home run and a single. The homer was Gordon's fourth of Spring Training, and his average is a healthy .410.
Manager Ned Yost actually cited the contract as one of the reasons for Gordon's day at the plate (courtesy of the Royals official site):
"It's a weight lifted off his shoulders, he's been thinking about this the last couple of days knowing that it was getting close," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Gordon's new contract. "When it finally got done, it was a relief. You can finally play your game now. ... But I got him out [of the game] quick."
Left hander Danny Duffy, Kansas City's No. 5 starter in the rotation, will take the hill Saturday at 3:05 p.m. CT for the Royals' last home game of the Cactus League season against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Relievers Jose Mijares and Jonathan Broxton are scheduled to pitch as well.
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