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Video: Carlos Gonzalez swats 14th homer in last 27 games

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Carlos Gonzalez jumped on a Max Scherzer hanger in the top of the first inning Sunday in D.C. …

That’s the 14th homer for CarGo in his last 27 games. He’s the hottest hitter on the planet right now.

Alex Gordon takes live batting practice for the first time since suffering groin injury in early July

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Royals left fielder Alex Gordon made a significant stride Saturday in his recovery from a Grade 2 left groin strain, taking live batting practice on the field at Kauffman Stadium. It was his first live BP session since he landed on the disabled list on July 8.

“I still have a while,” Gordon told the Kansas City Star when asked about a timetable for his return to the Royals’ active roster. “There’s still a lot of things that I have to accomplish before I go out there. And with the team having the big lead like we have in the [AL Central standings], there’s no reason to rush it.”

Jarrod Dyson and trade deadline acquisition Ben Zobrist have been handling left field in Gordon’s absence.

Kansas City has the biggest division lead of any team at 10 1/2 games.

Denard Span on whether he will be able to play again this season: “I really don’t know”

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Nationals center fielder and leadoff man Denard Span has appeared in only 59 of a possible 109 games this season and he’s been on the disabled list since early July with a lingering back injury.

Span experienced another setback last week when he tried to shag balls and take batting practice, and now he’s acknowledging that there is no timetable whatsoever for his return to the active roster.

“I really don’t know,” Span told Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post on Saturday when asked whether he’s done for the year. “I don’t know. On the days that I don’t feel good, I second guess that. But on the days like today that I feel good, I do have hope that I will be able to return before the season’s over with.”

Span led the major leagues in hits last year and has produced a strong .304/.367/.430 batting line this season when healthy. Washington is 35-24 when the 31-year-old is in the lineup and 22-28 when he is not.