Adrian Gonzalez to hit cleanup in Dodgers debut tonight

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Matt Kemp was nice enough to pass along the lineup card for tonight’s game between the Marlins and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The newly-acquired Adrian Gonzalez is indeed in the starting lineup and will bat cleanup against right-hander Josh Johnson.

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And to think, just two months ago the Dodgers were using Juan Rivera in the cleanup spot on a semi-regular basis.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.