Carl Crawford blasts a three-run home run to put the Dodgers on top 4-2 in the second

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Braves starter Julio Teheran found himself in hot water in the bottom of the second inning, giving up back-to-back singles to Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe. After striking out Skip Schumaker, A.J. Ellis walked to load the bases for pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Puig. With runners on the corners and two outs, Carl Crawford worked the count to 2-2 against Teheran before turning on an 84 MPH slider, sending it well beyond the fence in right field for a three-run home run, putting the Dodgers up 4-2.

After striking out Mark Ellis to end the inning, Teheran was visibly upset at himself, yelling forcefully into his glove while walking off the mound. He needed 30 pitches to get through the bottom of the second and now finds himself at 46 total. It could be a bullpen night for the Braves if Teheran can’t straight himself out quickly.

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.