Plunked on the elbow last night, Derek Jeter is out of the Yankees’ lineup today

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Derek Jeter is out of the Yankees’ lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Orioles after being struck on the left elbow by a pitch last night.

X-rays taken last night came back negative, but manager Joe Girardi told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that “he’s sore … he was pretty sore last night, so I’m not sure what we’ll have.”

Jeter actually remained in the game after being plunked by Rays reliever Brad Boxberger. After today he’ll have just 16 regular season games remaining before retirement.

Brendan Ryan is starting at shortstop in Game 1.

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.