Report: Sergio Romo and Giants coach Shawon Dunston were involved in a shouting match

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Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that reliever Sergio Romo and Giants coach Shawon Dunston “exchanged heated words with raised voices” just prior to batting practice today.

The exact nature of the conflict isn’t known, but it caused manager Bruce Bochy “to emerge from his office to intervene.” Order was eventually restored and Romo, who was demoted from the closer role earlier this season, is available to pitch tonight against the Dodgers.

This type of thing surely happens more than we know and it’s unlikely to have any impact on the game on the field, but it’s understandable if tensions were running a little high right now. The Giants have lost six out of their last eight games, which means they’ll need a miracle to chase down the Dodgers in the National League West. The Pirates hold the tiebreaker over the Giants to host the Wild Card game.

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.