Adrian Beltre hates having his head touched, but made the mistake of hitting a walk-off homer

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Derek Jeter wasn’t the only Hall of Fame-caliber player to deliver a walk-off hit last night.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went opposite field for a walk-off homer against the A’s. And my favorite part is that Beltre absolutely hates having anyone touch his head–as documented many times over the years–but was basically forced into letting the entire team touch his head as he crossed home plate.

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It’s funny to watch as Beltre comes to the realization his head is going to be touched as he rounds third base.

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.