The AL Central, too, remains undecided going into the final day

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The Tigers entered Saturday up one game on the Royals in the AL Central, meaning they could clinch the division with a win over the lowly Twins. Instead, the Tigers were hammered 12-3. Kyle Lobstein threw 4 2/3 ineffective innings and the offense — aside from Nick Castellanos, who knocked in all three runs — wasn’t able to generate much.

With the Tigers losing, the Royals could have pulled themselves into an 89-72 tie with a win against the White Sox, but they lost 5-3. Josh Phegley hit two solo home runs and Jose Abreu belted a two-run shot, his 36th of the season, to account for most of the offense from the White Sox. Meanwhile, John Danks threw seven very effective innings, limiting the Royals to two runs. The Royals scored once in the eighth and again in the ninth, but were unable to push across the tying run.

So, either a Tigers win or a Royals loss tomorrow would clinch the division for the club from Detroit. Alternatively, a Tigers loss and a Royals win would create an 89-73 tie at the top of the AL Central, forcing a Game 163 tie-breaker on Monday. Here’s what’s going on Sunday afternoon:

  • Twins @ Tigers, 1:08 PM ET (Kyle Gibson vs. David Price)
  • Royals @ White Sox, 2:10 PM ET (Yordano Ventura vs. Chris Bassitt)

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.