Brandon Crawford hits grand slam, Giants lead Pirates in National League Wild Card Game

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The Giants are out to a 4-0 lead in the National League Wild Card Game at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park courtesy of a fourth-inning grand slam by shortstop Brandon Crawford. It was a belt-high offspeed pitch from Edinson Volquez that Crawford drove deep to right. There have been 54 postseason grand slams, but Crawford’s was the first ever from a shortstop.

And that might be all the run support that Madison Bumgarner needs. He has allowed one hit through four.

Check out the scene at Finnerty’s, a popular Giants bar in New York City …

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.