The rainout could mean Chris Tillman and James Shields come back for Game 4

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The rainout pushes Game 3 to Tuesday and Game 4 to Wednesday, which means we could see Game 1 starters James Shields and Chris Tillman in Game 4 on regular rest. No word from Ned Yost on that, but Buck Showalter has already said that Tillman is a possibility for the O’s on Wednesday.

Tillman would’ve originally gone again in Game 5, with Miguel Gonzalez going in Game 4, but now Showalter could flip-flop them, with the thinking being that if you have a must-win game you’d rather have your ace going. Of course, that ace gave up five runs in four and a third innings on Friday, so it’s not like he’s a sure thing. Shields, for his part, gave up four runs on ten hits in five innings. Maybe if the Royals are up 2-1 or 3-0 by Wednesday, however, it won’t be such a . . . big 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.