Alex Gordon unsure about his 2016 player option

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is coming off of a season in which he won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove, was named to the American League All-Star team for the second year in a row, and helped the Royals reach the World Series, breaking a playoff drought that extended all the way back to 1985 in the process. It was a pretty good year for the 31-year-old.

Gordon could cash in on his 2014 success if he so chooses — he has a player option worth $12.5 million for the 2016 season. If he declines it, he’ll head into free agency, where he would certainly attract plenty of suitors for a four- or five-year deal. Gordon isn’t sure whether he’ll choose his option or become a free agent, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Gordon, though, enjoys being a Royal and playing in Kansas City.

“I want to stay here,” Gordon said. “Absolutely. It’s close to home. Kansas City almost feels like my hometown. We love the city. We love everybody in this organization. And obviously it’s in a good place right now. It’s come a long way. And I want to be a part of the success that I think we’re still going to have.”

The Royals drafted Gordon with their second overall pick in the 2005 draft. According to Baseball Reference, Gordon is one of only five players to put up at least three seasons worth at least six wins above replacement or better in the last four seasons. The other players: Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Robinson Cano, and Miguel Cabrera.

Yankees, Astros lineups for ALCS Game 6

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Things haven’t gone quite according to plan for the Astros, who missed the opportunity to clinch the American League Championship Series after losing 4-1 to the Yankees in Game 5 on Friday. Still just one win away from a World Series invitation, they’ll try their luck again on Saturday night.

Neither lineup has been significantly altered for Game 6. The Yankees will try to push the series to a final Game 7 with right-hander Chad Green, backed by this configuration:

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 1B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Gleyber Torres (R) 2B
4. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
5. Edwin Encarnación (R) DH
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
7. Gary Sánchez (R) C
8. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF

The Astros, meanwhile, will send Brad Peacock to the mound in what figures to be a bullpen game for both sides, marking the righty’s first official postseason start since the 2017 ALDS. Martín Maldonado is back in the lineup, as is Josh Reddick, while both Robinson Chirinos and Jack Marisnick will be available off the bench.

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. José Altuve (R) 2B
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
6. Carlos Correa (R) SS
7. Yordan Álvarez (L) DH
8. Martín Maldonado (R) C
9. Josh Reddick (L) RF

Starting tonight, the ALCS returns to Houston for Game 6 and a potential Game 7. Game time is set for 8:08 PM EDT.