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.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.