Video: Miguel Sano announces return with monster homer

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Twins prospect Miguel Sano was on the verge of the majors last spring when elbow problems led to Tommy John surgery that knocked him out for the entire season at age 21, but now he’s back and announced his return with a mammoth home run off Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole:

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Sano was a consensus top-10 prospect before elbow surgery and hit .280 with 35 homers and a .992 OPS in 123 games between Single-A and Double-A in 2013. He’ll begin this season in the minors, but there’s a good chance he’s in Minnesota to stay in the second half.

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.