Red Sox starter Joe Kelly leaves game with apparent injury

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Red Sox starter Joe Kelly started spring waxing optimistic, but something bad happened today: he had to leave during the third inning of his spring training start in Fort Myers due to an apparent injury. It’s unclear at the moment what it was, but he immediately left the game after throwing a pitch.

The Red Sox’ projected fifth starter allowed three runs on seven hits before leaving the game. He’s pitched poorly this spring too, allowing nine earned runs on 17 hits over seven and a third innings.

Updates as they happen.

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.