Mookie Betts is having a great day so far. The Nationals: not so much

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It’s only the end of the fourth in Fenway Park where the Nationals are facing the Red Sox in the latter’s home opener. But it’s already out of hand, with the Sox up 8-0.

A big part of that lead is that Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals’ defense have been horrible. Like, cover your eyes bad, with Zimmermann hitting guys and struggling with command and the Nationals outfielders literally watching balls fall onto the grass right next to them.

But another big part of that is Red Sox’ center fielder Mookie Betts. All he has done is hit a three-run homer and knock in another run on an infield single. Oh, and he robbed Bryce Harper of a homer too. Watch:

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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.