Chris Sale dominates the Orioles

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The White Sox and Orioles are playing a doubleheader today to make up for the games canceled last month due to the civil unrest in Baltimore. Game one was the Chris Sale show.

Sale pitched seven and two-thirds shutout innings, striking out 12 and allowing only four hits and no walks. It took him 120 pitches to get that far, but the O’s didn’t manage to touch him.

In support the Sox got two in the sixth thanks to a pair of doubles from Melky Cabrera and Adam Laroche. An insurance run was added in the ninth via a Tyler Flowers fielder’s choice.

Things got dicey for Chicago in the ninth as Chris Davis hit a two-run homer off of Zack Duke who had come in to close it out for Sale with two outs in the eighth. While that made it a ballgame it wasn’t enough as Jacob Petricka came in to get the final out to preserve the 3-2 White Sox win.

But today was all about Sale. Who, despite getting tattooed in a couple of late-April, early-May starts, has settled down nicely and is giving Chicago the ace-like performance they have come to expect.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
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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.