Video: Byron Buxton scores Twins’ winning run in his major league debut

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Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton didn’t get a hit in his major league debut on Sunday, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, but still managed to make an impact. He scored the Twins’ go-ahead and eventual game-winning run from first base in the top of the ninth inning against the Rangers.

Eduardo Escobar had led off the top of the inning with a double, but was caught between second and third base when Buxton tapped a grounder back to reliever Shawn Tolleson. Brian Dozier popped up in the infield for the second out, leaving Buxton on first base. Eddie Rosario then ripped a 2-0 off-speed pitch from Tolleson into the gap in right-center. Buxton read it perfectly and scored easily from first base to put the Twins up 4-3, the score by which they would go on to win.

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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.