Video: Kyle Schwarber’s first MLB hit was an RBI triple

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This probably could have been charged as an error on Indians first baseman Carlos Santana, but let’s give it up for the kid: Kyle Schwarber’s first major league hit will go down forever as an RBI triple …

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Schwarber, one of the top catching prospects in the minor leagues, will be up in the bigs for the next week to serve as the Cubs’ designated hitter for a six-game stretch in American League parks. The 22-year-old was batting .320/.438/.579 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI through 58 games this season at Double-A Tennessee.

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.