David Price on phone use during games: “I check my Instagram. I check my Twitter. I just don’t tweet, don’t like stuff.”

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Tigers starter David Price admitted to committing the same crime for which Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was benched on Thursday, but said he does it smarter. “I check my Instagram. I check my Twitter. I just don’t tweet, don’t like stuff,” Price told TMZ Sports.

Price added, “Anything that’s going to show that you’re on your phone during games you want to try and stay away from.” He admitted to preferring not to read magazines in the bathroom, explaining, “The magazines are in the bathroom next to the toilet. If I’m sitting there using the restroom and other people are sitting there using the restroom and they’re touching these magazine, I don’t want to touch those magazines. It’s disgusting.”

The man has a point.

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.