Red Sox watch Pablo Sandoval, Blake Swihart leave with injuries on Saturday

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Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval and catcher Blake Swihart both hit the showers early due to injuries during Saturday’s contest against the Royals. Swihart reached on an infield single to lead off the fifth inning. He stayed in to run the bases but was visibly limping. He was finally taken out when the Red Sox took the field in the bottom of the sixth. Sandoval suffered a sprained left ankle while making an errant throw to first base in the fifth inning on a Lorenzo Cain ground ball.

To literally add insult to injury, Rick Porcello’s struggles continued as he allowed six runs in five innings of work, bringing his ERA to 5.61. Things aren’t going very well in Beantown right now.

If Sandoval needs to miss any time, he’ll at least be able to browse Instagram.

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.