Troy Tulowitzki replaces Dee Gordon on the NL All-Star team

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Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon suffered a dislocated left thumb sliding into first base on Saturday against the Reds, which will both put him on the disabled list and keep him out of the upcoming All-Star Game in Cincinnati. As a result, Troy Tulowizki has been called on to replace Gordon for the NL All-Star squad, MLB announced on Twitter.

Tulowitzki, 30, entered play Saturday hitting .318/.355/.479 with nine home runs and 46 RBI in 307 plate appearances.

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.