Settling the Score: Monday’s results

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Royals 4, Tigers 0

Johnny Cueto made his Royals home debut Monday night and threw a complete-game, four-hit shutout against the Tigers in front of 36,000 fans at Kauffman Stadium. Cueto struck out eight, walked zero, and threw 86 of 116 pitches for strikes to extend the Royals’ winning streak to four games.

Oh, and then there’s this from the Associated Press recap:

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto’s delivery was illegal, saying Cueto was stopping in his windup.

“Really, the way the rule reads, you’re not supposed to even alter your motion,” Ausmus said. “That’s the way the rule reads. They don’t enforce it. Well, he said if he stops it’s an illegal pitch.”

It’s called The Cueto Wiggle and we’re all familiar with it, Brad.

Kansas City now has a 12-game lead in the AL Central and a 13.5-game lead over third-place Detroit.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Monday …

White Sox 8, Angels 2

Orioles 3, Mariners 2

Mets 4, Rockies 2

Diamondbacks 13, Phillies 3

Nationals 8, Dodgers 3

Padres 2, Reds 1

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.