Corey Seager starting at shortstop and batting eighth in MLB debut Thursday

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The Dodgers called up top prospect Corey Seager today and manager Don Mattingly isn’t wasting any time getting him into the starting lineup…

Jimmy Rollins has started 18 consecutive games, so it’s a good time to give him a rest. The 21-year-old Seager figures to mostly serve as a backup infielder down the stretch, but he could also make starts in place of Justin Turner at third base.

The top prospect on Baseball America’s midseason list, Seager batted .292/.343/.486 with 18 home runs and 74 RBI over 124 games this season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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.