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Royals take 2-0 lead in the third inning of ALCS Game 1


Update (9:32 PM EDT): Salvador Perez tacked on in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run off of Estrada. It’s his third home run this post-season.


The Royals used a pair of doubles to break a scoreless tie against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada in the third inning of ALCS game 1. Alex Gordon led off the inning with a line drive double to right field. After Alex Rios struck out, Alcides Escobar brought Gordon home with a double of his own to right field. Cain brought Escobar in with a two-out single to right field to make it 2-0.

Cain has a 10-game playoff hitting streak. He was last held hitless in Game 3 of last year’s World Series against the Giants. Escobar, who is 2-for-2 thus far on Friday night, is on a five-game playoff hitting streak.

Royals starter Edinson Volquez has held the Blue Jays hitless with two walks and a strikeout over three innings. He is looking to complete the sixth inning of a post-season game for the first time in his career.

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.