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Matt Holliday walked in all five plate appearances against the Orioles

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Yankees DH Matt Holliday accomplished something on Sunday that had only been done six times this millennium: he drew five unintentional walks in a regulation game. Jacoby Ellsbury pinch-ran for Holliday in the ninth inning after he drew his fifth walk. The Yankees went on to put up a four-spot, breaking a 3-3 tie.

The other players to draw five walks in a regulation game this millennium:

  • Steven Souza (Rays) vs. Nationals: August 15, 2015
  • Matt Joyce (Rays) vs. White Sox: April 25, 2014
  • Mike Baxter (Mets) vs. Padres: August 4, 2012
  • Ivan Rodriguez (Marlins) vs. Mets: April 8, 2003
  • Rickey Henderson (Mariners) vs. Blue Jays: July 30, 2000
  • Alex Rodriguez (Mariners) vs. Royals: April 23, 2000

Holliday was unable to score on any of his first four walks, but Ellsbury scored on his behalf in the ninth.

After Sunday’s performance, Holliday is now hitting .333/.538/.556 in six games to start the season. He inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Yankees for the 2017 season. So far, so good.

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.