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Video: Aaron Judge clubs hardest-hit home run in Statcast era

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Those looking to unseat Aaron Judge from the Statcast leaderboard still have a lot of catching up to do. The rookie slugger grabbed hold of his 19th home run on Saturday, mashing an 0-1 pitch from the Orioles’ Chris Tillman an estimated 382 feet to left field in the first inning.

At 121.1 MPH, the blast was the hardest-hit home run in the Statcast era, eclipsing even Giancarlo Stanton‘s 120.3 MPH base hit in 2015. Judge now stands alone with the fourth hardest-hit balls of 2017, including a single, double and home run that all reached at least 119 MPH over the last two months.

Judge’s record-setting shot was the first of five hit by the Yankees during their 16-3 win over the Orioles on Saturday. Didi Gregorius, Starlin Castro, Matt Holliday and Gary Sanchez also added to their home run totals, with Sanchez’s eighth-inning, 115.1 MPH homer the hardest-hit one of his career to date.

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.