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Charlie Blackmon has the most single-season RBI by a leadoff hitter

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Two days after notching his 100th RBI of the year, Rockies’ slugger Charlie Blackmon did it again. This time, his two-run shot off of the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu cemented his spot in the history books, lifting him to 102 RBI for the most single-season RBI by any major-league leadoff hitter.

Blackmon came through for the club in the second inning, tagging a 3-2 changeup from Ryu and postmarking it an estimated 454 feet into the second deck of the right field bleachers in Coors Field:

Technically, the 31-year-old centerfielder only needed 101 RBI to eclipse the standing record, which was established by Darin Erstad with the 2000 Angels.

The blast capped a five-run lead for the Rockies, building on a pair of first-inning homers by Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds. Justin Turner put an end to the shutout with an RBI single in the third, but the Dodgers still trail the Rockies 7-1 in the fifth after Trevor Story clubbed a two-RBI home run of his own. The Rockies will need a win — and a Brewers’ loss — to clinch a wild card berth.

Postseason or no postseason, it’s been a career year for Blackmon. He entered Friday with a .328/.598/.995 batting line, including 36 home runs and a career-best 208 hits and 14 triples.

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.