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Yankees, Tigers will play doubleheader on Sunday

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The Yankees and Tigers postponed Saturday’s game at Comerica Park due to inclement weather and will make it up with a split doubleheader on Sunday, per announcements from the teams on Saturday morning. The first game is scheduled to kick off at 1:10 PM ET, the second at 7:10 PM.

This is the fourth postponement of the year for the Tigers and the second for the Yankees. Provided the rain doesn’t let up, the two makeup games could be pushed back as far as mid-September, though no dates have been announced yet. Yankees right-hander Luis Severino and Tigers lefty Francisco Liriano will face off for Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader, while right-hander Luis Cessa will fill in for CC Sabathia in the evening against Detroit southpaw Matthew Boyd.

The Tigers are looking to snap a streak of bad luck; they went 2-5 in the last week and haven’t seen a win since Mike Fiers‘ 1-0 shutout against the White Sox last Sunday. The Yankees, on the other hand, are fighting to keep their heads above .500 after splitting their last six games 3-3. All told, they could be in a far worse predicament: the Twins have postponed their last two games against the White Sox at Target Field due to a snowstorm.

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.