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Odubel Herrera has reached base in 36 consecutive games

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With a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning off of the Giants’ Jeff Samardzija, Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera extended his streak of reaching base safely to 36 games.

According to Baseball Reference, it’s the 19th streak of that length or longer by a Phillies batter dating back to 1908. Mike Schmidt holds the club record at 56 games. The most recent streak by a Phillie, prior to Herrera’s, of 30-plus games was by Darin Ruf, who reached in 33 consecutive games from September 25, 2012 through August 6, 2013.

After his homer on Monday, Herrera is batting .339/.396/.512 with four homers, 18 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 134 plate appearances. He’s also been worth over one Win Above Replacement already, ranking him among the league’s top-ten outfielders along with teammate Rhys Hoskins.

Update: Herrera homered again in the sixth inning to make it a 10-0 lead for the Phillies over the Giants. His slash line is now .341/.401/.537 with five homers, 20 RBI, and 19 runs scored.

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.