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Adrian Beltre reaggravates hamstring, exits game

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre exited Sunday’s game against the Astros after fielding a Max Stassi ground ball in the bottom of the seventh inning. He reaggravated his hamstring, per Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake. Rougned Odor entered the game to play second base and Isiah Kiner-Falefa moved from second to third base. Beltre had a single and a walk in three trips to the plate before leaving.

Beltre, 39, came off the disabled list last week after missing two weeks with a strained left hamstring. Including Sunday’s performance, he’s hitting .314/.375/.422 with a home run, 12 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 120 plate appearances on the season.

More bad news for the last-place Rangers, as the club will drop to 16-26 following a probable loss to the Astros on Sunday — the Astros lead 6-1 in the bottom of the eighth as of this writing. The Rangers should pass along more information about Beltre’s status after the game.

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.