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Jacob deGrom tosses career-high 13 strikeouts in win

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Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom came close to setting a new personal record during the club’s 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday. He tossed seven innings of one-run ball, marking his fifth quality start and fourth win of the season and tying a career-best 13 strikeouts as the D-backs struggled to get on base.

deGrom lost a potential no-hitter following a first-pitch single from Alex Avila in the top of the third, but he still managed to hold the D-backs scoreless through 5 1/3 frames. Jake Lamb provided Arizona with their first and only run of the evening, lashing an RBI double to score Steven Souza Jr. in the sixth. From there, the rest of the D-backs were limited to just one hit, as Robert Gsellman and Jeurys Familia each set down a scoreless inning to polish off the win.

It’s a reassuring look for the Mets’ starter, especially as he recently came off the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow. The 30-year-old righty appeared a little shaky in his last outing, too — he expended 45 pitches, three walks and two strikeouts in one inning of work — but seems to have regained both his composure and dominance since then. He currently holds a 1.75 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.6 SO/9 through 51 1/3 innings in 2018.

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.