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Adrián Beltré hits 475th career homer, tying Musial, Stargell on all-time list

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Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré drilled a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning against Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough. The dinger made a marginal dent in the Rangers’ deficit, making the score 8-2, but put Beltré into a tie with Stan Musial and Willie Stargell on the all-time home run list at 475 homers.

Beltré, 39, is a free agent after the season. If he chooses to continue playing, he will have a chance to ascend higher on the all-time home run leaderboard. His next targets would be Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff at 493, followed by Eddie Murray at 504.

Beltré has been bothered by injuries for most of the year. Still, he’s managed a .273/.333/.426 triple-slash line along with 13 homers, 56 RBI, and 45 runs scored in 453 plate appearances.

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.