Phillies plate 10 runs in first inning against Mets

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The Phillies showed up against the Mets Tuesday night hungry and motivated after a disappointing 7-6 loss on Monday. They batted around and then some, plating 10 runs against Steven Matz and Drew Gagnon. Matz was on the hook for eight of those runs (six earned) and failed to retire a batter. The Mets’ defense committed three errors.

Here’s how the inning played out:

The 10 runs are the most the Phillies have scored in the first inning since plating a franchise record 12 runs against the Nationals on April 8, 2017. It’s the most the Mets have allowed in the first inning since July 19, 1988 against the Reds.

Things got worse for the Mets as outfielder Brandon Nimmo exited with an injury. The Phillies’ Segura also exited with an apparent injury. Both teams should provide updates on the players’ statuses later tonight. [Update, 8:29 PM ET: Segura exited with left hamstring tightness. Nimmo left with a stiff neck.]

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.