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With some help, Kyle Seager belts three homers against Tigers

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Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager didn’t need any help hitting two homers on Tuesday night in Detroit. His first home run, off of lefty Matthew Boyd, cleared the fence in right field to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. He stepped back to the plate in the sixth against Boyd, this time with two men on base, crushing a no-doubt three-run home run down the right field line.

Seager got some assistance for his third homer of the night. Facing José Cisnero with a runner on first base and two outs, Seager drilled a 96 MPH fastball out to left center field. Left fielder Brandon Dixon and center fielder Niko Goodrum converged. Goodrum got to the ball first, but it glanced off of his glove and over the fence, giving Seager another home run to boost the Mariners’ lead to 11-6. José Canseco watched somewhere, smiling.

There have been 19 three-homer games this season. That’s tied with the 2016 season for the second-most three-homer games in a single season league-wide. 2001 has the most with 22 such games.

This is the first three-homer game of Seager’s nine-year career. He had eight two-homer games previously. After Tuesday’s effort, he’s hitting .237/.311/.466 with 14 homers, 34 RBI, and 33 runs scored in 264 plate appearances this season.

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.