The last six games aren't the only time when circumstances resulted in Royals left fielder Alex Gordon batting leadoff. There was also a stretch of games in junior high school when opposing teams simply refused to pitch to him.

"So they had me bat first," he recalled, "to get more plate appearances to get on base more through walks."

The current circumstances couldn't be more different.

Manager Ned Yost made the switch when his attack lapsed into an extended funk after leading the American League in numerous offensive categories, including batting and runs scored, through the season's early weeks.

"We were scuffling," Gordon said, "and when he said he was going to do it, I thought, `Yeah, why not?' He said we needed to do something different. I felt the same way; that we needed to shake something up."

Results are mixed. Gordon entered Tuesday's game at Baltimore with five hits in 20 at-bats in five previous games as the leadoff hitter. But he also had three walks for a .348 on-base percentage.

"It's the best option we have right now," Yost said. "He's been getting on base. It's not an ideal situation. I liked him in the three spot, and I can see him in the two spot. But I don't want to bump a bunch of lefties together."

The three spot, for now, belongs to rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer and, Gordon contends, Hosmer looks like a perfect fit in the role.

"Putting that kid in the three hole, why not?" Gordon said. "That's a pretty good spot for him. I just think a change of scenary might help some people. I think it's helped me a little bit."