Alex Gordon is "trying to act like I'm a leadoff guy" since inheriting that role May 18. He's deliberately taking more pitches and even dropping down a bunt on occasion in efforts to jump-start the Royals' attack.

"I've had my ups and downs," Gordon said Tuesday prior to the start of a three-game series against Oakland at newly-renamed O.co Coliseum. "I definitely haven't been perfect at it, but my main goal is just to try to get on and give these guys a chance to drive me in."

The numbers are generally positive.

Gordon was batting .284 when manager Ned Yost made the switch. He also had a .339 on-base percentage and a .452 slugging percentage — solid overall numbers – but the trends were all downward after a blazing start.

Yost made the switch in hopes of revitalizing a slumping attack — and a slumping Gordon, who batted just .160 in the previous 13 games with a .222 OBP and a .280 slugging percentage.

And …

Gordon is batting .287 in 24 games, prior to Tuesday, since becoming the leadoff hitter with a .371 OBP and a .464 slugging percentage. The higher on-base percentage is the result of 14 walks; he drew just 13 in his 40 previous games.

"I'd rather have him further down the lineup," Yost admitted, "but I want to have guys who get on base at the top of the lineup. And then see if we can't get guys in. It doesn't make any sense having a .290 or .300 on-base guy lead off."