The question – "Hey, are you ever going to hit another homer?" – prompts a quick and easy laugh from Royals left fielder Alex Gordon.

"I don't know," he said, "and I'm not trying. I'm just trying to hit line drives and make things happen. Hopefully, one will come soon."

It was 163 at-bats and counting, entering Thursday's series opener against the Mariners, since Gordon opened the first inning on June 12 against Milwaukee with a home run against former teammate Zack Greinke.

That blast ended a homerless drought of 150 at-bats. So, yes, the math through Wednesday showed one homer in Gordon's last 304 at-bats after hitting a club-leading and personal-best 23 in 2011.