It remains the most intriguing question on a team brimming more than ever with intriguing questions after an encouraging 6-3 start.

Has Alex Gordon finally figured it out?

More specifically, does he think he's figured it out after four inconsistent, injury-filled and, yes, often disappointing seasons with the Royals?

The question prompts a pause.

"I don't know," Gordon said, finally. "I just feel good right now. I'm happy with that. I'm feeling comfortable. I'll say that. I feel a lot better than in the last couple of years. That's for sure — a lot better in confidence and health."

That confidence gained a major boost near the conclusion of a strong spring training when manager Ned Yost announced his intention to shift Gordon to third in the lineup.

That's the star's slot, which delighted Gordon — "That's where I want to be," he acknowledged — but it ignited a flood of second-guessing that Yost was putting too much emphasis on spring production.

After all, Gordon batted just .215 last season in 74 big-league games wrapped around a lengthy remedial stay in the minors.

"Why is nobody asking me why I'm hitting Alex third now?" Yost challenged last weekend in Detroit. "Everybody wanted to know earlier why I'd move Alex to the third spot. Now, nobody is asking me any more."

Small wonder.

Gordon carries a .357 average into tonight's series opener against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. He leads the Royals with nine runs, 15 hits and 23 total bases.

"It's not proof of anything yet," Yost cautioned. "It's just early, but his swing is flatter, which allows him to have more time through the strike zone. His bat stays in the strike zone longer, which produces more offense.

"I saw it early in batting practice in spring training. Then once he got his timing going, we definitely saw it in the games, too."