The Royals' Alex Gordon solidified his status as the best defensive left fielder in the American League on Tuesday night when he won a second consecutive Gold Glove award.

The award for outstanding defensive performance came after a vote by managers and coaches, and it was announced in a live telecast on ESPN2. The other finalists were Desmond Jennings of the Tampa Bay Rays and David Murphy of the Texas Rangers.

"Players always want to be consistent and go out there and always produce well," Gordon said. "To win it again is a great honor. I'm very excited about it. Hopefully, I can keep on being consistent in the outfield and keep bringing Gold Gloves home. It's pretty cool."

This season, Gordon had 24 runs saved (a sabermetric statistic), the most of any left fielder in baseball, according to FanGraphs. Jennings was second in the AL with nine. That helped Gordon win The Fielding Bible award last week as the best defensive left fielder in baseball.

While Gordon's 17 outfield assists were three fewer than his team record of a year ago, they were the most by a left fielder in the majors. Additionally, Gordon made just two errors for a .994 fielding percentage.

The last Royals player to win a Gold Glove award in consecutive years was second baseman Frank White in 1986-87.

Gordon, 28, also had another sensational year at the plate. He batted .294 with a major-league best 51 doubles, 14 home runs, 72 RBIs and 73 walks.

What's particularly impressive about Gordon's pair of Gold Gloves is that he played third base until midway through 2010 when physical limitations from a surgically-repaired right hip prompted the switch.

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