Slumping left fielder Alex Gordon and hitting coach Kevin Seitzer reached the same conclusion Monday afternoon after conferring in a corner of the Royals' clubhouse at Yankee Stadium.

Gordon needs to relax.

"He's pressing," Seitzer said. "He cares so much and is working so hard. He told me, `Every day, it's the same. I get here early, do so much extra work and try to take it into the game.'"

Gordon admitted he's "overloaded" in an effort to break free from a seven-for-50 slide over the 12 games prior to Monday's series opener against the Yankees. His average dropped from .273 to .231 over that span.

"I'm trying to do too much and make it happen," Gordon said, "instead of just relaxing and letting it happen."

Score one for relaxation.