Baseball is fun again for Alex Gordon. That's the best explanation available for his fast start to the season. Dubbed a can't-miss prospect and the savior of a franchise, Gordon struggled the last two seasons but is showing glimmers of the promise that made him the No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft. Most importantly, he's enjoying it. "I'm feeling more comfortable, because I'm not hurt or changing positions and getting sent up and down," Gordon said. "But this clubhouse is the best it's been in a while. It started in spring training, but guys are just having fun and staying relaxed, playing for each other." Entering Sunday, Gordon led the league in hits (22), runs (14) and doubles (eight). He was third in batting (.373) and tied for sixth in RBIs (11). For good measure, he also is tied for the league lead in outfield assists (three). Gordon's first-inning single Sunday against Mariners rookie flamethrower Michael Pineda extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest in the majors and one shy of his career best. "I'm just trying to go out there and produce and help the team win any way I can," Gordon said. "If that means getting a hit streak here or there, so be it. But I'm just trying to get on base and score any way that I can with Billy (Butler) and Kila (Ka'aihue) behind me." The afternoon's longest and loudest ovation came in the ninth inning when Gordon made an awkward diving catch on Miguel Olivo's sinking liner up the line for the second out. "I jogged over to it so I could make a diving play and make it look harder than it was," Gordon joked. Manager Ned Yost cited a more free and flattened swing, crafted during the offseason with the help of hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, but a more free and easy Gordon has to help too.
Alex Gordon enjoying his early-season success
Kansas City Star | Apr 18