Royals left fielder Alex Gordon and first baseman Eric Hosmer both entered Thursday's series finale against the Cleveland Indians on relative hot streaks but were both amid long home run droughts. And both droughts ended within a matter of minutes, with Gordon and Hosmer both launching long balls in the first inning. Gordon had gone 44 games and 207 plate appearances without a homer, until he launched a first-pitch lead-off blast off the Indians' Corey Kluber. "Sometimes as a leadoff hitter you like to mix it up and swing at the first pitch every once in a while just to keep pitchers on their toes," Gordon said. "I just told myself that if I got a fastball right down the middle, I was going to go for it, and that's what I got so I was able to get a good swing on it." Despite the promising display of power, Gordon won't be changing his approach by swinging for the fences.
Gordon, Hosmer end home run droughts
Kansas City Star | Aug 4