Struggling Gordon may get Monday off

Struggling Gordon may get Monday off

Struggling Gordon may get Monday off
ANAHEIM -- Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is off to a poor start at the plate: 0-for-13 with no runs, no RBIs, no nothing.

After Gordon went 0-for-5 in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Angels, manager Ned Yost said he might give Gordon Monday night off in the series opener at Oakland. The A's have left-hander Tommy Milone pitching, so Yost has the option of starting right-handed-hitting Jason Bourgeois instead of left-handed Gordon.

"I'll think through it. We may give him a break tomorrow," Yost said. "The only way we're going to get Bourgeois or Mitch [Maier] is when these guys aren't hitting. So you take advantage of it when you can. I don't know that we're going to do it -- we'll think through and see where we're at tomorrow."

Gordon has been on base just once, with a walk, and has struck out six times.

"Obviously it wasn't a good series for me," Gordon said. "It's a long season so I've got to forget about it and move on. I've got to start helping this team out, especially if I'm going to be at the top of the order. Luckily guys like [Eric] Hosmer, [Billy] Butler and [Jeff] Francoeur had a good series and were able to pick me up. So that makes a good team."

A diving stop by first baseman Albert Pujols deprived Gordon of a hit in the third inning on Sunday.

"Pujols. Yeah, he won a Gold Glove for a reason," Gordon said.

He's not the Royals' only slow starter. Third baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Lorenzo Cain each are 1-for-11 (.091). Moustakas' one hit, though, was a home run.