KANSAS CITY -- Alex Gordon went from slumping to streaking, and it only took him three days.
After a well-documented sluggish start to the season, the Royals outfielder has reached base three times and picked up two hits in back-to-back games.
On Wednesday in Oakland, Gordon collected his first hit of the season, belted a home run, walked and drove in a pair of runs, breaking out of a slump that saw him hitless through the season's first five games.
He continued on Friday in the Royals' home opener against Cleveland -- going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI on the same day he was awarded his 2011 Gold Glove Award.
Gordon's teammates said it was all about getting that first hit.
"He had a rough start," designated hitter Billy Butler said before Saturday's game. "He was pressing a little bit. After he got that first one, he's started to have good at-bats."
Outfielder Jeff Francoeur said he's never considered the small sample size of five games a slow start.
"Almost every person, at some point, is going to go 0-for-12, 0-for-13 during the year," Francoeur said. "It just gets magnified [at the start of the season]. For him, the way he handled it was great. ... You could just tell [Friday] he was a lot more comfortable at the plate."
That's the benefit of slumping early in the season. Between Wednesday morning and Saturday afternoon, Gordon raised his average 160 points.
That's not a bad three days.