Gordon hits comfort zone in leadoff role

Gordon hits comfort zone in leadoff role

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost always says he goes day by day when putting together his batting order before each game. But one near-permanent fixture has been Alex Gordon in the leadoff spot, and he's settled into quite the comfort zone.

Since assuming the No. 1 spot on May 27, Gordon has been one of the better offensive players in the American League. In 47 games entering Saturday, Gordon batted .346 with 15 RBIs and a .422 on-base percentage, good for sixth in the league over that span. He also hit 20 doubles and three triples, while drawing 25 walks and scoring 30 runs.

"Anytime you're in a certain spot and you're stuck there for a while, you kind of get comfortable. That's just kind of how it's been lately," Gordon said. "I've been in the leadoff spot for a while, and every day I show up to the park I know where I'm going to be. It's nice to have that and nice to get that consistency."

His 31 doubles entering Saturday led the AL and ranked second in the Majors. Gordon had a nine-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-5 performance in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Twins.

"Gordon's done a great job in that one-spot, getting on base. I think he's a guy [who] could be a total offensive performer, where he can hit homers, drive in runs," Yost said. "I don't really, long term, see him as a No. 1 type guy. I think he's more middle-of-the-order type guy. But right now, with our circumstances, he fits really well there."