Gordon still striving despite lofty batting average

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Alex Gordon might be hitting .500 (7-for-14) in Cactus League play, but that doesn't mean he's satisfied.

The homer he belted for the first run of the Royals' 8-1 victory over the Reds on Sunday was his first extra-base hit.

"The results do matter, but every Spring Training's stats are always a little bit higher than they should be," Gordon said, "so it's about feeling good and feeling comfortable and that's what I'm trying to get. I'm not there yet, but we still have a month left so we'll keep going at it."

Gordon's blast to right-center field off Tony Cingrani came after the Royals had struck out seven times in the first three innings. Five of the strikeouts were by Reds starter Homer Bailey -- the first was against Gordon to start the game.

"From what I saw, it was fastballs and cutters and he came right after us," Gordon said. "He did a pretty good job. Some guys said it was hard to see, but I think he just had good stuff."

Gordon admitted to a mistake when he missed Devin Mesoraco's double to left field in the third inning.

"I just read it wrong. I thought I was going to have to come get it and it kept sailing over my head," he said. "That's Arizona, and I should've known better. My first step was in, it should usually be back so I'm glad I made that mistake here."

Although Gordon is still not happy with his Arizona batting stroke, the home run looked great to manager Ned Yost.

"He really smoked that ball," Yost said. "Gordy is a guy who has a lot of expectations in his ability but I'm pretty happy with his swing."