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Gordon doesn't let bug keep him from homer No. 100

Gordon doesn't let bug keep him from homer No. 100

Gordon doesn't let bug keep him from homer No. 100

CLEVELAND -- What is it about Alex Gordon's eyeballs that make them such desirable destinations for tiny flying creatures?

Three months after a moth flew into one of Gordon's peepers during a key ninth-inning at-bat in Kansas City, the left fielder had to overcome the annoyances of another insect in Cleveland on Monday, when he stepped to the dish with no outs and a runner on second base in the eighth inning of a game the Royals trailed by three runs.

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Last time, on June 25 against the Braves, Gordon reached on an intentional walk. This time, he crushed a homer to right field, bringing the Royals to within one run and becoming the 13th player in franchise history to pile up 100 round-trippers in his career.

"It was before I even saw a pitch," Gordon said. "It flew into my eye and got [stuck]. I called timeout and tried to get it out of me eye. I think I pushed it down far enough [to] where it didn't bother me too much. I just tried to play with it."

With the help of a trainer, Gordon removed the bug -- which was probably one of Cleveland's infamous midges -- when he returned to the dugout. Between Monday's incident and the one from June, Gordon appears to be a marked man.

"That was the first thing that crossed my mind, is, 'Not this again,'" Gordon said. "I knew I had a big at-bat, so I just kind of brushed it away and focused on [hitting]."

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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