Since coming off the disabled list on April 24, Gordon is hitting .368 with three home runs. He is batting .313 for the season, his high-water mark since June 6, 2013. He went 0-for-2 with two walks in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The stunning turnaround comes after Gordon hit .220 in 2016 and .208 last season while many baseball observers wondered if his days of being an offensive force were over.
But Gordon began working on a more disciplined approach last September (he posted a .990 OPS during a 20-game stretch then), trying to lay off certain inside pitches that were handcuffing him. He spent the offseason working on the same approach.
Royals Honorary Bat Girl During their Mother's Day game, the Royals will wear newly designed caps highlighted by a pink crown and team color brim, while club uniforms will feature a pink ribbon on the left chest. A matching pair of pink socks is optional for every player. Louisville Slugger will donate proceeds from the sale of their pink bats, which will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer. MLB will again donate its licensed uniform royalties through Mother's Day apparel to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer.
Also, each team will have an honorary bat girl. For the Royals, it will be Mila Ellsworth of Olathe, Kan. She will be a bat girl during Monday's game at Kauffman Stadium.
Ellsworth, a local standout softball player and coaching legend for over 17 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 at the age of 36. She has since undergone a lymph bypass surgery due to lymphedema, but she continues to be monitored by her doctors.