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Royals 3, Tigers 1
7:15pm – NFL – ESPN – Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
ROYALS: GORDON LEAVES THE GAME EARLY IN ROYALS 3-1 WIN
Alex Gordon left the game in two ways on Sunday. Manager Mike Matheny substituted for Gordon in the top of the second inning for the few people who were at the game to recognize him for his accomplishments as a Royals player.Gordon had family members in attendance in a suite. It was an emotional time for all Royals fans. It was the end of the game and the end of a career for Alex Gordon.
The Royals sent Alex Gordon out a winner with a 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. Adalberto Mondesi led the way with three hits including a home run and a double. Mondesi rebounded from a terrible start of the season to finish with a .256 batting average and a .710 OPS.
Brady Singer got the start on the mound in the final game of the season. He allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings to get the win. Scott Barlow and Jesse Hahn each pitched a scoreless inning to preserve the win.
The Royals won their final two series of the season taking two out of three against St. Louis and three out of four against Detroit. The Royals finished 26-34. That would extrapolate to 70 wins in a regular 162 game season.
- Adalberto Mondesi tied a Royals record with 12 hits in a four-game series. George Brett is the other player to have done that. Brett did it in 1975 against the California Angels.
- The Royals finished six games out of the playoffs despite the shortened season. They will get a pick somewhere between 7-11 in next year’s draft depending on tie break procedures.
LOCAL NEWS AND NOTES
- Kansas opened as a 16-point underdog at home next Saturday against Oklahoma State. The line has since moved to 17. The Cowboys are 2-0 on the season, 1-0 in the Big 12. They beat Tulsa 16-7 to start the season and then defeated West Virginia 27-13 Saturday. Oklahoma State rushed for 203 yards and passed for 139 yards against the Mountaineers.
NATIONAL NEWS AND NOTES
- The Chicago Bears are still struggling to find a quarterback. After Mitchell Trubisky started off well this season, he was removed from the game in Atlanta on Sunday in favor of Nick Foles after he threw an interception in the third quarter. The Bears acquired Nick Foles in March from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a compensatory fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft. After the game, Chicago Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy would not comment on who will be his quarterback next week.
- Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen tore his ACL in Sunday’s game against Atlanta. Cohen recently locked in an additional $12 million of guaranteed money on a three-year contract extension.
- The Atlanta Falcons led the Chicago Bears 26-10 midway through the fourth quarter Sunday but lost 30-26. According to ESPN Stats, over the last 20 seasons no team had lost multiple games after leading by 15 or more points in the fourth quarter. Atlanta has done that this season in consecutive weeks.
- Patriots’ kicker Nick Folk missed an extra point with the team up 29-13 with just over six minutes remaining in the game. Tony Romo said that the miss took the air out of the stadium and that the fans were quiet after that miss. Jim Nantz added that the fans had already left for the parking lot.
- The Boston Red Sox will not bring back interim manager Ron Roenicke. Roenicke was hired on an interim basis when Alex Cora was fired after being implicated by Major League Baseball as being a major participant in the Houston Astros cheating scandal.
- A game between Georgia State and Charlotte was canceled on Saturday because of the results of a COVID test. The problem was that the results were read incorrectly. The game should have been played. Georgia State was informed of the incorrect results as they were preparing to leave for the game. All of the players who were initially told they had tested positive were retested on Friday and all tests returned negative.
- The Los Angeles Angels fired GM Billy Eppler Sunday. A lot of people in baseball believe that Dave Dombrowski is the frontrunner to follow him.
- The MLB playoffs are set. Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the top seeds. Eight teams in each league made the playoffs. There are no days off in the middle of a series this year. American League games start Tuesday. National League games start Wednesday.
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