Alex Gordon steps in against the San Diego Padres during a spring training game earlier in Surprise, Ariz. in 2018.

Alex Gordon steps in against the San Diego Padres during a spring training game earlier in Surprise, Ariz. in 2018.

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OMAHA — Former Lincoln Southeast and Husker baseball star Alex Gordon was scheduled to play in front of the hometown crowd at TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday as the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers face off in the first MLB game to take place in Nebraska.But Gordon was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance in Wednesday’s game in Kansas City and the three-time all star and World Series champion is not in the lineup for tonight’s contest.”It’s unfortunate that I am not in the lineup tonight,” Gordon said Thursday. “Being back at Nebraska, you want to be out there for your fans, and where you grew up, so that’s unfortunate.”

Gordon said he had a bruised shoulder, and that if the Royals were playing in another city tonight, he wouldn’t be in the lineup. 
#Huskers great Alex Gordon is not in the starting lineup tonight for the @Royals and Ned Yost wants Nebraska to know he’s sorry. pic.twitter.com/u3V2U9YZDc— Alec McChesney (@Alec_McChesney) June 13, 2019

Royals manager Ned Yost said it was his fault.”I wrestled with (playing Alex) all night, and I wrestled with it on the plane and even until I got here,” Yost said. “I talked to Alex, and you know Alex is a warrior and he’s going to want to go, and because we’re here, it means a lot to him.”

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Yost added that Gordon, who is hitting .274 with 10 home runs, 40 runs and 39 RBIs on the season, is having a phenomenal year and is the heart and soul of the team. “I need to make sure that I don’t beat him into the ground,” Yost said. “He’s too important to us. … And I need to make sure that I maintain his strength and durability so he can accomplish that. “I really regret that Alex can’t play this game but I think it’s what is best for our team and our organization. To all of his fans, all I can say is I’m sorry.”
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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Royals fan Beau Reafleng (center) hands Royals pitcher Jakob Junis a marker as he sign autographs before taking on the Detroit Tigers Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Detroit Tigers quality control coach Joe Vavra prepares for batting practice Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

The Detroit Tigers take warmup throws Thursday before taking on the Kansas City Royals at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire signs autographs Thursday before taking on the Kansas City Royals at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Kansas City’s Terrance Gore (left) talks with Dave Winfield on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.  This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

A basket of baseballs is prepared for batting practice prior to the Kansas City Royals vs. the Detroit Tigers Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Baseball fans reach for a foul ball hit during Detroit’s batting practice on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

A fan in the outfield makes a reaching catch during Royals batting practice Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Kansas City’s Kelvin Gutierrez (47) celebrates an out by pitcher Homer Bailey (21) against Detroit Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Detroit pitcher Matthew Boyd (48) fields the ball and makes the throw to get Kansas City’s Kelvin Gutierrez out on a bunt Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Detroit pitcher Matthew Boyd throws in the first inning against Kansas City on Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Kansas City’s Nicky Lopez rounds third after hitting a solo homer in the second inning against Detroit Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Kansas City pitcher Homer Bailey throws during the first inning against Detroit Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Kansas City’s Martin Maldonado (16) is met in the dugout by teammates after scoring on a balk by Detroit pitcher Matthew Boyd in the second inning Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Kansas City’s Nicky Lopez points to the sky as he steps on home plate after hitting a solo homer in the second inning against Detroit  Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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Royals vs. Tigers, 6.13

Detroit pitcher Matthew Boyd throws in the first inning against Kansas City Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park. This is the first official MLB game played in Nebraska.

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