OF Gordon scratched with stiff back

Outfielder Alex Gordon has been scratched from the Kansas City

Royals’ lineup Monday with stiffness in his lower back.

Manager Ned Yost said he has ”a 1 percent” concern over

Gordon’s sore back being serious.

Gordon will miss Kansas City’s exhibition game against the

Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gordon, who led the majors with 51 doubles last season, took

some swings in the batting cage, but the back failed to loosen up.

The two-time Gold Glove winner in left field will be replaced by

Xavier Nady.