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Royals' Gordon, Francoeur finalists for Gold Gloves

Outfielders Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur – but not shortstop Alcides Escobar – are among the American League finalists to receive Gold Gloves for defensive excellence when Rawlings announces this year’s winners at 9 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2.

The awards date to 1957 and are determined through a vote by managers and coaches in each league. The procedure changed this year to select a recipient for each outfield position instead of simply choosing three outfielders.

A list of three finalists for each position is also being announced for the first time.

Gordon is a finalist in left field with Brett Gardner of the Yankees and Sam Fuld of the Rays. Francoeur is a finalist in right field with Nick Markakis of the Orioles and Torii Hunter of the Angels.

Escobar is generally credited with solidifying the Royals’ infield defense, but the shortstop finalists are Erick Aybar of the Angels, Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians and J.J. Hardy of the Orioles.

The Royals have 18 Gold Glove winners in their history. Second baseman Frank White was an eight-time recipient from 1977-87, but the club has just two winners since 1989: outfielder Jermaine Dye in 2000 and second baseman Mark Grudzielanek in 2006.

Francoeur was a 2007 recipient in the National League while playing for Atlanta.

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