KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have four candidates, including 2011 winner Alex Gordon, among the finalists for the annual Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence.
Gordon, the winner in left field in the American League last year, is joined by right fielder Jeff Francoeur, third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Eric Hosmer as 2012 finalists.
The winners will be announced on ESPN2's awards show at 8:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday.
Gordon's competition this year comes from Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings and Texas' David Murphy. Francoeur, a Gold Glove winner in 2007 for Atlanta, is going against Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo and Oakland's Josh Reddick.
This is the second year that outfielders will be chosen by specific position. Last week, Gordon was named the left fielder on the all-Major League defensive team by the Fielding Bible.
Moustakas is competing against Adrian Beltre of Texas, the winner in three of the last five years, and Brandon Inge of Oakland. Hosmer's first-base co-finalists are Adrian Gonzalez of Boston (now with the Dodgers after an in-season trade) and Mark Teixeira of New York. Gonzalez unseated Teixeira last year for his first AL award after winning twice in the National League.
All 18 winners will be eligible for the Platinum Gold Glove Award, which goes to the best defensive player in each league. Fans can vote on that at Rawlings.com, and the two winners will be announced at a Nov. 9 dinner in New York.
Royals to hold fan events next two Saturdays
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have a couple of events coming up at Kauffman Stadium.
On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT, fans can view available season ticket locations for the 2013 season at an open house at the stadium.
Admission is free to the public at Gate C. Seats available include those in the "Buy 2 Get 2 Free" offer, which allows fans to purchase two full-season tickets and receive two additional full-season seats for free in select seating locations.
The event includes a raffle for 2013 Opening Day tickets, Crown Club seats for a game, a suite for a game and Royals autographed memorabilia. There also will be access for the Majestic Team Store and complimentary food and beverages in the Diamond Club.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting), the first Home Runs for Hunger event will be held on the Kauffman Stadium field. Fans donating canned food or cash to Harvesters-The Community Food Network can take batting practice and shag balls in the outfield.
Fans can take one swing against a pitching machine on the field by donating three canned food items or by making a $2 contribution. There will be a maximum of 20 pitches per participant. Fans can shag balls in the outfield for 15 minutes for a $25 donation. They should bring their own gloves, but the Royals will provide bats, baseballs and helmets. Family and friends can watch from the seats.
Children must be at least 48 inches tall to participate, and all children under the age of 17 will need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. For more details, go to www.royals.com/homerunsforhunger.
The event will be hosted by Royals Charities and the Royals grounds crew.
Catcher Max Ramirez, a .300 hitter for Triple-A Omaha, was off to a fast start for Bravos de Margarita in Venezuela, going 11-for-26 (.423) with eight runs in his first 10 games. Ditto for shortstop Orlando Calixte, who is 9-for-26 (.346) in six games for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.
Two Minor League pitchers were added to the Royals' winter league contingent: Right-hander Juan Gutierrez with Leones del Caracas in Venezuela and left-hander Antonio Cruz with Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Republic. Also, second baseman Tony Abreu joined Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican and catcher Manny Pina joined Ramirez's team in Venezuela.
In addition, right-hander J.C. Sulbaran was pulled off the Saguaros roster in the AFL because of a sore arm. He was replaced by righty Malcom Culver, a reliever this year for Class A Kane County.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.