SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kansas City's Billy Butler has been heeding the advice of his manager Ned Yost.
Butler hit a two-run home run with two outs in the first inning and the Royals defeated the Texas Rangers 6-1 in the exhibition opener for both clubs on Sunday.
Yost does not care if Butler sacrifices a few points off his batting average to drive in more runs.
"That's a fair judgment," Yost said. "I think it was more of a mindset adjustment more than anything else. He's got the power and the ability to do it. He's such a good hitter at times he would just focus early in the at-bat in putting the ball in play."
After hitting .318 with 78 RBIs in 2010, Butler's average dropped to .291 last year, but he drove in 95 runs.
"I want him to adopt to more of a haymaker approach early in the at-bat and then get two strikes and do what he does best, put the ball in play," Yost said.
"I do think he's a total hitter. I think he's a run producer, a power hitter and an (high) average hitte...