Although a sizzling stretch for Billy Butler has ended, he may be able to get back on track against Mark Buehrle as the Kansas City Royals try to boost their slim postseason hopes.
The Kansas City slugger has enjoyed success against Buehrle in the past, but the Toronto Blue Jays starter has won five straight decisions as he seeks to help end the Royals' five-game win streak Friday night at Rogers Centre.
Butler was 0 for 3 with a walk in Thursday's 3-1 victory at Minnesota after going 12 for 26 with two homers and seven RBIs over his previous six contests. He's hitting .358 with five homers and 16 RBIs this month for Kansas City (69-64), which is six games behind Oakland for the AL's second wild card with three other teams ahead of it.
"I couldn't even tell you who's ahead of us," manager Ned Yost said. "My focus is if we win everything else takes care of itself."
The Royals will see a familiar nemesis in Buehrle (10-7, 4.08 ERA), who has faced them a major league-high 49 times ...