The first order of business for the Kansas City Royals is getting back to .500. A few more games for Billy Butler against the Minnesota Twins should help in that pursuit.
Butler looks to continue his hot hitting against Minnesota pitching Saturday when the Twins send Kyle Gibson to the mound for his major league debut.
This hasn't been the best offensive season for Butler, and he seems unlikely to come close to the career-high 29 home runs he hit in 2012. Still, none of that seems to matter when he faces the Twins (35-41).
Butler got the Royals started quickly with a three-run homer - his sixth of the season and first in 136 at-bats - in the opening inning Friday and added a pair of singles in a 9-3 win. He is batting .468 with three home runs and 16 RBIs during a 16-game hitting streak against Minnesota.
Butler has hit .519 (14 for 27) versus the Twins this year, and .252 against the rest of baseball.
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