Found April 07, 2013 on FatManWriting:
Billy Butler has had a pretty good career so far with the Kansas City Royals. They signed him to a four-year deal worth $30 million in 2011 so he can't be too bad, right? On Sunday Butler showed that he is worth the money when he hit the first grand slam of his career, and tied a Royals record with 7 RBIs in the game. The play had to be reviewed, but once the umpire got a good look at the video the right call was pretty easy to make. To make the dinger even sweeter for young Billy, it was the first slam ever given up by Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. Oh yeah--the Royals went on to win 9-8 too. Your browser does not support iframes.

Should Holland lose Closer Role?

by John Viril—Coming into the season, the Royals bullpen looked rock solid. However, Royals manager Ned Yost turned to Kelvin Herrera bail out struggling closer Greg Holland to finish Sunday’s 9-8 win in Philadelphia. After also blowing a 3-1 9th inning lead on Saturday and a unsteady finish in Thursday’s victory against Chicago, Holland’s status has suddenly come into question...

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The Phils end up a run short in the ninth inning, as they lose to the Royals, 9-8.

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Phils Rally in Ninth; Top Royals, 4-3.

Final: Royals 3, Phillies 4. WP: Antonio Bastardo (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Greg Holland (0-1, 16.20 ERA)  The Phillies could not have asked for much more from John Lannan, the fifth starter, making his debut in a Phillies uniform Saturday evening in the second game of the series.  Lannan lasted seven innings, allowing a respectable three runs on five hits.  He walked none, and struck...

Gameday: Royals at Phillies

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