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Billy Butler needs to hit to stay in Royals lineup, Ned Yost says

For the 105th game of the Royals season, manager Ned Yost crafted a lineup as if the preceding 104 games had essentially not occurred. The batting order was an almost exact replica of the one sketched out for opening day, with little concession given to the subsequent events. Nori Aoki entered the day with a .661 on-base plus slugging percentage, which ranked eighth among the team’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Royals roar back from 5-0 down, whip Tribe again for fifth straight

Billy Butler had a sense the Royals weren't intimidated in the least after falling behind 5-0 to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night. "We didn't care," Butler said. "We knew we could come back ... "If you have the slightest inkling that you can't come back, you won't. But not one single guy in that dugout felt that way." And with that...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
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Butler, Royals overcome Indians for 5th win in row

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Billy Butler homered for the second straight game and the Kansas City Royals overcame a five-run deficit to beat Cleveland 7-5 Saturday night for their fifth straight win. A day after his pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning beat Cleveland, Butler connected for a tiebreaking shot in the fifth. It was 5-all when he tagged Nick Hagadone for a drive...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Butler’s pinch-hit blast lifts Royals past Indians

Billy Butler didn’t knock off a season’s worth of frustration with one swing, but Friday’s two-run homer in the eighth-inning to break a tie and send the Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Indians made an entire clubhouse smile. Manager Ned Yost, who had benched Butler for the second time in three games, saw some hard work finally pay off. “Everybody knows Billy’s been...
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Return of the Billy Bomb: two-run pinch-hit blast carries Royals to fourth straight win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Billy Butler rarely stays around home plate after hitting a home run, always careful not to show up the other team. But considering all that Butler has been through this season, and how much this home run meant -- a two-run pinch-hit bomb in the eighth that carried the Royals over Cleveland, 6-4 for their fourth straight victory -- Butler decided he was going...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
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Butler's pinch-hit HR lifts Royals over Indians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Pinch-hitter Billy Butler's two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning sent the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4 Friday night for their fourth straight win. Butler connected against John Axford, sending a drive over the Royals' bullpen in left field. Butler was hitting just .200 in his previous 20 games with two RBIs before pinch...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Butler sits against left-hander, ponders his DP grounders

CHICAGO -- Royals designated hitter Billy Butler got to Cellular Field on Wednesday morning, ready to do his pregame routine and prepare to face White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. But Butler was in for a surprise. He wasn't in the lineup. Against a left-handed pitcher. Skipper Ned Yost decided to go with Danny Valencia at designated hitter, and left-handing hitting Mike Moustakas...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Butler willing to rework contract to remain with Royals

The 2014 season has not gone the way that Billy Butler had imagined. Owed a $12.5 million club option for 2015 there is no guarantee he will remain with the Kansas City Royals beyond this season. That of course does not mean that the 28-year-old Butler wants out of Kansas City. “If the option doesn’t work, I’d be more than happy to renegotiate in any type of way. I’ve always...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Butler doesn’t want to be traded, hopes Royals pick up $12.5 million option for 2015

Billy Butler swung a pair of Mariucci bats inside the visitors’ clubhouse at Fenway Park, rotating the lumber from hand to hand, pondering the factors behind his first-half torment. “Some years, you just have a down year,” said Butler, the Royals’ designated hitter. “And you feel the same. For whatever reason, it just happens. I’m not saying you’re any less of a player...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners talking to Royals about Billy Butler trade

A few years ago Billy Butler was snubbed in the Home Run Derby. Things have changed since that time with Butler looking nothing like the player he was in 2012. This year the 28-year-old Butler is hitting just .273/.325/.355 with three home runs and 36 RBI in 93 games. While the Kansas City Royals are considering adding pieces to their team ahead of the trade deadline, Butler may...
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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