A’s Use Longball to Rout Twins, Win Series

The A’s embarked on an offensive onslaught Sunday afternoon against the Twins, smashing a season-high five home runs en route to a 14-1 victory to take the series. Former Athletics lefty Tommy Milone ran into a buzz saw of a lineup on a warm day, being knocked out of the game in the third inning after a furious two-out rally from Oakland punctuated by back-to-back homers off the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics trounce visiting Twins, 14-1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jake Smolinski homered twice for four RBI, Josh Reddick hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics slugged past the Minnesota Twins 14-1 on Sunday. Billy Butler and Josh Phegley hit two-run homers for the A's, who cleared the fences a season-high five times to boost their 2015 total to 80. Smolinski hit a three-run homer in the eighth and an earlier solo shot for...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Points Leagues: Gimme Some More

When did Busta Rhymes get so fat? Dayam!!! Dude looks like he ate the Busta Rhymes I remember that put out some great music back in the late 90's and early 2000's. I'm not much of a rap fan, but I was always a Busta fan. When he sang "Gimme Some More" who knew he was talking to the guy that was putting food on his plate. Did you hear what the talking M&M said to Busta in that...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Butler's first triple since 2012 delights A's teammates

To put things lightly, Oakland Athletics slugger Billy Butler isn't exactly known for his speed on the bases. As a result, Butler's triple in the second inning of the A's win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday afternoon delighted his teammates since that sort of thing doesn't happen very often. It was the fifth triple of Butler's career and his first since 2012 - and it required...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Butler leads Hahn, Athletics past Rockies 4-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Billy Butler hit his first triple in nearly three years and also singled, Jesse Hahn pitched six solid innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Wednesday. Hahn (6-6) improved to 4-1 over his last six starts after giving up one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out six. Tyler Clippard retired the final four hitters for his 14th...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

De La Rosa dazzles as Colorado Rockies even series in Oakland

  Colorado Rockies fans won’t know what they had until he’s gone. Jorge De La Rosa, perhaps the most under-appreciated starting pitcher in Rockies history, did what he seems to do every time he takes the mound. Every fifth day, it feels like the words are all the same. It feels like the scenario is almost exactly the same every time. Here is how it goes down; De La Rosa allows...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Reddick, Davis, Butler homer for A's in 7-1 win over Rockies

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Josh Reddick and Ike Davis hit two-run homers in the first inning to back seven scoreless innings from Kendall Graveman, and the Oakland Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Monday night. Billy Butler also homered off David Hale (2-3) and scored three runs as power-starved Oakland matched its season high for homers...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Out With the Old, In With the Pulled Pork

Since May 1st, Billy Butler has hit .230/.289/.298 over the span of 47 games for the Oakland Athletics.  He has played a grand total of 2 games this season at first base, meaning he has had one priority, and that is to hit the baseball. He has under whelmed. There was much scuttle  after the 2014 season when General Manager Dayton Moore chose to opt out of the contract...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Butler still thinks A's can be 'very dangerous' this season

Entering play Friday, the Oakland Athletics are in last place in the AL West at 29-40. Despite their poor situation in the standings, the club has some intriguing peripheral stats that indicate they're better than their record. Specifically: their run differential is +38, good for best in the division. Their 3.47 team ERA is third in the A.L. behind the Kansas City Royals and the...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics erupt for 16 runs, win 4th straight

The Oakland Athletics were firing on all cylinders on Wednesday night as they defeated the San Diego Padres 16-2 for their fourth consecutive win. The offensive bombardment from the A’s began in the first inning as they put up four runs which included a three-run-home run by Billy Butler. The game would remain rather quiet for a while, as the score was just 5-1 through six innings...
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

A's Butler, Vogt ride Splash Mountain, share amazing photo

The Oakland Athletics spent last weekend in Anaheim, so it makes sense that Billy Butler and Stephen Vogt stopped by Disneyland during their visit.  On Monday night, after Vogt clubbed a grand slam and the A's wrapped up a 9-1 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, Butler posted a photo on Twitter. It wasn't just any photo, see, in order to fully reward Vogt...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

A's patiently waiting for Butler to return to form at the plate

When the Oakland Athletics took a chance on slugger Billy Butler before this season, signing the longtime Kansas City Royal to a three-year, $30 million free agent contract, they hoped for the best. And yet, through 62 games Butler is slashing just .244/.298/.339 with four home runs and a paltry 15 extra-base hits (out of 59 total hits). That's hardly the kind of production expected...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Kendrys Morales Besting Billy Butler for Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals’ Kendrys Morales hits an RBI-double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Fan favorite and long-time Royal Billy Butler departed Kansas City for Oakland in the offseason, leaving a hole on the team at DH. Kendrys Morales was signed to replace him, getting a two...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s going on with the Oakland Athletics?

Even though the Oakland Athletics traded away the likes of 6.5 WAR player Josh Donaldson before the 2015 season commenced, the folks at FanGraphs projected them to have a 33% chance at making the playoffs. The A’s acquired Billy Butler, Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard to make up for some the rather surprising trades Billy Beane made, but so far, it hasn’t worked. Oakland is 13...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s going on with the Oakland Athletics?

Even though the Oakland Athletics traded away the likes of 6.5 WAR player Josh Donaldson before the 2015 season commenced, the folks at FanGraphs projected them to have a 33% chance at making the playoffs. The A’s acquired Billy Butler, Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard to make up for some the rather surprising trades Billy Beane made, but so far, it hasn’t worked. Oakland is 13...
Via The Outside Corner
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Country Breakfast or Dried Up Gravy: Who is Billy Butler?

After a flurry of off-season salary-dumping roster moves, including dismantling the heart of the lineup from the ’14 season that lead the league in runs for the majority of the year, the big-name free agent that Athletics GM Billy Beane brought in to lead the team was veteran slugger Billy Butler. The former Royal has had a history of being one of the best cleanup hitters in the...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Butler Proving to be Critical Addition for Oakland Athletics

Billy Butler has been an early season treat for the Oakland Athletics, solidifying the DH spot in the lineup and offering tremendous production. (Mandatory Credit: Ben Margot/AP Photo) 16 games into the season, Billy Butler has given the Oakland Athletics immense production. The 28-year-old DH is hitting .375 with three home runs and 12 RBIs through 16 games. “Country Breakfast”...
Via The Sports Journal
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

RECAP: Butler homers in 5-run 7th as Athletics beat Angels

Sonny Gray outpitched Jered Weaver with seven innings of two-hit ball, and Billy Butler homered during a five-run seventh inning that carried the Oakland Athletics to a 9-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. Gray (2-0) struck out seven, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third and retired his last 14 batters. The right-hander faced the Angels in three of his final...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

A new rivalry brews in pretty much the most eventful & exciting April series one can ask for

This weekend’s series vs. the Oakland A’s was something, eh? What was supposed to be the bittersweet return of Billy Butler to Kansas City, became an ugly, hate fueled series in the top of the seventh inning of the opening game Friday night. With the score tied at 4 after a Stephen Vogt’s second home run off of starter Jeremy Guthrie (the third solo shot of the night...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals and A’s Both Take Blame for Weekend Shenangians

On Friday night, the Kansas City Royals and Oakland A’s began a three-game rumble that included some baseball games along the way. The storyline was supposed to be Billy Butler‘s return to Kansas City, and it was…for a few innings. Then a ball glanced off Kelvin Herrera to Mike Moustakas, which led to a throw […]
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s fall short in Billy Butler’s return to KC

The Oakland A’s arrived to take on the Kansas City Royals on Friday evening at a sold out Kauffman Stadium. There was no one with more emotions running wildly or bitter-sweet than Billy Butler, who spent more than a third of his life and practically his entire baseball career with the Royals. After a near sweep at home of the Houston Astros, the A’s had a day off before taking...
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Single Parade, Paulo Orlando Spoil Billy Butler’s Emotional Homecoming

  Kansas City sent Oakland back to the Intercontinental Hotel with flashbacks of the 2014 Wildcard game. The Royals squeaked one out a 6-4 win tonight in another thrilling match against the Oakland Athletics, but before the series started, the Royals presented Billy Butler with his AL Championship ring as the crowd stood and chanted, “BIL-LY BUT-LER!” It was an emotional...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

A's Butler makes return to Kauffman Stadium vs Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Billy Butler woke up Friday morning and put on a royal blue shirt, just like he did for eight seasons while helping to turn around a moribund Kansas City Royals franchise. Only thing now is he plays for the Oakland Athletics. Unable to work out a new deal with the Royals, who declined his pricey option for this season, Butler found a willing suitor in Oakland...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals shake off two-game slide, look ahead to series opener against A's

When he last took the field at Kauffman Stadium, Billy Butler was trying to help the Kansas City Royals claim their first title in 29 years in Game 7 of last year's World Series. Now the longtime Royal will return as a visitor Friday night when he looks to extend his historic start for the Oakland Athletics in the teams' first meeting since their AL wild-card thriller in September...
Via AP on Fox
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Keeping Perspective: How will the Royals respond to their first two losses?

  Perspective. "A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view."    If, at the beginning of this season, a wizard would have been able to gaze into a crystal ball and predict that the Kansas City Royals would be 7-2 after their first nine games (including a sweep of the White Sox and the Angels) most sensible Royals fans would have...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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