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Billy Butler | Designated Hitter

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Billy Butler went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Rays.
It's about time the A's stop automatically hitting Butler cleanup against righties, considering that he's really only been useful versus lefties since the start of 2014. He has a .630 OPS versus righties this season, and he came in at .653 in Kansas City last year. May 21 - 10:34 PM

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Billy Butler went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI single in Monday's 11-inning loss versus the Red Sox.

Butler started the scoring in the third inning, hitting an RBI single to right field to break a scoreless tie. He also doubled and scored in the fifth. Butler hasn't homered in nearly three weeks, sitting on three for the season with 17 RBI and a .267/.319/.389 triple-slash line.
May 12 - 2:09 AM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a double in Thursday's loss to the Twins.

Butler needed a solid game like this. His batting line had been plummeting over the last ten games, dropping from .325/.381/.506 on April 26 to .257/.314/.385 coming into Thursday. After the fourth inning RBI single against the Twins, Butler now has three homers, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored. He started out the season hotter than the surface of the sun, but he's beginning to look more like the guy who slugged .379 in 2014 and .412 in 2013, rather than the one who slugged .510 in 2012.
May 7 - 4:44 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Butler broke out of a slump with the two-hit night, as he'd had just three hits in his previous 40 at-bats coming into the game. The RBI single in the first inning gave Butler 13 RBI on the season to go with a .267/.325/.400 line on the year.
May 6 - 12:01 AM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

It's simply a day of rest. Mark Canha is in the designated hitter spot Sunday in Butler's place.
May 3 - 12:02 PM

Billy Butler hit a two-run home run and drove in four runs in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Angels.

Butler drove in his runs with variety on Wednesday, notching an RBI grounder in the first inning, a two-run homer off Vinnie Pestano in the seventh and an RBI single in the eighth. The homer was Butler's third of the season. The longtime Royal is off to a blistering start with the A's and is currently slashing .377/.433/.590 with three home runs, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored.
Apr 23 - 2:08 AM

Billy Butler clubbed a solo home run, providing the Athletics their only run as they were trampled by the Angels on Tuesday.

Butler took Hector Santiago out to left-center in the third inning, reducing the Athletics' deficit at the time to 4-1. With his second home run of the season, he is already 22 percent of the way towards matching last year's disappointing total of nine. The DH is batting a terrific .375/.435/.554 to begin the season.
Apr 22 - 1:29 AM

Billy Butler's only hit in four at-bats in Monday's win over the Astros was a big one, as it was a three-run home run that cleared the train tracks at Minute Maid Park.

Opposing second baseman Jose Altuve had cleared the tracks in the fourth inning, but Butler one-upped him, smoking a Scott Feldman breaking ball potentially into orbit. Though Butler had been hitting well, entering the night with a .407 average, it was his first home run of the season. He hit a career-low nine home runs last season, but the Athletics are hoping for a rebound.
Apr 13 - 11:15 PM

Billy Butler clubbed his fourth Cactus League home run as the Athletics topped the Brewers 7-0 on Sunday.

He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk, with his solo blast coming off Tyler Thornburg in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old hit just nine home runs during the 2014 season, so the power outburst this spring is certainly a welcomed sight. He's now hitting .250 with four homers and 11 RBI on the spring season.
Mar 29 - 9:38 PM

Billy Butler clubbed his second spring home run Wednesday as the Athletics downed the Indians, 3-2.

Butler's solo home run off of Danny Salazar ignited a three-run second inning for the A's. The new DH in Oakland is only batting .154 but has hit two homers in the last four days. Butler is coming off of a down season in which he went yard only nine times in 603 plate appearances.
Mar 11 - 7:29 PM

Billy Butler walked and swatted a solo home run as the Athletics suffered a loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

It's his first of the spring, and it came in the sixth inning off of Chris Beck. After hitting a career-low nine last season (min. 400 PA), the Athletics are hoping their new DH can get back into his typical 15-20 range.
Mar 8 - 8:33 PM

Billy Butler went 0-for-1 with a walk as the Athletics edged out the Angels 8-7 on Saturday.

It was an otherwise uneventful day for the DH. Butler, now on a three-year deal in Oakland, is looking to improve on last year's disappointing .702 OPS and nine home runs.
Mar 7 - 7:19 PM

Billy Butler was scratched from Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Giants due to a stomach bug.

Hopefully he didn't have a bad country breakfast. Either way, it's not a long-term concern. He should be back in the lineup in the next day or so.
Mar 4 - 10:40 AM

Athletics signed DH/1B Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million contract.

He's expected to receive $5 million of it as a signing bonus. It's a surprise that Butler was able to get such a contract after the worst offensive year of his career, but the A's obviously think he can fill a void. Oakland did need to get better versus left-handed pitching, and as a career .314/.393/.519 hitter versus southpaws, he should definitely help them in that regard. Butler will be the team's primary DH while also handling some first base.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com reports the Athletics have signed Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale confirmed the terms of the contract but said it isn't quite official just yet. How Butler will be utilized is up in the air -- Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes the Athletics' propensity for platoons at positions, but Butler would be an awfully expensive part-time player. After a down 2014 season it's a nice landing spot for the 28-year-old designated hitter, who can still mash left-handed pitching.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
3Max Muncy
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
CF1Sam Fuld
2Billy Burns
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Jesse Chavez
6Kendall Graveman
7Jarrod Parker
8A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Evan Scribner
7Edward Mujica
8Fernando Rodriguez
9Arnold Leon
10Taylor Thompson