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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 Friday's loss to the Royals and is hitting .197 with one homer and six RBI in 66 at-bats during June.
If Butler were on a one-year deal instead of a three-year pact, he'd be a real candidate for a benching. As is, the A's will likely stick with him and hope for the best. He's been a liability thus far. Jun 27 - 1:38 AM

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Billy Butler is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday against the Angels.

The A's will roll with Ike Davis at first base and Stephen Vogt as the designated hitter. The 29-year-old is hitting .256/.311/.357 with five homers and 32 RBI in his first year in Oakland.
Jun 20 - 12:32 PM

Billy Butler was locked in during Wednesday's 16-2 win over the Padres, going 4-for-5 with a three-run homer.

Butler started out the evening about as good as an offensive player can start out an evening when he launched a three-run homer off of Odrisamer Despaigne in the first inning. Butler would reach three more times in the contest, all singles. The long-time Royal has had his moments in his first season with the A's, but even games like Wednesday's cannot obscure the fact that he's slashing just .260/.316/.364 on the season.
Jun 18 - 1:35 AM

Billy Butler will start at first base Tuesday against the Padres.

It's his second start at first base this season. The A's don't have the luxury of the designated hitter under National League rules, but they want to get him in the lineup.
Jun 16 - 1:32 PM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

It's the second time in four days that the slumping veteran is on the bench. Ben Zobrist is serving as Oakland's designated hitter.
Jun 14 - 1:09 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Thursday afternoon's win over the Tigers.

Butler doubled off of Shane Greene in the third inning to drive in Stephen Vogt, then added an RBI single in the fifth. The former Royal has knocked in 28 runs and homered four times this season. After slashing a solid .287/.354/.448 in April, Butler struggled mightily in May, hitting just .241/.278/.302. It's probably reasonable to expect his numbers to fall somewhere in the middle of those two extremes by the end of the season.
Jun 4 - 4:24 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Max Muncy
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
2Mark Canha
CF1Billy Burns
2Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Jesse Chavez
5Kendall Graveman
6Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Edward Mujica
5Fernando Abad
6Evan Scribner
7Taylor Thompson
8Fernando Rodriguez
9Drew Pomeranz
10Pat Venditte