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Billy Butler | Designated Hitter

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with two RBI, driving in the game-winning run as the Royals bested the Giants 7-2 in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Butler delivered two of the game's biggest hits, swatting an RBI single in the first inning to get the Royals on the board and roping a single over Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in the sixth that gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. They wouldn't look back, putting up four more runs in the inning en route to the five-run win. Once in danger of losing his starting job, Country Breakfast has come up big time and again this postseason. Going to a National League park for three games Butler may have trouble finding at-bats, but he'll likely be the first man off the bench for manager Ned Yost in pinch-hitting spots. Oct 22 - 11:37 PM

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Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking to what works, rolling out the same lineup he has for each of the previous five playoff games for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday.

There's no reason to change anything about what has worked so well for the Royals. Once again, they'll line up as follows: Alcides Escobar SS, Norichika Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B with Yordano Ventura taking the hill.
Oct 11 - 2:41 PM

Billy Butler is in the designated hitter spot and batting fifth for Game 1 of the ALCS.

Royals manager Ned Yost is using the same lineup he's used for the previous four playoff games. Joining Butler in the lineup is Alcides Escobar, Nori Aoki, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, Omar Infante and Mike Moustakas. They'll face off against the Orioles' Chris Tillman.
Oct 10 - 3:58 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-2 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

The Royals already had a spot in the Wild Card locked up and when the Tigers finished off the Twins, manager Ned Yost replaced most of his starters, Butler included. He ended the year on the upswing, recording multiple hits in five of his last eight games. It brought Butler's line up to .271/.323/.379 with 66 RBI in what was a down year for the 28-year-old.
Sep 28 - 8:05 PM

Billy Butler had two hits and three RBI in a losing cause against the Indians on Wednesday.

Manager Ned Yost said Butler would be in the lineup all week, and he's made good so far, with Butler going 5-for-12 with four RBI in the series against the Indians. Butler still hasn't homered in a month, but the Royals will take the singles and doubles.
Sep 24 - 10:49 PM

Billy Butler finished 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored as the Royals easily won against the Indians on Tuesday.

Butler extended the Royals' lead to 3-0, driving in the first of three fifth-inning runs with an RBI ground-rule double in the fifth. It was easily Butler's most productive game in about three weeks. The Royals would love to get Butler going in the final week, as he's sitting on a season-wide .267/.320/.375 slash line with nine home runs and 61 RBI.
Sep 23 - 10:55 PM

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

Butler got the scoring started with an RBI single in the first inning, one of nine hits the Royals got off Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The multi-hit game was his first in the month of September as he's become a part-time player down the stretch. Butler is hitting a disappointing .266/.318/.373 with a week left to play.
Sep 21 - 6:44 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that Billy Butler will be in the Royals lineup every day for the remainder of the season.

This after he went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's victory to raise his season slash to .266/.318/.373. While he's having a disappointing season at the plate, he's still a better option for the Royals than Josh Willingham or Raul Ibanez in the designated hitter's spot.
Sep 21 - 5:41 PM

Billy Butler is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

Josh Willingham has getting the start in the DH spot and is hitting third against opposing hurler Max Scherzer. It has been a rough season for the 28-year-old slugger who is hitting .264/.317/.372 with just nine homers and 59 RBI.
Sep 20 - 10:23 AM

Billy Butler went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday in his first start in three days.

Butler is 0-for-14 in his four starts over the last 10 days, and the Royals aren't bringing him off the bench when he doesn't start. It looks like he'll be worthless in fantasy leagues these last two weeks.
Sep 15 - 11:57 PM

Billy Butler had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going hitless in four at-bats.

Butler has struggled to put together consistent at-bats for most of the season, and is hitting just .266/.319/.374 with nine homers and 59 RBI. He'll need to pick up the pace offensively in the season's final weeks if the Royals want to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Sep 13 - 12:18 AM

Billy Butler is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

Butler went 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout on Monday and will now sit for the third time in the last four games. Josh Willingham will start at the DH spot against Max Scherzer.
Sep 9 - 3:53 PM

Billy Butler isn't in the Royals' lineup Sunday for the second straight day.

Butler has batted .182 in his last 10 games, and manager Ned Yost wanted to give the designated hitter "a day off to mentally relax a little bit. He’s been grinding really hard." Josh Willingham is in the DH spot again Sunday.
Sep 7 - 10:59 AM

Billy Butler is not in the Royals starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

It's merely a routine day of rest for the slugger against tough right-hander Brandon McCarthy. Eric Hosmer is drawing the start at first base with Josh Willingham serving as the team's designated hitter.
Sep 6 - 12:30 PM

Billy Butler hit his ninth home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

The homer in the fourth inning, a solo shot, was his only hit in four at-bats. He's got four of his nine home runs in August as he's turned in a strong month. Butler has shaken off his early struggles, bringing his overall line up to .277/.326/.391.
Aug 24 - 7:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
2Moises Sierra
DH1Billy Butler
2Josh Willingham
3Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Liam Hendriks
12Michael Mariot
13Luke Hochevar