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Butler is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

Butler's absence should not come as a surprise, as he will open on the bench for the firth time in the last six games. The Royals have had a revolving door at the DH position the last couple weeks, so it seems likely Butler's playing time will remain sporadic at best.

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Butler is out of the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.

Butler appears to have lost a grip on the designated hitter spot for the Royals, now sitting for the sixth time in the past eight games. While he and Josh Willingham are still the top two candidates for the DH spot, Norichika Aoki will get a day off from the field and serve in that spot Saturday with Lorenzo Cain in right field and Jarrod Dyson in center.

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Butler is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Despite his strong career numbers against opposing starter Rick Porcello (16-for-47, .340 average), Butler will find himself on the bench for the fourth time in five games. However, given Butler's steep regression at the plate overall this season -- including an ongoing 1-for-21 skid -- have improbably put his standing as the team's regular designated hitter in question. Unless he suddenly rediscovers the sweet swing that netted him 32 doubles and 29 homers just two seasons ago, Butler may be forced to share time with Josh Willingham the rest of the way.

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Butler is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

Butler went 0-for-4 Monday and has just one hit since Aug. 29, so manager Ned Yost decided to give him the day off Tuesday. Josh Willingham will serve as the Royals' DH in Butler's place.

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Butler is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.

Butler's lukewarm production of late will result in his removal from the lineup for the second consecutive day, with Josh Willingham manning the DH spot. While Butler's track record should allow him to reclaim primary duties at the position sooner or later, the Royals may exercise less patience with him while they look to trot out their best lineup day in and day out. He's batting .270 with a meager nine homers and 58 RBI on the season.

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Butler is out of the lineup Saturday against the Yankees.

Josh Willingham will get the start at DH and Eric Hosmer will play first base Saturday. With everyone healthy, and the late-season acquisition of Willingham, manager Ned Yost is able to sit Butler more often than every before, to the chagrin of his fantasy owners.

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Butler isn't in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

With Eric Hosmer back in the fold after nearly a month on the disabled list, Butler will hit the pine, at least for a day, while Raul Ibanez covers designated hitter. In the previous nine outings, Butler displayed power but little consistency at the plate, batting .206 (7-for-34) with two homers, five RBI, three runs, and two walks versus seven strikeouts.

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Butler hit a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

Butler accounted for all his team's offense, as Scott Baker and the Texas bullpen combined to hold the Royals to six hits. Butler, slashing .277/.326/.391 on the year, has now homered in two of his last three games.

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Butler was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Kansas City's win over the Giants on Friday night.

Maybe he likes August - when the calendar turned, he turned it on - or maybe he likes playing first base - with Eric Hosmer back on the disabled list, he's been doing some of that too. Whatever the case may be, following a lackluster four months, Butler has become energized the past week or so, and is now hitting .279 with seven home runs and 47 RBI.

Billy Butler 1B/DH KC 1 Month

Butler went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

He's now gone 7-for-9 over the past two games. Butler helped ignite an eight-run fifth inning by launching a three-run shot, his sixth of the year. It hasn't been a good year for Butler, but he has been picking it up as of late. He's 14-for-35 with three home runs and eight RBI over his past 10 games.