Kansas City DH Billy Butler continues his tear against Oriole pitching

August 09, 2012|By Connor Letourneau | The Baltimore Sun

It may be a good thing the Orioles only face Billy Butler a handful of games each season.

The Kansas City Royals designated hitter has been an absolute monster against the O's the past five years. Entering Thursday night’s series opener, Butler boasted a .329 average (.564 slugging) with seven home runs and 12 doubles.

But through five innings Thursday, the All-Star seems to be outdoing himself. He had a three-run homer in the first inning, a double in the third and a triple in the fifth. He is a single away from becoming the first Royal to hit for the cycle since George Brett in 1990.

Butler’s career average against the Orioles is now up to .343.

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