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Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 3/12/1986 | Birthplace: Pascagoula, MS | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 6/2
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Rays option Joey Butler to make room for Desmond Jennings


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2015) The Rays will activate outfielder Desmond Jennings from the disabled list on Friday, the team announced after Wednesday's game.

Jennings has been out since late April due to a knee injury. To make room for Jennings, the Rays sent Joey Butler down to Triple-A. Butler was hitting .278 with six home runs prior to Wednesday’s contest.


Brandon Guyer replaces Kevin Kiermaier in Rays lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, the first time in 12 games Kiermaier hasn't gotten the start. 

In his place, Brandon Guyer gets his eighth start fo the season in center and first since June 28. 

Guyer had started three of the last four games in right. Joey Butler gets the start in right field in his place. His only other start in right was on July 3. 


Rays' Joey Butler gets back into the lineup on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Joey Butler is back in the lineup for the Rays, as he will be in left field and bat second on Wednesday against the Indians. Butler had been held out of the lineup for the last three games in favor of recent-acquisition Grady Sizemore.

But Butler will be back in there on Wednesday. Prior to the three game absence, Butler had started nine straight, hitting .250 with a pair of home runs in that span.


Rays DH Joey Butler on bench again Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Blue Jays designated hitter Joey Butler is set to sit for the second straight game Monday against Cleveland. Grady Sizemore will again fill that hole after slamming three hits Sunday.

Butler is experiencing his first mini-slump of the season with just one hit in his last 14 at-bats. But that has only served to weaken his slash line to a still-strong .315/.358/.482.


Rays' Joey Butler batting close to .350 in June


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Rays outfielder/DH Joey Butler totaled three hits -- all singles -- in five at-bats Monday against the Blue Jays. He struck out twice in his other two at-bats.

Butler has been on a nice run offensively in June. He has a .346/.513/.898 slash line in 20 games. He also has three home runs, four doubles, 11 RBI, nine runs, four walks, 18 strikeouts and five stolen bases in that span.


Rays' Joey Butler homers in second straight game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Rays DH Joey Butler hit a solo home run in Friday's win over Cleveland. It was the second straight game with a homer for Butler, who now has six on the year. 

Butler went 2 for 4 and drove in his 19th run. 


OF Joey Butler's homer sparks Rays rally in victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Outfielder Joey Butler continues to hit for average and power, as his sixth-inning home run kickstarted a rally that led to an eventual 5-3 victory Thursday for the Rays. 

Butler cracked his fifth homer to right field off Nationals starter Doug Fister, opening the floodgates for a four-run frame. Butler is now hitting .331 on the season and nearly .350 in June, with 21 hits in the month. 


No spot in lineup for Joey Butler as Rays start series in NL park


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) With the Rays moving to a NL park on Wednesday, Joey Butler was not in the starting lineup at Washington. He had started the last 21 games for Tampa Bay.

Butler has been on an offensive tear since late May. He is batting .360 (31 for 86) with a .523 slugging percentage, .912 OPS, two home runs, eight doubles, 10 RBI, 10 runs and four stolen bases in his last 22 games.


Kevin Kiermaier gets day off for Rays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is not in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game. 

Kiermaier sits, after starting 47 games this season. Brandon Guyer slides over from left field to replace him. It's Guyer's fifth start in center. 

Replacing Guyer in left is Joey Butler, who gets his eighth start at the spot. 


Joey Butler gets three hits, drives in two in Rays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Rays designated hitter Joey Butler went 3 for 5 in Friday's win over the White Sox.

Butler scored once and drove in two runs, giving him 16 on the year. 


Rays DH Joey Butler continues to swing a hot bat


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/7/2015) Rays designated hitter Joey Butler went 2 for 4 in his team's 3-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday.

Butler is hitting .400 over his last nine games with two home runs and four RBI.

For the season, Butler is hitting .333 with four home runs, 11 RBI and seven doubles.


Rays' Jake Elmore leads off, Joey Butler bats third Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Rays third baseman Jake Elmore is batting leadoff on Sunday, while designated hitter Joey Butler is batting third in his team's matchup with the Mariners.

It's the first time in each role for both players. Elmore has yet to bat higher than sixth in the lineup, but he'll lead off against Mariners lefty Mike Montgomery. Butler has been entrenched in the No. 2 spot in the lineup but will shift down with the team missing Evan Longoria for a second straight game.

The Rays are road favorites (-129) in Seattle, per VegasInsider.com.


Rays DH Joey Butler collects two more hits on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Rays rookie Joey Butler just keeps on hitting. On Thursday, Butler went 2 for 3 with a pair of singles, a run scored and two stolen bases in the team's 2-1 win over the Mariners.

Butler now sports a modest six-game hitting streak, during which he is batting an even .500 (12 for 24) with two home runs and two doubles. 


Rays' Joey Butler homers, steals base Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Rays designated hitter Joey Butler went 2 for 5 with a two-run home run and a stolen base in his team's 6-5, 10-inning win over the Angels on Wednesday.

Butler put his team on the board with his sixth-inning homer, and the Rays plated three more runs on another homer later in the inning to take the lead. Butler has racked up hits in five straight games and now owns a .337/.367/.547 line with four home runs, 11 RBI and one stolen base in 86 at-bats.


Rays' Joey Butler collects four hits, two doubles vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Rays designated hitter Joey Butler went 4 for 5 with two doubles in his team's 9-5 win over the Orioles on Sunday.

Despite all the offensive production, Butler was unable to drive in or score a run in the game.

"For him to come up and put together a good at-bat, probably not his best timing, he's not playing in there all the time, but impact us that way to give us an early lead was huge," Rays manager Kevin Cash said to MLB.com. "Souza's was big. Separates the game a little bit."

He's 6 for 8 over the last two games to boost his line to .342/.377/.548 with three home runs and eight RBI in 73 at-bats.


Rays DH Joey Butler cracks solo HR to spark offense


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Rays designated hitter Joey Butler continued his solid May by going 2-for-3 with a solo homer Saturday in Tampa Bay's 3-0 victory over the Orioles. 

Butler connected for a two-out solo shot in the third to provide the Rays with all the offense they would need as they snapped a six-game losing streak. Butler raised his average to .309 and is hitting .292 with two homers and seven RBIs in May. 


Rays' LF Joey Butler gets start amid mini hot streak


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Rays left fielder Joey Butler will start against the Orioles on Saturday.

Butler has been solid at the plate recently, hitting .300/.333/.400 with six hits and two doubles in his last five games.


Rays' Steven Souza leaves game with wrist injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Rays outfielder Steven Souza left Sunday's game during a third inning at bat, after suffering a sprained left wrist on a foul tip. Souza is considered day to day after colliding with catcher Stephen Vogt at home in the first inning, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"On the collision, I kind of felt something and figured it would just go away," Souza said. "Took some swings on deck. It was lingering a little bit, but nothing too severe. But on the check-swing, I felt the pain. We’re just being precautious."

Souza will undergo an MRI on his wrist on Monday. He was replaced by Joey Butler


Rays OF's Kevin Kiermaier, David DeJesus sit against lefty Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) With the Rays facing a left-hander on Friday, manager Kevin Cash has loaded his lineup with right-handed swingers.

Outfielders Kevin Kiermaier and David DeJesus are being held out of the lineup against the A's. Kiermaier had started nine straight games for the Rays, but will take a seat on Friday, despite the fact he actually has a higher batting average against lefties (.267) than righties (.232).

DeJesus meanwhile has been on a tear lately. He's batting an even .400 (10 for 25) over his current seven-game hitting streak. But he's been heavily shielded against southpaws this season, having just three at-bats against left-handed pitching. 

Joey Butler will enter the lineup and bat fifth while playing left field. Brandon Guyer moves up to the leadoff spot and will play center field on Friday. 


Evan Longoria returns to third base for Rays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Third baseman Evan Longoria returns to the field for the Rays for Sunday's game against Texas. 

Longoria had started at DH the last two games. He also makes his second straight start in the three-hole in the order after batting cleanup 29 times this season. 

Joey Butler returns to the DH spot 


Rays DH Joey Butler connects for first homer of career


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Designated hitter Joey Butler connected for his first-career home run Monday in the Rays' victory over the Red Sox.

Butler was called up from Triple-A on Sunday and went  1 for 3 that day in his first game of the season and then went 1 for 3 in Monday's win.

Butler spent 2014 in the Cardinals' organization, getting five at-bats (0 for 5) with the big club, and had 12 at-bats (4 for 12) for the Rangers in 2013.


Brandon Guyer out of Rays lineup on Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Left fielder Brandon Guyer is not in the Rays' starting lineup for Monday's game. 

David DeJesus replaces Guyer in left field, his third start in left this season. He'll bat fifth in the order. 

Replacing DeJesus at designated hitter is Joey Butler, who starts his second straight game since getting called up over the weekend. Butler is hitting eighth in the order. 


Tim Beckham replaces Asdrubal Cabrera for Rays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, just the third time this season he's missed a start. 

Tim Beckham will make his fourth start at short in Cabrera's place, batting seventh in the lineup. 

Joey Butler , just called up from Triple-A, is in the lineup, batting fifth and playing DH. 


Rays place Desmond Jennings on DL, call up Joey Butler


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Rays placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Sunday. 

Jennings is suffering from left knee bursitis and hasn't played since April 25. He was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup. 

The Rays called up outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham to replace Jennings. Butler has played 14 MLB games with two teams. He was leading Durham in hits, total bases and RBI. 


Rays reassign Everett Teaford, Brandon Gomes, six others


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Rays reassigned pitchers Everett Teaford and Brandon Gomes to minor-league camp along with six other players, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Teaford and Gomes were in the mix for spots on the 25-man roster before being reassigned. The team also cut catcher Mayo Acosta, outfielders Corey Brown and Joey Butler and pitchers Jhan Marinez, Jim Miller and Jordan Norberto.