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16 Billy Butler DH
Height/Weight: 6-1/240 | Birthdate: 4/18/1986 | Birthplace: Orange Park, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 45/26 | Average Draft Position: 231.76
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A's DH Billy Butler hits homer, collects three hits in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler crushed his sixth home run of the season in Monday night's 7-1 win over the Rockies. 

Butler hit his solo shot in the fourth inning. Butler finished the game 3 for 4 and also had an RBI double, giving him two RBI for the game. Butler's homer gives him two in his past 10 games. 

Butler now has a slash line of .254/.315/.366.


Athletics DH Billy Butler sits for third time in five games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler was held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Rangers. It was the third time in five games he started on the bench and the sixth time in 14 games he did not start.

Butler is batting .210 (13 for 62) with one home run, two doubles, six RBI, seven runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in 18 June games.


Athletics DH Billy Butler gets second straight day off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler will not be doing any hitting Sunday against the Angels unless he emerges from the bench. He is out of the lineup for the second straight game.

His absence is due to a matchup against tough Angels starter Garrett Richards, per the Bay Area News Group. Butler, who pinch-hit Saturday and is 1-for-9 since his four-hit performance Wednesday, is expected to play Tuesday.


Athletics DH Billy Butler benched against nemesis Weaver


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Veteran Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler has struggled mightily throughout his career against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver. He will probably not get a shot at redemption Saturday.

Butler has been benched for the battle against Weaver, against whom he has just six hits and one walk in 37 career at-bats. One of those hits, however, was a home run.


A's DH Billy Butler hits homer, has monster game in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler crushed a three-run home run in the first inning of Wednesday's 16-2 win over the Padres. 

For Butler, it's his fifth home run of the season. Butler finished the game 4 of 5 from the plate and hit three singles. This game broke Butler out of a slump that saw him hit .182 over the past 10 games. 

Butler now has a slash line of .260/.316/.364. 


A's give Mark Canha, Billy Butler days off


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Athletics outfielder Mark Canha and designated hitter Billy Butler are getting days off and aren't in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels. 

This marks only the third time this season that Butler hasnt started a game this season. Canha is getting a breather after a solid performance Saturday night in which he went 2 for 4 from the plate. 


Athletics DH Billy Butler not starting for just second time in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler was held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Rangers for just the second time in 62 games this season. Thursday was the first time Butler wasn't in the starting lineup since May 3.

Butler has been struggling offensively the last few weeks, batting just .170 in his last 14 games. He hasn't homered in 23 games.


Athletics' Billy Butler endures several hard-hit outs Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler went 1 for 5 with a double and a run scored in his team's 6-1 win over the Tigers on Wednesday, but his line doesn't reflect how well he hit the ball, the Contra Costa Times reports.

Butler was denied a double on a line drive to the opposite field in the third inning. After securing a double in the eighth, he launched another hard-hit liner in the ninth inning with two out and two on, but the center fielder was able to run the ball down and end the game.

"I’m hitting some balls hard," Butler said. "I’ve been doing it for the last week or so, but tonight was particularly bad. I hit a ball in left-center and in right field, but at least I got the one in the gap. I did it at home, too. You’ve just got to keep swinging it and hope it comes back around. That’s what you keep telling yourself."

Butler has managed a hit in five straight games but has delivered just one home run since April 22. He has hit .259/.307/.363 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 212 at-bats.


Athletics DH Billy Butler collects two hits in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler went 2 for 4 at the plate to help the lead the A's to a 4-0 win over the Tigers on Monday.

Butler also drove in a run when he singled off Shane Greene in the sixth inning, which scored Marcus Semien. Butler is now on a four-game hitting streak and is 6 for 16 during the streak.


Athletics' Billy Butler has seven multihit games in last 17 outings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler singled twice and had one RBI in four at-bats Friday against the Rays. He also struck out once.

Butler has produced seven multihit games in his last 17 appearances. He has a .286/.311/.371/.682 slash line in that span. He also has one home run, three doubles, six runs and 10 RBI in his last 17 games.


Athletics DH Billy Butler crushes fourth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler went 2 for 4 at the plate in Oakland's 4-3 loss to the White Sox on Saturday.

Butler did his damage in the first inning when he crushed a 0-1 pitch from John Danks over the right field wall for a two-run shot, his fourth of the season.

Butler is now hitting .268 with 20 RBI in 149 at-bats this season.


Athletics DH Billy Butler records three hits in loss on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Athletics desginated hitter Billy Butler collected his first three-hit game in a month in Monday's loss to the Red Sox. Butler went 3 for 5 with a double, and RBI and a run scored. His single in the bottom of the third gave the A's an early 1-0 lead. 

Butler got off to a hot start in 2015, but has struggled at the plate in May. Over 10 games this month, Butler is hitting .227 with a pair of doubles and five RBI. His last home run came back on April 22 against the Angels. 


A's DH Billy Butler collects two hits Thursday vs. Twins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler had a solid game in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Twins. Butler went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. This was Butler's second multi-hit performance in his last three games, as he tries to break out of a slump at the plate.

After collecting at least one hit in first 12 games of the season, Butler has struggled with just six hits in his most recent 12 games, including Thursday. Overall, he is now batting .265 with three home runs and 15 RBI.


Athletics' Billy Butler snaps hitless skid Monday vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler ended an 0-for-20 slump by hitting a single in the first inning Monday but couldn't find another hit across his final four at-bats in his team's 8-7 loss to the Twins.

"I got one, but I had other pitches to hit," Butler said after the game, per the Bay Area News Group. "It’s just not working out for me right now, you know? I got pitches from (Twins’ starter Phil) Hughes after that, pitches to hit from other guys, too."

Butler was unable to find success late against closer Glen Perkins, popping up with a man on base and his team down two.

"I got a pitch from Perkins," Butler said. "I was just swinging, and I’m not getting the results for reasons I can’t see right now."

Butler, who sported a .377 batting average and 1.023 OPS on April 22, is hitting .257/.318/.396 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 101 at-bats due to his recent struggles.


Billy Butler out of starting lineup for Athletics


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler is out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game. It will be just the second start Butler has missed this season. 

Mark Canha moves to DH from left field to give Butler a day of rest. Sam Fuld shifts from center to left to replace Canha. 

Entering the lineup to fill Fuld's vacancy in center is Billy Burns, who will bat leadoff. Burns is making his second consecutive start in center. 


A's DH Billy Butler hits third homer of the season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler accounted for four RBI in Wednesday night’s 9-2 win over the Angels.

Butler went 2 for 5, which included hitting his third home run of the season. Butler’s homer came in the seventh inning, which also scored Stephen Vogt. Butler now has 12 RBI this year. 

Butler is hitting .377/.433/.590.


Athletics DH Billy Butler bashes second homer in defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The Athletics were crushed Tuesday night by the Angels, but don't blame designated hitter Billy Butler. He was designated to hit and he did just that.

Butler provided the lone Oakland run with a third-inning homer to center. He added a single to give his team two of its five hits and improve his slash line to a robust .375/.435/.554. Butler has hit safely in 14 of 15 games to start the season.


Athletics' Billy Butler sets franchise record in loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler went 1 for 4 in his team's 6-1 loss to the Astros Wednesday.

Butler has picked up at least one hit in each of the first 10 games of the season, making him the first player in franchise history to open his A's career with a hit in 10 straight games, per CSNBayArea.com. With Wednesday's single, he has hit .359/.405/.513 with one home run and six RBI in 39 at-bats.


Lawrie, Semien, Butler all hit home runs Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie, short stop Marcus Semien and designated hitter Billy Butler all collected their first home runs of the season during Monday's 8-1 win over the Astros.

"One through nine, you never know what can happen, any given day," Lawrie said, per MLB.com. "We've been stringing hits together, and when you can do that you can be loose and just play and not worry too much. You know someone's going to pick you up. It's good to know anyone who gets in the box can do some damage."

All three home runs came of pitcher Scott Feldman. The home runs were the only hits for Lawrie and Butler, with Semien going 2 for 4.


Billy Butler riding seven-game hitting streak for Athletics


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler has started the season with a seven game hitting streak. Going back to 2014, Butler has hit in 10 straight. 

Butler has two doubles, two RBI and three multi-hit games. His batting average stands at .407 with an OPS of .948.


Athletics' Melvin: Ike Davis likely to platoon with Billy Butler


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Wednesday that first baseman Ike Davis would likely only start against right-handed pitching and will begin the season in a platoon with Billy Butler, MLB.com reports.

"We start out a certain way, and then if things transpire, we change our minds," Melvin said. "But we're all about trying to get the best lineup out there on a particular day."

Davis took 92 percent of his at-bats against right-handed pitching last season.

"It is what it is -- just have to play the game when they tell you to play the game," Davis said of the planned platoon. "I had some success platooning last year, so I hope to build on it and continue getting better.''

Davis is in the midst of a fine spring, going 11 for 22 and drawing three walks.


Billy Butler looking to be force in A's lineup, drive in a lot of runs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler has seen a decline in power the last two seasons and belted just nine home runs in 2014, which was his lowest total since hitting eight as a rookie in 2007.

Now that he is in his first year with Oakland, Butler is looking to restore his power swing and help the A's chase a World Series title.

"I was brought in to be a middle-of-the-order bat and to be a force in the lineup -- to drive in a lot of runs," Butler said, per MLB.com. "Extra-base hits are big for guys in the lineup. [While I'm not aiming for] any certain numbers ... run production is a big part [of] me contributing to this team.

"I'm out to prove that I'm a valuable piece [of] a championship team. I'm a little sour the Giants beat me in the World Series. It's the Bay Area, [so I want to] go get the [Bay Bridge Series] when we play them this year. So I'm excited for that."


A's DH Billy Butler back in lineup after sitting out with stomach illness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler was back in the spring lineup Thursday against the Cubs after sitting out Wednesday due to a stomach illness.

“It was a bad 24-hour bug,’’ Butler said, per the Bay Area News Group. “It was nasty. But I’m OK now, good to go.’’


A's DH Billy Butler takes a seat Wednesday due to stomach bug


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler was not in the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against San Francisco because of a stomach bug, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Matt Olson will take his spot as the team's designated hitter.

Butler signed a three-year deal with the A's in the offseason. He hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year for the Royals.

A's still planning to use Davis at 1B, Butler at DH vs. RHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday he still views Billy Butler as the primary DH against right-handed pitchers, per the San Francisco Chronicle. He added Butler will also play some first base against left-handed pitchers, but Ike Davis will see most of the playing time at first base vs. right-handers.