Billy Butler back in funk and back on bench
by Marty Gitlin |
(5:17 pm ET) Ned Yost said after Billy Butler tore it up against Cleveland last weekend that the designated hitter would be in the lineup for the Royals as long as he continued to hit.

Well, Butler did not continue to hit this week and is out of the lineup for the Thursday night game against Minnesota. Butler is hitless in the first two games of the series. His stat line sits at a mediocre .271/.323/.366.

Chris Carter returns from illness Thursday
by Chris Towers |
(5:01 pm ET) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter is back in the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays, afterhe was forced out Wednesday due to an illness.

Carter is in his usual spot, batting third and serving as the DH after his one-day absence. 

Adam Dunn slugs 17th home run Wednesday
by R.J. White |
(7/30/2014) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-2 loss to the Tigers Wednesday.

Dunn has homered in back-to-back games against the Tigers, and he's swatted five home runs in July to match his season high for monthly home-run production. He has hit .230/.362/.450 with 17 home runs and 44 RBI in 300 at-bats.

Astros could be active at trade deadline
by Michael Hurcomb |
(7/30/2014) The Astros are looking to trade DH Chris Carter, according to the New York Post. Carter is batting .212 with 111 strikeouts in 92 games, but he has 21 homers and is slugging .474.

The Post reports the Astros would also be willing to listen to trade offers for starting pitchers Jarred Cosart, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh.

David Ortiz set to sit Wednesday against lefty
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/30/2014) A matchup against Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle has Red Sox slugger David Ortiz out of the lineup Wednesday. Mike Napoli is to serve as the designated hitter instead.

Ortiz has been on a power surge with five home runs in the last nine games.

Illness costs Chris Carter lineup spot against Athletics
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/30/2014) Astros outfielder Chris Carter, who has slumped a bit after a hot streak, has been scratched from the Wednesday afternoon lineup against visiting Oakland with an illness.

Carter has one hit in his last 12 at-bats, is on a roll in general with two home runs and nine RBI in his last nine games.

Adam Dunn homers, strikes out twice in win
by Chris Towers |
(7/30/2014) White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn had another all-or-nothing game Tuesday, in an 11-4 win over the Tigers.

Dunn had just one hit as he went 1 for 4 in the win, but he made it count. Dunn slugged a solo home run in the seventh inning, and added one walk while striking out twice.

Dunn now has 16 home runs and 43 RBI, while also ranking third in the American League in walks with 61. He is hitting .230/.364/.443 in 206 at-bats overall. 

Ned Yost: Billy Butler is our DH if he continues to hit
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/30/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is still under the miscroscope despite his recent surge. He must keep hitting to remain a starter.

"If Billy keeps hitting, Billy's going to DH," Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star.

Butler played the role of hero in the weekend series against Cleveland with six hits, including two home runs, and five RBI to help his team win three of four. But he took the collar Tuesday night.

Pain in foot a setback for Adam Lind in rehab
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/29/2014) Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind felt pain in his foot while running, a development that has pushed back his timetable for returning from an injury that landed him on the disabled list.

Lind, who is in Florida rehabbing from a broken foot, was anticipating rejoining the Blue Jays as early as Thursday. He has not played since July 7.

Chris Carter launches three-run blast in win over A's
by Igor Mello |
(7/29/2014) Astros designated hitter Chris Carter made his presence felt with just one swing of the bat Monday night at home against the A's.

Carter smacked a three-run home run in the third inning to give his team an early lead. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in a 7-3 victory. He owns a .214/.292/.479 slash line with 21 homers and 49 RBI in 309 at-bats.

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