ARLINGTON -- When Billy Butler was reminded before Saturday night's game that he had not grounded into a double play, he threw up his hands and went into the no-talk zone.
No sense in jinxing himself. After all, last season he set a Royals club record and led the Majors by rapping into 32 double plays.
One reason could be that the Royals are sending more runners into motion ahead of him. But it's not the result of anything that hitting coach Kevin Seitzer has changed with Butler.
"You don't change a great swing, you don't tell a great hitter to do something different. The guy doesn't strike out every much, he hits the ball hard and he can't run a lick, and that results in double plays," Seitzer said.