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Butler named AL Co-Player of Week

Butler named AL Co-Player of Week

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Butler named AL Co-Player of Week
A torrid week at the plate earned Royals designated hitter Billy Butler American League Co-Player of the Week honors for the period ending Sunday.

Butler, who hit .406 (13-for-32) with two doubles, five home runs and 12 RBIs in seven games, is sharing the award with the Angels' Ervin Santana, who threw a no-hitter on Wednesday against the Indians.

The home runs for Butler came on four consecutive days, a career best for the 25-year-old. Butler finished a triple shy of the cycle on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs in a high-powered offensive game that Kansas City dropped, 13-9, to Boston. Butler's hitting was the difference two days later, as his three-run homer played a big role in the Royals' 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

Butler unleashed two more home runs on Friday in Cleveland, the fifth multihomer game of his five-year career, and his first since September 2009. Butler won the weekly award twice before, in August and September 2009.

On the season, Butler has a .295/.376/.455 line, with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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