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Butler continues to produce runs in spring


GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- So far Billy Butler is looking very much like, well, Billy Butler.

For the second straight game, Butler drove in three runs, and this time cracked a home run in the Royals' 4-1 victory over the Indians. The home run came in the fifth against Giovanni Soto, a left-hander.

"I missed a couple pitches earlier over-swinging on that at-bat," Butler said. "Then I calmed down and took a normal two-strike swing."

The 3-2 pitch wound up in the left-field bullpen.

That gives Butler a .400 (4-for-10) average with six RBIs in four games.

"Billy hits the ball," manager Ned Yost said. "It doesn't matter if it's early, late, spring -- it doesn't matter. Billy just hits the ball. He's just that type of player."

All his hits and RBIs have come in the last two days.

Butler had ample help against the Indians. Eric Hosmer walked twice, scored twice and had a run-scoring triple. Jarrod Dyson singled, walked twice, stole two bases and scored a run.

"We're looking for Dice to get on base so he can create some havoc and confusion out there and make the pitchers and the defense on their toes and take their focus off what's going on at the plate," Yost said. "That's what he does best."

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