Billy Butler is in the lineup for the KC Royals for Friday’s game against the Boston Red Sox (7:10 p.m. on Fox Sports KC). Manager Ned Yost said Josh Willingham has a groin strain. Butler has just two hits in his last 25 at-bats.
If the rain doesn’t ruin the evening, Josh Willingham will be the designated hitter again for the Royals on Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers (6:05 p.m. on Fox Sports KC). He will also bat cleanup.