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Ned Yost gives Royals DH Billy Butler day off to ‘mentally relax a little bit’

The Royals Billy Butler got Sunday off against the Yankees in New York.
The Royals Billy Butler got Sunday off against the Yankees in New York. AP

Royals manager Ned Yost started Josh Willingham at designated hitter for the second day in a row on Sunday. One of his reasons was he wanted to give Billy Butler "a day off to mentally relax a little bit. He’s been grinding really hard."

Butler has batted .182 in his last 10 games. He posted one extra-base hit during that stretch.

"He’s been grinding," Yost said. "Every one in a while, you just need to catch your breath."

Here is the lineup as Yordano Ventura (11-9, 3.38 ERA) faces Shane Greene (4-2, 3.88 ERA):

ROYALS (78-62)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Alex Gordon, LF.

4. Salvador Perez, C.

5. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

6. Josh Willingham, DH.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Alcides Escobar, SS.

9. Jarrod Dyson, CF.

FROM THE STAR

One pitch from Danny Duffy cast a pall over the Royals’ day – and, perhaps, their September. He is headed for an MRI today.

Brandon Finnegan impressed in his big-league debut.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

65.3 percent.

THE LEAD ON DETROIT IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Two games.

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

"New York Crunch" by Sundials.

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