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Billy Butler returns to lineup as Royals begin critical series in Detroit

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (16) celebrated his solo home run with teammate Josh Willingham (7) during the second inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Aug. 22, 2014, in in Arlington, Texas.
Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (16) celebrated his solo home run with teammate Josh Willingham (7) during the second inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Aug. 22, 2014, in in Arlington, Texas. The Associated Press

After two days off in The Bronx, Billy Butler is back in the Royals lineup. They’ll need his bat as they square off with the Tigers this week.

Here are the lineups as Jeremy Guthrie (10-10, 4.31 ERA) faces Justin Verlander (12-12, 4.80 ERA):

ROYALS (79-62)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Omar Infante, 2B.

3. Alex Gordon, LF.

4. Salvador Perez, C.

5. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

6. Billy Butler, DH.

7. Mike Moustakas, 3B.

8. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

9. Alcides Escobar, SS.

TIGERS (78-65)

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B.

2. Torii Hunter, RF.

3. Miguel Cabrera, DH.

4. Victor Martinez, 1B.

5. J.D. Martinez, LF.

6. Don Kelly, CF.

7. Nick Castellanos, 3B.

8. Alex Avila, C.

9. Andrew Romine, SS.

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