June 3, 2013 11:02 AM

Why pitchers like to walk the Royals' Billy Butler

There are at least three reasons for a pitcher to walk Billy Butler: 1. Butler is a very good hitter who can do some damage if you give him a pitch to hit. 2. The Royals generally haven’t had anyone hitting behind him who can make you pay for walking Butler. 3. Butler clogs the bases. And you can’t find a better example than the second inning of Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Rangers.

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