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Eric Hosmer defends Danny Valencia after reported incident with Billy Butler

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler (right) celebrated with Danny Valencia (middle) and Brett Lawrie, who scored on this three-run home run during a game last September.
Oakland Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler (right) celebrated with Danny Valencia (middle) and Brett Lawrie, who scored on this three-run home run during a game last September. The Associated Press

According to Susan Slusser, former Royal/current Oakland A’s player Billy Butler was injured by former Royal/current Oakland A’s player Danny Valencia after the two scuffled ... because of shoes.

Slusser, who broke the story, reported that “Butler informed an equipment representative that Valencia had not, in fact, been wearing the spikes that Valencia had told the representative that he was using.”

Although Valencia wasn’t hurt, he took a beating on social media. For example:

But Eric Hosmer, one of Valencia’s former teammates with the Royals, stepped up and defended Valencia:

Coco Crisp, a former Royal who is now with the Oakland A’s, also had good things to say about Valencia:

It will be interesting to see what other details emerge from the scuffle between the A’s players.

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Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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