Royals drop Tigers for third straight win
Picking on three different pitchers Wednesday night, Butler doubled three times for a club-record fourth time this season to help the Kansas City
According to STATS LLC, the 23-year-old first baseman is the first player since at least 1954 to have four games with three or more doubles in a season.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt how talented he is,”
Butler had two RBIs in his fifth straight multihit game, backing another strong start by
Tejeda matched his career high with eight strikeouts and allowed just three hits. The right-hander, who was in the bullpen all year until making an emergency start last week, has struck out 25 during a 19-inning scoreless streak that probably will earn him a tryout for next year’s rotation.
“I think I still have a long time in my career,” he said. “If I can just finish as a starter, I’m going to be very happy and proud. I’m going to try to work the most I can in the offseason, the same I’m doing right now, and try to be ready for spring training and try to win a spot.”
Verlander (16-8) struck out eight in six innings, allowing one run and six hits. He set the
“He was throwing very hard and had tremendous stuff,” Butler said. “He was almost throwing through his stuff.”
Verlander scuffled most of the game and missed a chance to become the
“I did all I could with what I had,” he said. “I wasn’t very good at any aspects of the game. The fastball control wasn’t there. My breaking ball was horrible. My changeup was decent and that’s about it. Tejeda threw the ball very well and the rest of the bullpen did the rest.”
Butler hit his 43rd double with two out in the third and scored on
“Before this week, I felt like whenever I was squaring balls up I was hitting them at people,” said Butler, who raised his average to .304. “I was swinging at pitches out of the zone. But you go through that in a 162-game season. I’m not doing anything different. I’m just focused and locked in more, looking for my pitch and being selective.”
“He’s a tremendous young hitter,” he said. “He’s one of the best young hitters in the American League.”
Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the ninth on a walk and two singles off