Butler Did It
Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals rounds the bases after hitting a 3-run home run during the 8th inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox on May 8, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Royals Rally in the 8th for Win, Sox Season Slip Sliding Away

Kansas City 6, Boston 4 | No Finishing Touch for Red Sox
Gonzo Hits Just Enough to Get Everyone Off His Back for a Day
Vaunted Red Sox Offense Puts up Goose eggs from the Sixth Inning On
Middlebrooks Cramp Puts Damper on Fast Start for Youk's Replacement
Will He or Won't He Be Able to Stay in the Lineup the Rest of the Way?
Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Matt Albers Blowing the Save

"I thought [Bard] was in complete control of the game." -- Bobby V... wrong again

Let's play the player game:

Player A is Dustin Pedroia. He's the third best hitting second baseman in Major League Baseball (.309/.384/.504), 4 home runs, plays flawless defense, 14 walks against 15 strikeouts, makes $8 million this season.

Player B is Adrian Gonzalez. He's the 12th best hitting first baseman in Major League Baseball (.280/.343/.390), 2 home runs, 12 walks against 24 strikeouts, makes $21 million this season.

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Red Sox end losing streak > Shaughnessy: Debunking myths about the 2014 Red Sox > Cherington: Everyone needs to get better

Boston Herald:

Ortiz, Red Sox bats break out to end losing streak > Buchholz still bewildered > Memory loss haunting Red Sox

ProJo:

Lester was once a good hitter, now heading toward dubious record > Travis Shaw brings hot bat to Pawtucket > Ranaudo shines > Betts not a candidate for Boston, yet

NY Post:

St. Louis lets Ozzie Smith bid Jeter goodbye > Yanks prevail in extras again > Nonsense leads off in MLB broadcasts > Beltran elbow on mend

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