And, making his Major League debut…

Well, it’s a new day…a new month…a new game…a new face in left field…

Yup, you read right. Straight from Omaha to Kauffman Stadium’s outfield grass, Billy Butler is making his Major League debut – batting seventh and playing left – in tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

In 25 games with Triple-A Omaha this season, Butler batted .337 (30-80) with 19 runs scored, four doubles, six home runs and 23 RBI. He collected 18 walks, while striking out just 12 times. Before Butler got the call up, which he celebrated this morning by calling Wichita pal Alex Gordon, the Royals placed Ryan Shealy on the D.L. – he pulled his hamstring in Monday night’s game – and also brought up left-hander Neal Musser, while sending right-hander Ryan Braun down to Omaha in a corresponding move.

Here’s the lineups…

For the Royals:
DeJesus – CF
German – 2B
Teahen – RF
Sweeney – DH
Gload – 1B
Gordon – 3B
Butler – LF
Buck – C
Pena – SS
Greinke – P

For the Angels:
Matthews – CF
Willits – LF
Cabrera – SS
Guerrero – RF
Kotchman – 1B
Hillenbrand – DH
Aybar – 2B
Molina – C
Figgins – 3B
Colon – P

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a new era has begun

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