Royals' Butler picked as AL player of the week

Finally, a little bit of good news for the Royals. First baseman Billy Butler was picked Monday as the American League player of the week after batting .538 and posting six consecutive multi-hit games for the week ending Sunday.

It is the first weekly award in Butler’s career. He is the first Royals’ player to win the honor since pitcher Zack Greinke shared the April 13-19 award with Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler.

The last Royals position player to win the award was shortstop Mike Aviles, who shared the July 28-Aug. 3, 2008 honor with New York outfielder Xavier Nady.

Butler went 14 for 26 in raising his average from .286 to .302. He had five doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs while compiling a .962 slugging percentage and .563 on-base percentage.

Others who received votes from a national media panel were New York outfielder Johnny Damon, Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer, Oakland outfielder Rajai Davis and Boston pitcher Jon Lester.

Butler will receive a Swiss Tourneau luxury timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his award.