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Adjustment by Butler results in three-hit game

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KANSAS CITY -- Billy Butler's first three-hit game of the season on Sunday came after hitting coach Pedro Grifol straightened out a flaw in the designated hitter's swing, according to manager Ned Yost.

"He just had a little mechanical adjustment that he needed to make," Yost said. "He and Pedro figured out what it was a couple of days ago, and he's swinging the bat much better ever since.

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KANSAS CITY -- Billy Butler's first three-hit game of the season on Sunday came after hitting coach Pedro Grifol straightened out a flaw in the designated hitter's swing, according to manager Ned Yost.

"He just had a little mechanical adjustment that he needed to make," Yost said. "He and Pedro figured out what it was a couple of days ago, and he's swinging the bat much better ever since.

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"His back elbow was kind of coming out and around, and now he's keeping it tucked underneath him and driving it. It's a very simple adjustment, but it's paid pretty good dividends."

It paid off again on Monday night as Butler went 3-for-5 in a 7-6 loss to the White Sox. That makes him 7-for-13 in the last three games.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com.

Kansas City Royals, Billy Butler