Royals slugger reaches milestone -

Royals slugger reaches milestone

(BaseballStL) -- A double to the left field gap in the first inning on Tuesday was hit No. 1,000 for Kansas City Royals slugger Billy Butler.

Butler, 27, reached the milestone in his 902nd game played, all with the Royals.

He also became the ninth player to reach the milestone in a Royals uniform. The others include George Brett (3,154), Frank White (2,006), Amos Otis (1,977), Willie Wilson (1,968), Hal McRae (1,924), Mike Sweeney (1,398), Joe Randa (1,084) and Fred Patek (1,036).

A first-time All-Star last season, Butler posted his best statistical season in his seven years as a big leaguer. He set career-highs in hits (192), home runs (29), RBI (107), games played (161) and plate appearances (679).

Butler has 43 hits, including five home runs, and 30 RBI with a .269 batting average in 49 games this season.

He was the 14th overall pick of the 2004 draft.

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