04/13/2013 6:50 PM ET
Butler looks to hit it big with barbecue sauce
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- There's a reason that Billy Butler's nickname is Country Breakfast.
He's a food connoisseur, including of that Kansas City favorite, barbecue.
"Yes, I am. I definitely enjoy my barbecue. So does everyone here in Kansas City, right?" Butler said.
So now, Butler has his own brand of barbecue sauce, "Billy's Hit It A Ton Barbecue Sauce," now in area grocery stores.
"I figured barbecue sauce would be a hit around here, because of how passionate everybody is about it," he said.
All the profits will go to Butler's favorite charity, the Bishop Sullivan Center and St. James Place which feeds the hungry of Kansas City. In his "Hit It A Ton" campaign, Butler and corporate sponsors finance one ton of food for every home run he hits and a half-ton for every double.
The barbecue sauce is made by Zarda, a local company.
"You'll see my big mug on it and you'll know you found it," Butler said. "The size of the picture might not have helped me out."
Butler hopes to have the sauce packaged in plastic bottles as well as glass, so it can be sold at Kauffman Stadium. No glass containers allowed there.
Now, Butler is thinking beyond barbecue sauce.
"Next thing you know, I'm going to have to break into the breakfast business," he said.
It'd be a natural: Billy's Country Breakfast Diner.
Hosmer nursing tightness in right quadriceps
KANSAS CITY -- First baseman Eric Hosmer was held out of the Royals' starting lineup on Saturday night because of tightness in his right quadriceps.
Hosmer had the same ailment during Spring Training and it resurfaced this week in the cold and wet weather during a series against the Minnesota Twins.
"It's going to be cold again tonight. I'm going to sit him and play him again [Sunday], when it's warm," manager Ned Yost said. "I don't want to take any chances with that flaring up. It's just tight, he didn't pull it."
Hosmer also sat out Friday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but that ostensibly was to get a right-handed batter, Miguel Tejada, some playing time and in the lineup against a left-handed pitcher.
On Saturday night, Billy Butler started at first base, and Yost said that Hosmer might be available as a late-inning defensive replacement.
With the designated hitter slot opened by Butler's move, Lorenzo Cain took over as the designated hitter and Jarrod Dyson took Cain's usual position in center field. Yost wants to reduce the wear-and-tear on Cain's legs which were wracked by three different injuries last season.
"Cain's done phenomenally well with his legs. But we're still trying to find ways to keep him off his legs. Just give him a break here, a break there and he's just looked great running," Yost said.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas'.176 batting average led to another lineup change; he was dropped into the sixth spot in the batting order. He'd been fourth and was moved to fifth on Friday night when, in an 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays, he walked and popped out three times to third base.
"We need a little more production in the middle of that lineup and Moose, in my opinion, is going to be a big-time producer for us," Yost said. "But right now, he's struggling a little bit so we'll drop him down, let him get his feet on the ground, get rolling and we'll get him right back up in there."
Catcher Salvador Perez was in the cleanup spot behind Butler.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.