Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler was named Co-American League Player of the Week with Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ervin Santana today.
Butler batted .406 (13-for-32) from July 25-31 in seven games on the Royals road trip, hitting five home runs and driving in 12. He added a pair of doubles and scored six times, slugging .938 for the week as the Royals went 4-3 at Boston and Cleveland.
The award was Butler’s third of his career, as he earned the honor from August 3-9, 2009 and September 7-13, 2009. The Player of the Week award was Kansas City’s first of 2011, the first since Brayan Pena on September 6-12, 2010 and the 71st time a Royal has earned the honor.
Santana tossed his first career no-hitter at Cleveland on July 27, striking out 10 and walking one.