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Report: Billy Butler injured in clubhouse “altercation” with teammate Danny Valencia

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Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Athletics DH Billy Butler was injured in a clubhouse altercation with teammate Danny Valencia. Butler has been absent for the last two games and Valencia was not in Sunday’s lineup, either.

The Athletics have been pretty mum about the issue, as expected. Valencia would only offer a “no comment,” and added, “What happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse.”

Manager Bob Melvin told the media on Saturday that Butler was out with nausea and vomiting, but specifically said that he wasn’t suffering from the flu. Slusser then notes that nausea and vomiting are symptoms of a concussion.

Slusser also points out that Butler and Valencia, who were also teammates with the Royals in 2014, are “known to engage in a great deal of loud banter in the clubhouse and on the field.”

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, we should soon hear more details about what happened. Right now, it’s not a good look for the Athletics.

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.