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Athletics place Billy Butler on the seven-day concussion disabled list


The Athletics have placed DH Billy Butler on the seven-day concussion disabled list, John Shea of The San Francisco Chronicle reports. The club has recalled utilityman Arismendy Alcantara from Triple-A Nashville.

Butler suffered the concussion when he was punched in the temple during an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. He was absent from Saturday and Sunday’s lineup, as well as Monday’s after dealing with nausea and vomiting — symptoms of a concussion.

Butler, 30, has hit .286/.338/.419 with four home runs and 30 RBI over 228 plate appearances in his second season with the Athletics.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.