Ortiz steps aside for Billy Butler in All-Star Game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - David Ortiz may have won as many fans as Robinson Cano lost this week in Kansas City.

Ortiz, the Red Sox designated hitter who was voted in as the American League starter in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, urged American League Manager Ron Washington to let him step aside after two at-bats to let the Royals' Billy Butler take his place.

News outlets initially reported that Ortiz said he would take only one at-bat in the game . He ended up taking two, resulting in some boos when he stepped up the second time, but Butler was greeted by loud cheers as he stepped into the on-deck circle with one out in the sixth-inning.

"Washington wanted me to take a third at-bat," Ortiz said after leaving the game, "but I said, `Let my boy come in for his fans."'

A double-play ended the AL sixth, so Butler got another ovation when he led off the seventh.

Butler fell down 0-2 in the count, but then hit the ball hard, but right at third baseman David Wright, who threw Butler out at first.

"I hit it hard," Butler said after the game. "I just hit it right at him."

He struck out at his second and final at-bat in the ninth inning.

"I was just looking for one at bat, and I got two," Butler said. "I was very happy to get two."

Butler's presence - or lack thereof - during All-Star Week has been a sore spot for Kansas Citians. Cano rankled local fans when he reneged on what seemed like a promise to some to pick a Royals player for his Home Run Derby team, choosing Prince Fielder over Butler.

Fielder ended up winning the Derby on Monday.

Cano was booed repeatedly when he took the plate during the Derby, and again when he was announced during the All-Star Game. The booing led to scrutiny from the national media, including the Foxsports.com headline calling Kansas City fans "Royal jerks."

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