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Encarnacion, Yanks open key set vs. Rays

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

At some point on Monday, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will write Edwin Encarnacion's name into his lineup card as the designated hitter.

The slot Encarnacion occupies in a powerful batting order will be revealed sometime Monday afternoon but Boone and the rest of the Yankees are excited about adding the American League home run leader as they host the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the American League East.

Encarnacion was acquired from the Seattle Mariners Saturday and will join the Yankees Monday for the start of a 10-game homestand against Tampa Bay, Houston and Toronto.


Red Sox put win streak on line vs. Twins

The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox are a season-best five games above .500.

The Red Sox will try to stretch their winning streak to a season-long six games when they open a three-game series on Monday against the host Minnesota Twins, owners of the best record in the majors.


Surging Braves hand ball to Soroka

The Atlanta Braves will lean on rookie pitcher Mike Soroka to help keep the team's hot streak intact on Monday, when they open a three-game home series against the New York Mets.

The Braves are 6-1 on their current homestand after taking two of three games from the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta has won nine of its last 10 games, including Sunday's 15-1 win.


Padres, Rockies score 92 runs in 4 games

DENVER (AP) In a historically high-scoring series, the outcome was decided by a pinch-hitting pitcher.

On a bases-loaded walk, no less, off a starter who was making his first major league relief appearance.


Dodgers score late, win 3 of 4 from Cubs

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kenley Jansen sent a late-night text to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after his blown save against the Cubs.

"I wanted the ball after what happened last night," the closer said. "I really wanted to face them again."


Adams' 7 RBIs help Nats rout D-backs

WASHINGTON (AP) Three years ago, Matt Adams' dad initiated a holiday tradition with his slugging son: No matter where Adams was playing, he would be in the stadium on Father's Day.

Jamie Adams got a big payoff for his roughly three-hour drive from Pennsylvania this year.


Thornton blanks ex-team, Jays rip Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Trent Thornton was looking forward to Sunday's game against the Astros since he was traded to Toronto in the offseason.

He delivered arguably his best start of the season.


Brewers avoid 3-game sweep vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Sometimes, even veterans get nervous.

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Matt Albers acknowledged he had to shake off jitters when he inherited a base-loaded, no-outs situation in a crucial spot Sunday.


Mariners score 4 in 8th to rally by A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Mike Leake has found the consistency he was looking for earlier in the season. Seattle manager Scott Servais is hoping the rest of his club can do the same after the Mariners spent the past two weeks reshaping their roster and trading away a couple top power hitters.

Leake matched his season high with seven strikeouts in seven innings - his fourth consecutive start of seven innings or more - and Seattle rallied with four runs in the eighth inning to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Sunday.

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