Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Orioles. His June renaissance continues, and Encarnacion is now hitting .370 (20-for-54) on the month with seven homers, 17 RBI and 20 runs in 16 games. Fantasy GMs who were patient with the veteran slugger through the first two months of the season, or who acquired him at a discount while he was struggling, are finally being amply rewarded.
Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with two home runs and all five of the team's RBI in Sunday's victory over Minnesota. The surging power hitter blasted a solo shot in the fourth inning off Kyle Gibson and tagged the pitcher again with a two-run blast in the sixth. Encarnacion added an RBI single and sac fly to bump his season total to 36 RBI. The veteran was hitting just .198 on May 15, but he left Minneapolis with a .261 average, 16 homers and .496 slugging percentage.
Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored Friday against the Twins. The 435-foot blast marked the sixth time in his previous seven plate appearances to that point that he had reached base. After a rather slow start to the season, he is hitting .289 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI since the start of May. Encarnacion is slashing .255/.368/.473 in 262 plate appearances this season.
Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored Friday in the Indians' 7-3 victory against the White Sox. After a slow start to 2017, it seems as if Encarnacion is turning a corner. Since May 16, he's slashing .319/.365/.609 with six home runs and 12 RBI in 74 plate appearances over 19 games.
Encarnacion (hip) will bat fifth in the DH spot for Friday's contest against the White Sox. Hindered by hip soreness, Encarnacion did not start in either game against the Rockies this week, but came in as a pinch hitter for Wednesday's series finale. The 34-year-old should be good to go after Thursday's day off.
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