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Encarnacion thrives in DH role

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--DH Edwin Encarnacion was 1-for-3 with a walk and a homer in Friday's 7-6 loss at Minnesota and is batting .280 (28-for-100) with nine homers and 23 RBI in 26 games as designated hitter. When he plays in the field, the batting average has dropped. In six games as a first baseman his batting average is .227 (5-for-22) but he has two homers and six RBI. In his one game at third base he is batting .250 (1-for-4).

--SS Yunel Escobar had his second four-hit game of the season in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Twins, which equals his career-best. He has had four hits in a game 10 times in his career. Although he was 0-for-5 in Friday's 7-6 loss at Minnesota, he has reached base safely in 12 of his past 14 games and is batting .309 (17-for-55) in that span.

--RHP Drew Hutchison takes a 1-1 record with an earned-run average of 6.65 into his fifth major league Saturday at Minnesota. Hitters have done better against hit the 21-year-old the more they have seen him. He has held hitters to a .206 batting average the first time he has faced hitters in a start. The batting average to .375 the second time to .400 the third time in a game that hitters have seen him.

--CF Colby Rasmus was 1-for-4 with one RBI in Friday's 7-6 loss at Minnesota and is batting .194 (6-for-31) with no home runs and three RBI in his first 10 games of May. But has walked five times (two intentional) to bring his on-base percentage to .306.

--1B Adam Lind was moved from batting mostly fourth in the batting order, and sometimes fifth, to batting eighth earlier this week. He batted eighth for the third game in a row in Friday's 7-6 loss at Minnesota. Lind was 0-for-2 with a walk before suffering another indignity. OF Ben Francisco batted for him against LHP Glen Perkins with a runner at third and two out in the eighth. Francisco ended the inning with a fly to left but Lind's stock continues to plummet. He is batting .187 with three homers and 10 RBI.

BY THE NUMBERS
34 -- Consecutive games in which the Blue Jays' starters pitched at least five innings dating to Sept. 27, 2011 It came to an end on Friday 7-6 loss when RHP Kyle Drabek allowed four hits, four walks and three runs to the Twins in 4 1/3 innings. The club record is 43 from May 5-June 21, 1996.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We don't consider being thrown out a mistake. We consider that pushing the envelope and sometimes it works and it's going to work more than it doesn't." -- Third-base coach Brian Butterfield on the Blue Jays' aggressiveness on the bases.

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