Edwin Encarnacion putting together nice hit streak
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to six games Monday against the Rays with a 2-for-4 performance. Encarnacion scored a run and had his fifth double.
Encarnacion is batting .478 (11 for 23) with two home runs, three doubles, six runs and nine RBI during his six-game streak.
Edwin Encarnacion hits 12th home run
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion homered in the eighth inning off David Robertson Saturday in New York.
Encarnacion is tied for the American League with 12 homers. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and is batting .248. The 30-year-old Encarnacion has homered three times in his last 10 games with 10 RBI over that span.
Edwin Encarnacion hits 11th home run
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit his 11th home run Sunday against the Red Sox -- a solo shot off Ryan Dempster in the fifth inning. He finished 3 for 5 with a run, a strikeout and two RBI.
Encarnacion is batting .217 (10 for 46) with two home runs and seven RBI through 12 May games.
Edwin Encarnacion connects for first May home run
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion connected for his first home run in eight May games Wednesday at Tampa Bay. He finished 1 for 2 with two walks and three RBI.
After finishing April on a torrid stretch, batting .333 (10 for 30) with seven home runs and 12 RBI during an eight-game hitting streak, Encarnacion has gotten off to a sluggish start in May. He's batting .194 (6 for 31) with one home run, four RBI and four walks.
Edwin Encarnacion tossed Tuesday
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Rays after flipping his bat on a called third strike late in the game, the National Post reports.
Encarnacion went 1 for 4 in the game with a walk before leaving. He's batting .223 on the year. Encarnacion has homered nine times with 21 RBI.
Edwin Encarnacion can't avoid power outages
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion went 1 for 5 with a stolen base during Toronto's 8-7 victory at Tampa Bay Monday night. After bashing four homers in his last four games last month, Encarnacion has gone without a home run in the first six outings of May as his slugging percentage has dipped back under .500.
The veteran slugger has not been immune to extended stretches without going deep this season and his current run represents the third time he has gone at least six games without a home run.
No worries for Edwin Encarnacion
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) If it seems like not long ago that people were fretting about Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion that's because it was. Just a week ago, Nando Di Fino was telling Fantasy owners to be patient about the slow start that saw Encarnacion hit two home runs in his first 20 games. That patience has been rewarded with six home runs in his last seven games, to up his total to eight in the month of April. That matches his total from last April, despite the cold start.
Nobody is worried about Encarnacion now because that's just how quickly fortunes can change this early in the season. Encarnacion has had to convince Fantasy owners that his breakout 2012 season was no fluke, so his slow start drew more concern than it would for most players. But if you drafted him early, you need to ride with the highs and lows. Encarnacion is already knocking on the door of the top-five in Fantasy scoring among first baseman, and there should be no concerns about his play.
Edwin Encarnacion homers twice
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion homered twice Tuesday night as Toronto beat the Red Sox 9-7. Encarnacion has nine homers and 20 RBI.
Encarnacion had a two-run homer in the fifth inning off starter Jon Lester. He added another two-run shot in the seventh off Junichi Tazawa to give the Jays the lead for good.
Encarnacion finished 2 for 4 with four RBI and is batting .238. He has seven homers in the last seven games.
Edwin Encarnacion homers twice in losing effort
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Blue Jays infielder Edwin Encarnacion continued show his power at the plate, homering twice during Friday's contest against the Yankees. Encarnacion has homered for the fourth straight game and has five long balls over that span.
Encarnacion took starter Ivan Nova deep in the second for a solo home run and reliever David Phelps for another solo shot in the sixth. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 6-4 defeat. It was his first multi-home run game since July 14.
Encarnacion has gone 5 for 14 with five homers, five runs scored and eight RBI in his last four games. He is hitting .225 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in 89 at-bats.
Edwin Encarnacion homers for third straight game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013) Blue Jays infielder Edwin Encarnacion homered for the third consecutive game Thursday night against the Yankees.
Encarnacion took starter Hiroki Kuroda deep for a two-run shot in the opening frame. It was his only hit of the night as he finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI in a 5-3 defeat.
Encarnacion has gone 3 for 10 with three walks, three home runs, three runs scored and six RBI in his last three games. He is hitting .212/.309/.412 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 85 at-bats.
Edwin Encarnacion settling in offensively
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Blue Jays infielder Edwin Encarnacion led off the fourth inning Wednesday at Baltimore with a solo home run off Josh Stinson. Encarnacion was one of four Toronto batters to hit a home run off Stinson.
Encarnacion's fourth home run was his only hit in four at-bats. He also walked once. Encarnacion also homered Tuesday and three of his four home runs have come in the past 11 games. He's batting .308 (12 for 39) with eight RBI in his last 11 games.
Not much you can do with Edwin Encarnacion
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/23/2013) With Blue Jays first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion failing to carry over the momentum from his 42-home run 2012 (he's hitting .200 with two home runs and a .592 OPS), plenty of owners are beginning to feel like 2012 may have been a fluke, and not the start of something big.
At this point last year, Encarnacion was hitting .303 with four home runs and six doubles. And although he's always been a bit of a slow starter (.248 average and .762 OPS for his career in April/March), Encarnacion is striking out at a rate above his career pace and is failing to convert his fly balls into home runs -- his 9.5 percent HR/FB ratio is about half of what he did last year and is the third-lowest of his career. Even more disturbing is that Encarnacion is struggling despite playing 13 games at home (against seven on the road), after having favorable home splits last year, with a .284 average and 1.006 OPS at the Rogers Centre.
It's not like the team's hitting coach last year took off with John Farrell for Boston -- Dwayne Murphy has just been moved to first base -- so it may just be a typical slow start. You won't get full value for selling Encarnacion in a trade, and his owner probably won't be keen on trading the 39th player taken in drafts this year for below value. The best an owner can do is sit back, relax and wait for Encarnacion to turn things around.
Edwin Encarnacion slumping for Blue Jays
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion drove in a run on Sunday against the Yankees despite going hitless at the plate. He grounded into a fielder's choice in the first inning, scoring Munenori Kawasaki.
The Blue Jays' cleanup hitter was 0 for 4 in the game otherwise with a strikeout to drop his batting average to .197. Encarnacion has driven in eight runs on the year to go with two homers, but he's also struck out 15 times in 19 games.
Encarnacion has gone 0 for 12 in his last three games and 1 for 15 in his last four for Toronto.
Edwin Encarnacion goes yard in loss
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion blasted his second home run of the season on Sunday during a 3-2 loss at Kansas City. Encarnacion went deep in the sixth inning off starter Ervin Santana for a solo shot.
Encarnacion went 1 for 3 with a walk in the game overall and is now batting .133 on the year. The HR snapped an 0-for-7 stretch at the plate the previous two games.
That said, Encarnacion managed to avoid striking out for the first time this season Sunday. He had struck out at least once in every game prior and is up to 13 on the year.
Edwin Encarnacion needs to be 'patient'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Blue Jays cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion entered play Wednesday at Detroit mired in a 0-for-17 slump. Hitting coach Chad Mottola said Encarnacion's early season struggles are a result of him being away from the team this spring because of the World Baseball Classic and Encarnacion missing time due to a bruised finger, according to the Toronto Star.
"It's a pretty big combination of having few at-bats before the WBC, having the time off, probably six or seven at-bats before the season and wanting to hit 40 home runs," Mottola said. "He knows this. He needs to start being a little more patient, getting his pitch and be ready when his pitch comes. He wants to succeed like the rest of the team and it's almost a case of wanting it too bad."
Edwin Encarnacion hits first home run of season
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion connected for his first home run of the 2013 season in the Blue Jays' 10-8 win over the Indians Thursday night. It was Encarncion's only hit of the night and one of five Blue Jay home runs in the game.
It took Encarnacion until his fifth game to hit his first home run of his breakout 42-homer 2012 season. He can partially thank Indians starter Brett Myers, who served up four home runs in the game, for tallying a homer in his third game of this season.
Edwin Encarnacion ready for opener
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was unable to make much of an impact Friday against the Phillies. Encarnacion went 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout in a 1-0 victory.
He is 1 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI since returning to the lineup after injuring his right index finger during his final game of the World Baseball Classic. He is expected to be fine for opening day.
Edwin Encarnacion targeting Thursday return
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion took batting practice Tuesday, as expected, the National Post reports. Encarnacion reported that his finger feels good. "I just want to take one more day to make sure I'm ready to go," he said.
He is targeting Thursday to return to Grapefruit League action. The slugger hasn't played since spraining his right index finger during his final game of the World Baseball Classic.
Edwin Encarnacion almost ready for BP
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hopes to resume taking batting practice Tuesday, reports MLB.com. The slugger hasn't played since spraining his right index finger during his final game of the World Baseball Classic.
Encarnacio has been hitting off a tee recently, but has not appeared in a game since the injury. He should be ready for opening day for the Blue Jays, however.
"I feel good, I just need to start playing again and I'm going to be all right," Encarnacion said. "I just want to make sure I'll be ready, I don't want to start playing early and get worse. I want to make sure that when I start playing, I want to be 100 percent."
Edwin Encarnacion WBC on hold for now
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/22/2013) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion had his return from the World Baseball Classic delayed Thursday because of a swollen finger. Encarnacion suffered the injury in the final at-bat of the WBC championship game against Puerto Rico. He is listed as day to day.
"I guess his last at-bat the other night, he hit a ball off the end of his bat and it kind of jarred his index finger," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, per MLB.com. "It swelled up a little bit and it was kind of irritated. They X-rayed it [Thursday] and everything is fine, but he won't be playing for a couple of days. No concern. Plus he's had plenty of work lately."
Encarnacion sticking to same routine
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (2/16/2013) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion told MLB.com Saturday that he is using the same routine this offseason in the hopes of maintaining the same production at the plate this season. "Just have to try to be the same guy I was last year," Encarnacion said. Encarnacion finished just two home runs behind Miguel Cabrera for the league lead.