Pujols took Chris Archer deep for a solo home in the fourth inning. It was his 534th home run, tying Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for 17th on the all-time list. Pujols came short on another multi-homer game with a warning track shot to deep center that was tracked down by Mikie Mahtook to end the eighth inning.
He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 6-1 defeat. He is hitting .254 with 14 homers, 27 RBI and a .303 on-base percentage this season.Analysis:
Encarnacion did not play in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals and isn't in the lineup for the second game. He's endured a 1-for-24 slump of late, though it's unknown how much this leg injury played a part of that.
Encarnacion is hitting .216 with 12 home runs this season.Analysis:
"The swelling has decreased," general manager Rick Hahn said, per MLB.com. "He still has a little bit of a bruise on the finger below the knuckle that hasn't completely resolved itself. We're going to hold him out today, keep him away from activity again today, but hopefully tomorrow start ramping up again and hopefully have him back out there in the not-too-distant future. It's just not quite to the spot where we want to put him out there in games."
"You could send him out there and one swing could probably send him back five more days," Ventura said. "It's gotten a lot better than it was in Houston. It's just not to a point where I'm comfortable having him go out there and swing full-time in a game."
Abreu is batting .293 with one triple, three doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI in his last 25 games.Analysis:
Teixeira is batting .303 (20 for 66) with four doubles, six home runs, 13 RBI, nine walks and 16 strikeouts in his career against Hernandez, which included a grand slam during a 7-2 win Monday at Seattle.
“Felix is really good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, per The Journal News. “But so is Mark. I mean, Mark is a really good player.”
Teixeira is batting just .241 through 49 games, but he has already parked 15 home runs and is slugging .566. He also has a .358 on-base percentage.
In his case, Teixeira is having a resurgent season after a few injury plagued campaigns.
“I’m just very thankful,” Teixeira said. “I’m very thankful for the health and I just hope that continues. The first two months have been so far, so good. I want to continue it.”Analysis:
Smoak is getting the call over Edwin Encarnacion at first base after the team's regular first baseman went 1 for 24 over his last six games. Smoak has hit .266/.356/.438 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 64 at-bats. Thole is getting the call over Russell Martin to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
The Blue Jays are underdogs (+140) on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.Analysis:
With the hit, Morrison extended his hit streak to eight games, a stretch during which he's 10 for 29 with a double and four walks. The double was one of only two extra-base hits for Morrison since May 12, the last day on which he homered. The first baseman has hit .240/.321/.389 with six home runs and 14 RBI in 175 at-bats.Analysis:
Mauer opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first in which he actually reached base due to an error but didn't score. He then was able to help key his team's comeback from a 4-1 deficit in the sixth inning, ripping an RBI single before scoring on a game-tying homer by the next batter.
Mauer, who's in the midst of a four-game hitting streak, has hit .276/.332/.373 with one home run and 30 RBI in 185 at-bats.Analysis:
Davis has been sidelined since May 13 with a quad injury. He has hit .282/.348/.427 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 103 at-bats.Analysis:
The move opens a roster spot for Carlos Santana, who was activated from the paternity list in a corresponding move. Sands made just one appearance during his current stint with the Indians, going 1 for 1 with a walk and a two-run home run on Saturday.Analysis: