Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnación clubbed a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Angels, boosting his team’s lead to 7-1. Not only did that mark his second dinger of the day, it gave him 400 for his career, becoming the 56th member of the 400-homer club.
After the blast, the 36-year-old Encarnación is now hitting .246/.357/.534 with 20 homers, 46 RBI, and 46 runs scored in 277 plate appearances this season. He is potentially in the last year of his three-year contract, but his controlling team — which may not be the Mariners once August begins — holds a $20 million club option for the 2020 season.
Encarnación seems poised for an eighth consecutive 30-homer season. If he’s able to keep it up for another three years, which is a big ask, he could even make it into the more exclusive 500-homer club, which boasts only 27 members.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.