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Edwin Encarnacion beats fifth at the Yankees



Edwin Encarnacion will debut with the Yankees in the midst of the batting order.

Yankee Stadium fans will get a first glimpse of Encarnacion, which places him in fifth place in the lineup as a designated hitter against the Rays. Encarnacion, who leads the AL with 21 homers, slips into an already solid order with DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez preceding him.

The triple star player has come to the Bronx since the Seattle Mariners in exchange for potential forward Juan Then. Encarnacion has hit .241 / .356 / .531 in 65 games so far this season, and has just hit his 400th career homerun. Since 2017, he has recorded 125 OPS +.

With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton coming back from injury, the addition of the 36-year-old slugger could give even more offensive impetus.

"We are going to hit a lot of circuits and win a lot of games as well," Encarnacion said Monday.


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