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May 9, 2014

What You Need to Know

Blue Jays Blasts

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway
It’s no secret that the Rockies lead the league in hitting and home runs. But after lighting up the Rogers Centre last night, the Blue Jays—who’ve played two fewer games than the Rockies—are right on their tails.

Now a member of the Phillies, A.J. Burnett is more than five years removed from his final season in Toronto, when the Jays’ top home-run hitter was Vernon Wells, with 20. That squad finished the 2008 season with 126 long balls. This year’s iteration is already up to 49.

Edwin Encarnacion got the home nine going with a loud, 455-foot blast to left-center field, the 200th of his career. He added no. 201 in the seventh inning with another second-decker. After a slow start to the year, the 31-year-old is 14-for-45 in 11 games dating back to April 27. He’s homered five times during the surge, including four times in the last four games, while drawing six walks and striking out only thrice.

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