NEW YORK (AP) – New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone expects Edwin Encarnacion to be available tonight when the Yankees open a three-game series at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. The AL East leaders acquired Encarnacion for a minor league pitcher in a late-night trade Saturday with Seattle. Boone plans to use the AL home run leader as his team’s primary designated hitter.
ATLANTA (AP) – The Braves have won 9 of 10, including 2 of 3 against Philadelphia over the weekend, and they will try to stretch their 2 1/2-game NL East lead in a series against the Mets. Atlanta drubbed the Phillies 15-1 Sunday. Breakout ace Mike Soroka is set to pitch against New York’s Zack Wheeler.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong has homered in three of his past four games, a roll he’ll ride into a four-game home series against the Marlins. DeJong picked on the Mets all weekend, capping his outburst with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning Sunday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger is set to return from the injured list to start against Texas. Clevinger strained a muscle in his upper back April 7 during his second start of the season, interrupting a sensational beginning to his year that included 22 strikeouts and two hits over 12 shutout innings. He’ll oppose right-hander Lance Lynn in Arlington.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Boston Red Sox carry a five-game winning streak to Minnesota, where they open a three-game series tonight against the Twins, the team with baseball’s best record. Rick Porcello is on the mound for Boston against Jose Berrios, who has allowed one earned run in three of his past four starts.