Encarnacion swinging with confidence

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnacion throws to first to get the out against New York...

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnacion throws to first to get the out against New York Yankees batter Russell Martin during the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto July 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

MAN ON FIRE Over his past 10 games, Edwin Encarnacion has been on quite a roll be it filling in at third for Jose Bautista or in the DH spot. Over that time, Encarnacion has gone 17-for-39 (.439) with three, three-hit games and one four-hit game. He has stroked four doubles, driven in five runs and scored 13 runs. Overall, he leads the club with 22 doubles. “He’s doing a great job,” manager John Farrell said. “He’s obviously swinging the bat with a lot of confidence.” DATE WITH THIRD For the third consecutive day, Jose Bautista was in the lineup as the DH with Edwin Encarnacion at third. The last game Bautista was at third was last Thursday in a game against the Yankees. In that game he sprained his right ankle sliding into third, missed the next three games, and returned as the DH against the Mariners. However, when the Jays open a three-game series in Texas against the Rangers on Friday, Farrell said Bautista will be back at third. “Everything points to tomorrow in Texas,” Farrell said. “Once he’s back, he’ll be ready to go (on an everyday basis).” HARD TO BELIEVE In the seventh inning with the bases loaded, Bautista flied out to deep centre to score Mike McCoy with a sacrifice fly. Big deal you say. Actually it is. It may have been the 68th RBI of the season for Bautista but it was just his second sac fly of the season. PUNCHLESS IN SEATTLE If you’re wondering how the Mariners can be so bad to have lost 12 consecutive games, a quick check of the lineup they employed Thursday afternoon may provide a clue. The Mariners Hitless Wonders had five players who each had hit just one home run this season and one player who has zero. Of the bottom six hitters in their lineup, Josh Bard had the highest average — .241 — with two of their hitters at sub-.200, Chine Figgins at .184 and Franklin Gutierrez at .181.

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