Arencibia on a tear

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:47 PM ET

TORONTO - C J.P. Arencibia is hammering away like he's never hammered before. Over his past seven games he has slammed five home runs and added two doubles to go 8-for-23 (.348). Among all catchers in the majors this season, he is tied for first in home runs with 17 and is first in the American League in extra-base hits (32) and RBIs (47). The 17 homers are also the most that have been hit by a rookie catcher since the Cubs' Geovanny Soto socked 18 in 2008.

As an added note, the Elias Sports Bureau reports that Arencibia is the first player to hit five home runs over a six-game span (through Friday) out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup since Dale Sveum of the Brewers did so in 1987. Prior to Sveum, the last player to match that feat was Dodgers Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale who did the deed in 1958.

GETTING SOME REST

For Saturday's game, manager John Farrell took Adam Lind off the field and had him in the lineup as the DH with the hot-hitting Edwin Encarnacion making the start at first. The plan is to give Lind the day off on Sunday, save for possible late-inning, pinch-hit duties.

Lind's bat has looked a tad weary the past nine games as over that time he has gone 4-for-36 (.111) with one home run and four RBIs. He is also currently in a 0-for-15 rut.

"With Adam we'll take advantage of the off day Monday and give him a couple of days down," Farrell said. "He's been going at it regularly and I think at this point in time he needs to get his legs back underneath him a little bit."

Travis Snider, meanwhile, didn't start as Farrell opted for right-handed hitting Rajai Davis to play in left. Snider got off to a terrific start since he was recalled on July 4 but over the past eight games his production has disappeared. Over that time he is hitting 5-for-31 (.161), with no homers and just one RBI.


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