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Encarnacion, Yanks open key set vs. Rays

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

At some point on Monday, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will write Edwin Encarnacion's name into his lineup card as the designated hitter.

The slot Encarnacion occupies in a powerful batting order will be revealed sometime Monday afternoon but Boone and the rest of the Yankees are excited about adding the American League home run leader as they host the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the American League East.

Encarnacion was acquired from the Seattle Mariners Saturday and will join the Yankees Monday for the start of a 10-game homestand against Tampa Bay, Houston and Toronto.

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AL Home Runs
Rank Name HR
1 E. Encarnación, Sea21
2 G. Sánchez, NYY20
3t A. Bregman, Hou19
3t E. Rosario, Min19
3t M. Trout, LAA19
6 J. Soler, KC18
7t J. Abreu, CWS17
7t J. Gallo, Tex17
7t M. Kepler, Min17
7t G. Springer, Hou17
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AL Runs Batted In
Rank Name RBI
1 J. Abreu, CWS54
2 E. Rosario, Min52
3t E. Encarnación, Sea49
3t D. Santana, Sea49
3t J. Soler, KC49
6t A. Bregman, Hou48
6t H. Pence, Tex48
8 X. Bogaerts, Bos47
9t C. Cron, Min46
9t M. Kepler, Min46
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