Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mariners Send Star Slugger to Yankees

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mariners Send Star Slugger to Yankees

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CHICAGO — There's an acute need for another starter on the Yankees, but that hasn't stopped them from adding more offensive firepower.

Slugger Edwin Encarnacion is heading to the Yankees via trade from the Seattle Mariners, as first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan.

A former three-time All-Star, the right-handed hitting Encarnacion, 36, is currently leading the AL with 21 home runs and is slashing .241/.356/.531 in 65 games.

The deal surfaced during the Yankees' 8-4 win on Saturday against the White Sox, on a misty night when things mostly clicked for Aaron Boone's stumbling club.

And the Yankees did it without the help of a traditional starter.

In his fifth turn as the Yankees' opener this year, Chad Green registered six strikeouts in his two scoreless innings at Guaranteed Rate Field, and lefty Nestor Cortes Jr. followed with another round of effective relief.

Gary Sanchez delivered a two-run double and Gleyber Torres clubbed a two-run homer in the Yankees' four-run fourth inning off White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez.

After the ejections of catcher Wellington Castillo and manager Rick Renteria, the White Sox (34-35) cut into the Yanks' 7-0 lead, scoring four times in the eighth – three coming on James McCann's two-out homer off Jonathan Holder.

In snapping a three-game losing streak, the Yankees (42-27) regained first place by a half-game in the AL East over the Rays.

Entering Saturday's game, Yankees starters had pitched to a 6.45 ERA during a stretch where the club had lost eight of its last 11 games.

That does not include Green's previous turn as an opener. The Yankees have now won all five games that Green has opened in 2019.

Though the Yankees passed on free agent Dallas Keuchel earlier this month, due to Atlanta's willingness to meet his price on a one-year contract, the Yankees are expected to be deeply involved in the trade market for starting pitching leading up to the July 31 deadline. …

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