Edwin Encarnacion

Three up, three down: Indians surge to AL Central lead while Mets have turned into a mess

Three up, three down: Indians surge to AL Central lead while Mets have turned into a mess

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Tribe quest: After hovering near .500 for 2½ months, the defending AL-champion Cleveland Indians have hit their stride, moving into first place by winning eight of nine games in which they outscored the Dodgers, Minnesota and Baltimore by 68-23 from June 15 through Thursday. Slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who signed a three-year, $60-million deal last winter, is batting .351 with a 1.144 on-base-plus-slugging-percentage, 10 homers and 23 runs batted in in 26 games through Thursday; he hit .208 with a .709 OPS, seven homers and 17 RBIs in 43 games through May 22. After a two-game glitch against...

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