The Edwin Encarnacion experience keeps on rolling in May. On Thursday, it caught up to Mickey Mantle.
Encarnacion entered Thursday night's game against the Royals with 14 homers in May, which was two off Mantle's American League record for home runs in the month.
In his second at-bat of the night, with the score tied at two, he did the following:
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Kansas City answered with three runs in the top of the fifth, as its first five batters of the innings knocked out hits, capped off by a Billy Butler single that scored Norichika Aoki and put the Royals ahead 5-4.
Unfortunately for them, they couldn't prevent Encarnacion from coming to the plate one inning later. James Shields meant for his 1-0 fastball to be on the outside corner or, at worst, the outer third. Instead, it tailed back over the inner half. A hitter like Encarnacion doesn't miss a pitch like that, especially when he's in this type of groove. He doesn't always send it into orbit, though:
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Encarnacion has two more games to break Mantle's AL record for home runs in May. Jason Vargas is scheduled to start for the Royals on Friday, and they've yet to name a starter for Saturday in what would normally be Yordano Ventura's spot. The Royals defeated the Blue Jays 8-6 in 10 innings despite the home runs.