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Infielder Edwin Encarnacion is tied for fourth in the American League with 18 home runs and is putting together another solid power season. Hes driven in seven runs in the past 10 games for the Jays and hit .282 over the same stretch. His defensive abilities were on display in Sundays win when he stabbed a line drive at the hot corner. Centrefielder Colby Rasmus has homered in each of the Jays last three games and driven in six runs in the process. Since he gave up five runs in a 5-0 loss at the hands of the New York Yankees on May 17th, starter Mark Buehrle has been solid. He is 2-1 in the five starts since that loss, with an earned-run-average (ERA) of 1.91 and has pitched at least six innings in each start. In the process, he lowered his overall season ERA from 6.33 to its current 4.66. The Jays have won both games started by Chien-Ming Wang, who was signed after his minor league release by the New York Yankees. 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