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Yankees land slugger Edwin Encarnacion in trade with Mariners

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Yankees land slugger Edwin Encarnacion in trade with Mariners

The MLB trade deadline is more than a month away, but the Boston Red Sox's arch rival already is making moves.

On Saturday, the New York Yankees acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. Seattle gets pitching prospect Juan Then in return.

Encarnacion will be inserted into an already-fearsome lineup that soon will have both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back from their injury rehab assignments. While New York is set offensively, they likely will be searching for pitching help before the July 31 trade deadline.

In his age 36 season, Encarnacion currently leads the American League in home runs with 21. He has hit 20+ homers in each of his last eight seasons.

The first-place Yankees are five games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.

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Highlights from Red Sox' 11-2 win over the Seattle Mariners

Highlights from Red Sox' 11-2 win over the Seattle Mariners

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 11, Mariners 2

IN BRIEF: The Red Sox benefitted from some early errors by the Mariners and were able to jump ahead early. J.D. Martinez crushed his sixth and seventh homers of the year while Michael Chavis tallied five RBIs on the day. Starter Hector Velazquez threw a season-high 63 pitches and lasted 5 innings, beating his previous high of 3 1/3 innings, and earned the win in the Sox' first series sweep of the season.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 22-19

HIGHLIGHTS

1st inning

Edwin Encarnacion hits sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Mitch Haniger (1-0, SEA)

J.D. Martinez crushes solo homer into Green Monster (1-1, tie)

Michael Chavis hits bloop single, scoring Xander Bogaerts (2-1, BOS)

Rafael Devers scores on a passed ball (3-1, BOS)

2nd inning

Andrew Benintendi scores on an error by Jay Bruce (4-1, BOS)

3rd inning

Red Sox turn strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play (4-1, BOS)

5th inning

Omar Narvaez hits solo homer to right field (4-2, BOS)

Michael Chavis cracks two-run single to right field (6-2, BOS)

7th inning

Rafael Devers grounds into a fielder's choice, Mookie Betts scores (7-2, BOS)

Chavis hits two-run single to right (9-2, BOS)

8th inning

J.D. Martinez launches his second home run of the day (11-2 BOS)

UP NEXT
vs. Rockies, Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs. Rockies, Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., NESN
vs. Astros, Friday, 7:10 p.m., NESN

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WATCH: Red Sox score eight runs in the third inning vs Mariners

WATCH: Red Sox score eight runs in the third inning vs Mariners

The Red Sox offense has been raking as of late, and Saturday was no exception as they took down the Mariners 9-5 at Fenway Park.

Boston has now scored 25 runs in the first two games of their three-game set with Seattle.

Most of the Sox' damage was done in the third inning, where they scored eight runs capped off by a three-run homer by Sandy Leon. That inning turned out to be the difference in the win, as Rick Porcello turned in a strong 6.2 innings while striking out five Mariner hitters. 

Like everything else, the Red Sox offense got off to a slow start in 2019. After winning a World Series to cap off a 108-win regular season, this team was on track to be as big a disappointment as the 2018-19 Celtics. 

As we learned with the Celtics, they had their moments of brilliance and times of horrific play. The key for the Red Sox will be to sustain their recent success. Everything we saw last year suggests they should. 

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