Encarnacion scratched with sore toe

Associated Press Modified: September 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm •  Published: September 16, 2012
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TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion was scratched from Sunday's lineup against Boston with a sore big toe on his right foot.

It's the second time in three games that Encarnacion has been unavailable — he sat out Friday's loss with lingering pain in his left wrist, one day after being hit by a pitch from Seattle's Felix Hernandez.

Encarnacion hit his 40th home run Thursday, topping 100 RBIs for the first time. He went 0 for 1 with three walks Saturday, and is two homers behind Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton for the major league lead.

Shortstop Yunel Escobar and catcher Jeff Mathis were also scratched Sunday because of illness. Yan Gomes replaced Encarnacion at designated hitter, J.P. Arencibia was behind the plate, Adeiny Hechavarria moved from second to short and Omar Vizquel played second.