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Encarnacion's day off simply for rest

Encarnacion's day off simply for rest

TORONTO -- Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who recently came off the 15-day disabled list after a right shoulder strain sidelined him on May 18, was out of Sunday's starting lineup against the Yankees to rest his sore legs.

Manager Cito Gaston would not go into much detail, but he insisted that the move was just a precaution and nothing more. While Encarnacion was available to pinch-hit, outfielder Jose Bautista slid over to take his spot at third, with Jeremy Reed -- who entered the game with just 15 at-bats this season -- getting the start in right field.

Encarnacion, who scored the winning run in Saturday's 14-inning affair with the Yankees -- a 3-2 Jays win -- was hitting .224 with eight home runs heading into Sunday's game.