Mets recalled INF T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Rivera probably didn't even have time to unpack his bags after being sent down on Friday. Now he's on his way back to the major leagues where he'll absorb the roster spot left by Justin Ruggiano, who was placed on the disabled list with left shoulder discomfort. Traditionally employed as a utility infielder, Rivera could see time in the outfield during Ruggiano's absence.
Edwin Encarnacion connected on his 36th home run of the season in Saturday's come-from-behind 8-7 victory over the Twins.
He tagged Twins starter Ervin Santana for the two-run blast in the sixth inning, pulling the Jays to within two runs at 5-3. He then added an RBI single in the seventh to cut the deficit to one at 7-6. Encarnacion finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. He's now hitting .271/.361/.557 with 36 homers and 105 RBI on the season.
Marcus Stroman struggled in a no-decision against the Twins on Saturday, allowing five runs on nine hits over his six frames.
The right-hander walked one and struck out five on the afternoon. Most of the damage occurred during a four-run uprising in the fourth inning, where Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier each delivered RBI doubles. Stroman continues to be marred by inconsistency and will carry a disappointing 4.58 ERA and 1.29 WHIP into next Saturday's start against the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Trevor Plouffe homered for the second consecutive game on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Twins to victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Plouffe tagged Bo Schultz for a two-run blast in the seventh inning that increased the Twins' advantage to 7-3. That would be the extent of their scoring on the afternoon though, leaving room for the Jays to mount a late-inning comeback. Plouffe also singled, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk. He's hitting .257/.297/.409 with nine homers and 39 RBI on the season.
Ervin Santana gave up six runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Santana struggled with his command, issuing five free passes while striking out four in the ballgame. He actually left the game in line for the victory despite his struggles, but the Twins bullpen was unable to hang on. Santana has cleared trade waivers, so this could be his final start as a member of the Twins. Even with this rough outing, he still owns a respectable 3.60 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 147 1/3 innings on the season.