AP: Yanks trade for Seattle slugger

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Yankees are close to getting slugger Edwin Encarnacion in a trade with the Seattle Mariners.

The person spoke to The Associated Press under condition of anonymity because the trade was not complete Saturday.

ESPN was the first to report the deal. It was not immediately known what the Yankees might send to the Mariners.

The 36-year-old Encarnacion began the day leading the AL with 21 home runs in his first season with Seattle. He has averaged 37 homers and 109 RBIs in his last seven years.

Encarnacion was not on the field with the Mariners as they warmed up for Saturday night’s game at Oakland.

Encarnacion, who is a first baseman and designated hitter, would boost what is already a power-packed lineup. The Yankees have managed to stay in the AL East race despite a long list of injuries.

Giancarlo Stanton could return next week after being sidelined by biceps, shoulder and calf injuries, and Aaron Judge also is inching closer after he strained his left oblique in April.

Pitcher hit by line drive in head

ATLANTA — Atlanta Braves starter Sean Newcomb has left the game in a scary scene after being hit in the back of the head by a line drive off the bat of Philadelphia’s J.T. Realmuto.

Newcomb was checked by a trainer and walked off the field under his own power in Atlanta, escorted by two trainers Saturday.

The ball was clocked at 102 mph and caromed off Newcomb’s head and sailed into the netting behind the Phillies’ dugout on the third base side. Realmuto covered his mouth with both hands as he ran to first base on what went as a ground-rule double.

The play occurred in the third inning at SunTrust Park. Newcomb turned his head as the ball approached and knelt on the mound immediately after getting hit. Catcher Tyler Flowers had him stay down while a trainer and Braves manager Brian Snitker came out to tend to the left-hander.

Jersey goes for big bucks

NEW YORK — A Babe Ruth road jersey dating back to 1928-30 has sold at auction for $5.6 million.

Hunt Auctions, which handled Saturday’s sale, says the price breaks a record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. A Ruth jersey from 1920 previously sold for $4.4 million.

The auction was conducted at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees jersey was part of a collection of items that Ruth’s family put up for sale. His granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, says in a statement that a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Cubs’ starter hurting

LOS ANGELES — The Chicago Cubs have placed starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

The move Saturday comes a day after one of the right-hander’s worst outings of the season. He allowed five runs in 4-plus innings of a 5-3 loss to the Dodgers.

He leads the Cubs in innings pitched and has a 3.36 ERA and staff-leading


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