Encarnacion scratched with sore toe

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.