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article imageMLB: Toronto's Encarnacion ties Mantle for most AL HRs in May

By Matt Harding     May 29, 2014 in Sports
Toronto - Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of two-run homers Thursday against the Kansas City Royals, tying the American League record for most home runs hit in the month of May.
After hitting his 16th round-tripper, the 31-year-old Encarnacion ties New York Yankees great Mickey Mantle and now holds the club record for home runs in a month. His teammate, Jose Bautista, formerly held the club record at 14 home runs in a month, set in June 2012.
If Encarnacion hits another dinger this month, he will tie the Major League record for home runs in May, set by Barry Bonds in 2001.
The MLB record for the most home runs hit in a single month belongs to Sammy Sosa, who hit 20 in June 1998 with the Chicago Cubs. The AL record has stood since August 1937 when Detroit Tiger Rudy York hit 18.
The Jays have two games remaining in May against the Royals.
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