MLB Performances of the Week: Aug. 30

Justin Verlander/MLB Photo

Justin Verlander/MLB Photo

Edwin Encarnacion/MLB Photo

Edwin Encarnacion/MLB Photo

The top performances in Major League Baseball this week were by Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.

Encarnacion blasted three homers and knocked in nine runs as the Blue Jays won 15-1 over the Tigers at the Rogers Centre on Saturday, Aug. 29. The designated hitter also scored four times.

In the first inning, the 32-year old hit a three-run shot. In the sixth, he drilled a two-run long ball. He finished with a grand slam in the next frame.

This season, Encarnacion has 30 homers with 91 RBI, while posting a .272 batting average.

Verlander hasn’t had a typical season for the former American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner. The six-time all-star is currently 2-6 with a 3.45 ERA.

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Verlander returned to form as he tossed a one-hitter in a Detroit 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. The 32-year old right-hander lost his no-hitter when Chris Iannetta doubled to begin the ninth inning.

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