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Encarnacion's hitting streak reaches 22

ARLINGTON -- Edwin Encarnacion owns the longest hitting streak in the Major Leagues this season after he extended his run to 22 games with a double during the eighth inning of Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

Encarnacion was previously tied with Troy Tulowitzki and Nelson Cruz for the longest hitting streak in 2015. This is the longest streak of Encarnacion's career, and he also has reached base in 27 consecutive games dating back to July 21.

It's the longest hitting streak for the Blue Jays since Scott Rolen had one that lasted 25 games in 2009. The club record belongs to Shawn Green, who went 28 consecutive games with at least one hit in 1999. Toronto's had 13 players record hitting streaks of at least 20 games in franchise history.

"The most important thing is I feel healthy, 100 percent," said Encarnacion, who was battling a sore right shoulder and left-middle-finger injury earlier this year. "That's part of your game. You want to be healthy to do all you can do on the field."

Encarnacion is batting .386 (32-for-83) with seven homers, 10 doubles and 25 RBIs over his last 22 games. He has at least one RBI in five consecutive games and continues to be one of the hottest hitters in baseball.

"I'm just looking for my pitch, try to be aggressive in the strike zone, looking for my pitch," Encarnacion said in reference to the streak. "It has been great, the way I have been seeing the ball the last couple of weeks."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.
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