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Related TopicsA’sEdwin EncarnacionIndiansJays Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede If there’s a player still on the wish list for Indians fans as Christmas approaches, it has to be that of Jays 1B Edwin Encarnacion, who remains on the free agent market.Encarnacion, who last season hit 42 homers and drove in an American League high 127 RBI, is getting looks from a number of teams, with the Indians in that mix.Tonight, it appears a decision for the 33-year-old is closer, as the first tweet comes from Jon Heyman, who says that Encarnacion has a couple of 3-year offers, with the Indians included.Hearing word Ecarnacion camp has multiple strong 3-year offers. A’s, Indians known in. Rangers, rox others maybe in.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 23, 2016Another tweet comes form Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, who says he feels that the native of La Romana wants to have a decision possibly by Christmas.Edwin Encarnacion’s camp hopeful a deal will be completed before the weekend, source tells SBN. Multiple teams reportedly involved.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 22, 2016Finally a tweet from A’s writer Susan Slusser, who says despite what Heyman wrote, the A’s are not one of those teams in the mix with a three-year deal.The A’s have not made Edwin Encarnacion a three-year offer; they discussed a two-year deal with him, which probably won’t get the job done.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 23, 2016Despite the market being very slow for the services of a player that hit 42 homers last season, it looks like there’s some movement and that the slugger could have a new team by the end of the holiday weekend.
(REUTERS) – Ben Stokes shook off any rust following an enforced break with his 11th ODI half-century as he guided England to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the second game of their five-match series at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui yesterday.Stokes made his return to international cricket in the first match in Hamilton on Sunday after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September led to him being charged with affray and being stood down by selectors.He entered a plea of not guilty on February 13.The 26-year-old scored 63 not out and combined with captain Eoin Morgan (62) in an 88-run partnership as the visitors cantered to 225 for four in 37.5 overs to level the series at 1-1. Jos Buttler finished 36 not out.Stokes also claimed two wickets and was responsible for one of New Zealand’s four run-outs as the hosts were bowled out for 223 with two balls remaining.The total, however, was never enough for the powerful England batting lineup even if Jason Roy and Joe Root both failed to get into double figures.Morgan, who was dropped on 27 by wicketkeeper Tom Latham and then Henry Nicholls at midwicket on 40, brought up his 35th half-century before he hit a return catch to Colin Munro.“We wanted to come back strong after the defeat in the first game,” said man-of-the-match Stokes.”We thought we let ourselves down in the first game and the lads showed that with the intensity in the field.“It’s good to get out here and train and implement it in the games. I wanted to make sure I was there in the end and it was a good stepping stone for the games coming up.”New Zealand struggled throughout their entire innings in the face of some superb England fielding, with Roy taking two brilliant diving catches.They had slumped to 108 for six after 30 overs, despite Martin Guptill scoring 50, his 34th ODI half-century.All-rounder Mitchell Santner, who hit the winning runs on Sunday, notched his first half-century and finished 63 not out while Colin de Grandhomme added 38 as the lower order ensured they made the final over.“We raised our level of intensity, especially with the first 10 overs with the ball and that was backed up in the field,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.“It was as good a performance we could have hoped for in the field.”The third match is in Wellington on Saturday.NEW ZEALAND inningsMartin Guptill c Jason Roy b Moeen Ali 50Colin Munro c Jos Buttler b Chris Woakes 1Mark Chapman c David Willey b Chris Woakes 1Ross Taylor run-out David Willey 10Tom Latham c Tom Curran b Moeen Ali 22Henry Nicholls c Jason Roy b Ben Stokes 1Colin de Grandhomme run-out Jonny Bairstow 38Mitchell Santner not out 63Tim Southee run-out Ben Stokes 6Lockie Ferguson c Adil Rashid b Ben Stokes 19Trent Boult run-out Ben Stokes 2Extras: (lb-5, w-5) 10Total: (all out, 49.4 overs) 223Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-9, 3-48, 4-79, 5-82, 6-108, 7-141, 8-147, 9-216.Bowling: Willey 5-0-16-0 (w-2), Woakes 7.4-1-42-2, Rashid 10-0-32-0, Curran 9 -0-53-0 (w-3), Moeen Ali 10- 0 – 33- 2, Stokes 8- 0- 42- 2.ENGLAND inningsJason Roy c Mitchell Santner b Trent Boult 8Jonny Bairstow c (sub.) b Lockie Ferguson 37Joe Root c Colin de Grandhomme b Trent Boult 9Eoin Morgan c & b Colin Munro 62Ben Stokes not out 63Jos Buttler not out 36Extras: (lb-2, w-8) 10Total: (for 4 wkts, 37.5 overs) 225Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-47, 3-86, 4-174.Bowling: Southee 7- 0-55-0 (w-2), Boult 8-1- 46-2, Santner 7.5-0-40-0, Ferguson 8-0-48- 1, Colin de Grandhomme 2-0- 11-0 (w-1), Munro 5 -0-23- 1 (w-1).