Nightly 9: Prince Fielder blasts 300th homer, Edwin Encarnación's grand slam propels Blue Jays

Baseball Each night we'll provide you with the nine top story lines from the day's action, beginning with the stars of the day, and look ahead to the next day's matchups.Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder joined the 300 home run club Friday, smacking a solo shot in the first inning against the Blue Jays. However, Fielder's homer wasn't enough. The Jays dominated the rest of the game, propelled by Edwin Encarnación's grand slam at the bottom of the first, the second of his career. On top of the grand slam, Encarnación finished the night with a solo home run in the seventh. His dominating performance included five RBIs on the day and he now has a slash line of .233/.318/.447. Encarnación has hit three home runs in his past three games.Here are more highlights from Friday's games: Impact Players:C — Russell Martin, Blue Jays: Capitalizing on Edwin Encarnación's grand slam, Martin added insult to injury with a solo homer. He went 1 for 2 and had two RBIs.1B — Chris Davis, Orioles: An eighth-inning single by Davis scored Jimmy Paredes, giving the Orioles the lead against the Red Sox. It was Davis' only hit of the night, but the one drive that mattered for the Orioles.2B —  Jason Kipnis, Indians: Kipnis' hot streak is getting even hotter. His hitting streak reached 20 games on Friday after he posted an infield single. It marks the longest hit streak in the league this year and the longest Indians streak since 2012. SS — Brad Miller, Mariners: Miller hit two of the four doubles for the Mariners, the first one tying the game 1-1 in the fifth. His fifth-inning hit scored Mark Trumbo to give the Mariners the lead for good in their 3-1 win over the Angels. 3B — Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: Donaldson went 2 for 5 at the plate with an RBI and run scored. He has seven hits and three runs scored in his past seven games. OF — Scott Van Slyke, Dodgers: With the Dodgers down 1-0 in the second, Van Slyke hit a two-run homer to push his team ahead for good. Van Slyke is batting .265/.330/.461 with four home runs and 18 RBIs over 41 games this season.DH — Marc Krauss, Rays: Even with a loss to the Red Sox, Krauss hit an RBI double in his first game with the Rays since he was traded from the Angels. He went into Friday's game with a .194/.268/.335 slash line.SP —  Max Scherzer, Nationals: In another dominating performance, Scherzer earned his ninth win of the season and 100th of his career. He retired the first 16 Phillies he faced and pitched perfectly through the first five innings, the third straight outing he has done so. He scattered five hits over eight innings with two earned runs and seven strikeouts.Key Injuries:Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon was placed back on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps. He missed the first 52 games of the season with a sprained knee and oblique injury.Minnesota's hot prospect Byron Buxton was put on the disabled list and will be out at least a month with a sprained left thumb he sustained in Tuesday's game against the White Sox.Astros right-handed pitcher Chad Qualls was also put on the 15-day disabled list after he pinched a nerve in his neck. [email protected] place INF Anthony Rendon on 15-day DL, select INF Emmanuel Burriss from Triple-A Syracuse.— RosterMoves (@RosterMoves) June 26, 2015Denard Span was scratched an hour before the Nationals' game against the Phillies with a back spasm. He is considered day-to-day.Denard Span has been scratched from tonight's #Nats lineup due to a back spasm.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 26, 2015Nationals second baseman Yunel Escobar left the game after he was drilled in the hand by Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang.Yunel Escobar has left the game because of a hand injury. Dan Uggla is playing second base and Danny Espinosa is now playing third base.— William Ladson (@washingnats) June 26, 2015Giancarlo Stanton will undergo X-rays after he injured his left hand in the Marlins' loss to the [email protected] OF Giancarlo Stanton to undergo X-rays on left hand after aggravating injury in 9th:— (@) June 27, 2015Surprise Performers:Good: Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez went 5 for 5 at the plate for the fourth time in his career. After three singles and a double, Gonzalez belted a triple in the ninth inning. He also had an RBI and scored three runs. Bad: Rangers righty Nick Martinez was hit hard by the Blue Jays' starting lineup. He allowed nine runs, eight earned, and four walks in six innings. His ERA went from 2.77 to 3.39. Web Gems:Rays outfielder Steven Souza made an impressive catch against the Red Sox before tumbling into the stands.Steven Souza Jr. making new friends:— (@) June 27, 2015In pure Mike Trout fashion, the outfielder smashed a homer in the first inning for the first score of the [email protected] Very strong. Very good: #Crushed— (@) June 27, 2015Facts of the Day:The Rangers' Prince Fielder and his father, Cecil, are the second father-son duo to hit 300 home runs, along with Bobby and Barry Bonds.Prince Fielder has 300 HRs! He & Cecil Fielder are 2nd father-son duo w/ 300 HRs each, joining Bobby & Barry Bonds.— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) June 26, 2015The Nationals' scoreless inning streak continued with Max Scherzer on the mound.The #Nats have now surpassed the 2008 Cleveland Indians (44.0) for the 2nd-longest consecutive scoreless innings streak in the expansion era— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 26, 2015Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse notched a very important win. His victory over the Twins means he has defeated all 30 teams.By beating the Twins, Kyle Lohse becomes just the 14th pitcher in history to defeat all 30 active franchise!— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 27, 2015With their 3-2 walkoff win over the Cubs, the Cardinals picked up their -leading 17th win when scoring three runs or fewer.Cardinals are 27-7 at home 1st team to be 20 games over .500 at home before end of June since Red Sox & Cubs both did so in 2008 (Elias)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 27, 2015Reactions:Bob Costas made a bizarre and harsh comment about Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop after he was replaced in the eighth inning, which gave way to some backlash on Twitter.Yeah my jaw dropped. So damn pompous. "@Gcarter3: @ESPNChiCubs @BornOnThirdCubs Costas went there huh?”— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) June 27, 2015Cubs manager Joe Maddon says the Cubs have a mental block against the Cardinals.#Cubs Maddon on beating Cards at Busch: "We have to get over the hump and it's more a mental hump than a physical hump"— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) June 27, 2015"When you put a good swing and get a double with nobody out, 90 percent of the time you're thinking, we're going to score that run now," Orioles designated hitter Jimmy Paredes said of his hit. "We felt great with that. We come back."Former commissioner Bud Selig was the owner of the Brewers when they drafted current Twins manager Paul Molitor, who spent 14 seasons of his 20-year Hall of Fame career in Milwaukee. To say he was impressed with Miller Park's new "Bud Selig Experience" would be an understatement."I felt a little like I went from Miller Park to Disney World....It was magical."— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 26, 2015Off the Field:In a surprising move, Ryne Sandberg resigned as manager of the Phillies. Third-base coach Pete Mackanin will fill the role as interim manager.Top prospect Steven Matz will debut for the Mets on Sunday and will likely be a part of the team's six-man [email protected] No. 1 prospect @Smatz88 will debut Sunday, club will use 6-man rotation “for the foreseeable future.”— (@) June 26, 2015Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was presented with an honorary jersey by the Angels.The #Angels presented Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, with a jersey at Santa Anita Park today! #GetYourRedOn— Angels (@Angels) June 26, 2015Jon Singleton was called up to the Astros from Triple-A after Chad Smalls went on the DL.#Astros place RHP Chad Qualls on 15-day DL, recall first baseman Jon Singleton from AAA Fresno.— #VoteAltuve (@astros) June 26, 2015Friday's Scores:American League:Blue Jays 12, Rangers 2Orioles 4, Indians 3Tigers 5, White Sox 4Red Sox 4, Rays 3 (10) Yankees 3, Astros 2Mariners 3, Angels 1Royals 5, Athletics 2National League:Nationals 5, Phillies 2Mets 2, Reds 1Dodgers 7, Marlins 1Pirates 3, Braves 2 (10)Mets 2, Reds 1Cardinals 3, Cubs 2 (10)Padres 4, Diamondbacks 2Rockies 8, Giants 6Interleague:Brewers 10, Twins 4A Look Ahead: (All times Eastern)Nationals (41-33) at Phillies (26-49), 3:05 p.m.: In a hunt for his second consecutive win, Gio Gonzalez (5-4, 4.41 ERA) will try to keep the Nationals' seve

n-game winning streak alive. Lefty Adam Morgan (1-0, 1.59 ERA) is on a mission to break the Phillies out of their slump in his second career start.Dodgers (42-33) at Marlins (30-45), 4:10 p.m: Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 3.33 ERA) is seeking to bounce back from a painful loss to the Cubs and is 2-0 at Marlins Parks. Tom Koehler (5-4, 3.76 ERA) will look to even the series after missing his last start with the Marlins because of neck tightness.Indians (33-39) at Orioles (39-34), 7:15 p.m.: Cody Anderson (0-0, 0.0 ERA) will look for his first major league victory on Saturday in the second of three games against the Orioles. He earned a no-decision against the Rays during his first appearance last week, pitching 7 2/3 innings and striking out four while allowing no runs, six hits and a walk.