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The Juice: Prince Fielder’s two homers down the Orioles, Johan Santana’s struggles continue

Mark Townsend
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Power of Prince: Two big swings from Prince Fielder produced his 25th career multi-homer game and also propelled the Detroit Tigers to a huge 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The first was a two-run shot that tied the game 3-3 in the sixth inning. Two innings later, Fielder would connect off left-hander reliever J.C. Romero for another two-run blast (estimated at 462 feet) and this one proved to be the difference in the game.

Miguel Cabrera, who homered himself in the first inning, also scored on both of Fielder's homers, meaning one-hundred percent of Detroit's offense was supplied by their all-star duo.

Boston punching bags: We know the New York Yankees love to play long ball, but they're doing so in historic fashion this season against the Boston Red Sox. In their 6-4 win on Friday night, the Bronx Bombers connected for five home runs, including the 250th of Derek Jeter's career. Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Nick Swisher with two bombs also contributed to the onslaught which, according to Elias, makes this the first time the Yankees have had two five-homer games against Boston in the same season. It's also the third time this season they've had at least four home runs against their archrivals.

[Video: Johan Santana's struggles continue]

No-hitter hangover: The struggles of Johan Santana continue and there appears to be no end in sight. In his latest dismal outing, the New York Mets southpaw was touched up for six runs in five innings in a 6-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. In the process, Santana became the first pitcher since Mike Hampton in 2001-02 to allow six or more runs in five straight outings — all five losing decisions — and has allowed a staggering 33 runs in 19 innings over that span.

Atlanta's other third baseman plays hero:Juan Francisco, 25, doesn't see a lot of playing time when Chipper Jones is healthy, but he proved his worth to the team in his biggest pinch-hit appearance of the season. With the winning run 90 feet away in the bottom of the 11th, Francisco would rip a game-winning single off reliever Jamey Wright to give Atlanta a hard fought 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. That's a big one to get for Atlanta, and an equally crushing defeat for the Dodgers, who now fall to 1/2 game behind the San Francisco Giants.

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Quote of the Day: ''It's kind of like his hair. His streak gets a little bit longer and a little bit fluffier as time goes on. I don't know what to say."

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost awkwardly describes Luis Mendoza's effective outing in their 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox by comparing the performance to Mendoza's healthy head of shoulder length hair. I honestly don't know what to say either.

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[Video: Giancarlo Stanton blasts another tape-measure home run]

Photo of the Day: Hanging around

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While we applaud and the appreciate the effort of San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, he's obviously no Mike Trout or Rajai Davis. Despite his best attempt, this home run off the bat of Marco Scutaro would not be brought on to the field. And even if it was, it would not have made much of a difference as the San Francisco Giants cruised to a 10-1 victory.

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Three Facts for the Water Cooler:

• Los Angeles Angels starter Jered Weaver allowed nine runs in their 12-3 home loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. In his ten previous home starts this season, Weaver had allowed a total of nine runs.

• Edwin Encarnacion was the first major leaguer to homer off Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish back on April 30. He's also the latest to do so, connecting for first inning two-run homer in the Blue Jays 3-2 win on Friday night.

• The Oakland A's rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Cleveland Indians, 6-4. For all their dramatics, that's Oakland's biggest comeback win of the season.

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