Nightly 9: Kris Bryant has first career multi-home run game; Maikel Franco racks up four hits in slugfest

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.A pair of rookie third basemen were sensational Monday night. MORE: Top 10 unbreakable records | Vandy wins Game 1 of CWS finals | French girl eligible to sign with clubThe Cubs' Kris Bryant recorded his first career multi-home run game with his ninth and 10th bombs of the season to help Chicago earn its third straight win. He came into the came with one hit in last 18 at-bats. Bryant's first blast came in the third inning off Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who has surrendered 11 home runs in his 15 starts. He smacked a two-out drive off Adam Liberatore in the eighth. The Phillies' Maikel Franco made a lasting impression in his first game at Yankee Stadium. Franco had hits in each of his first four at-bats, including two home runs, and drove in five runs as the Phils topped the Yankees in an 11-8 slugfest. It was Franco’s first career four-hit game and first career two-home run game. He also became the first Philadelphia rookie with five RBIs in a game since Ryan Howard did so in 2010 against the Dodgers.Here are more highlights from Monday's games:Impact playersC — Dioner Navarro, Blue Jays: Navarro went 3 for 4 with a double, a solo home run and three runs scored in the Blue Jays' win over the Rays. He has played sporadically since coming off the DL in early June and was in a 1-for-14 slump before Monday.1B — Chris Colabello, Blue Jays:  Colabello finished 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. He's hitting .347 with an on-base percentge of .388.2B — Jason Kipnis, Indians: Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 17 games in the Tribe's loss to the Tigers. He's batting .346 with five home runs, 30 RBIs, 47 runs scored and 10 stolen bases this season.SS — Eduardo Nunez, Twins: Nunez went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs as the Twins crushed the White Sox.3B — Maikel Franco, Phillies: Franco has four consecutive multi-hit games and has homered seven times in June.OF — Brett Gardner, Yankees: Gardner went 4 for 4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored. He now has eight home runs, 36 RBIs and 15 stolen bases this season.DH — Kennys Vargas, Twins: Vargas had a big night, finishing 4 for 4 with an RBI single and a three-run home run.SP — Tommy Milone, Twins: Milone picked up his fourth win of the season after limiting the White Sox to two runs in six innings.Key injuriesSecond baseman Jose Altuve returned to the Astros' lineup against the Angels after missing the last four games with a right hamstring strain.Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler left Monday's game in the fifth inning with a left ankle sprain. Chicago left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada had to exit his start with cramping in his left deltoid muscle.Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi (oblique) is two weeks away from being activated from the disabled list. He threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Monday with no problems.Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (elbow) will make his season debut Wednesday against the Phillies.An MRI on Angels right-hander Jered Weaver's left hip showed no structural damage. The Angels aren't expecting him back until after the All-Star break. Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't expect first baseman Mark Teixeira (neck) back in the lineup until at least Wednesday. He was out of the lineup against the Phillies on Monday with a stiff neck, though an MRI came back negative.After Blue Jays manager Alex Anthopoulos said Sunday that he expected second baseman Devon Travis (shoulder) back mid-week, the team is now targeting Friday as his return date.Surprise performersGood: Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 3 for 3 with a double, a home run and three RBIs to help the Tigers take down the Indians. He's putting up his best numbers since his rookie season, hitting .308 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs.Bad: White Sox pitcher John Danks was hit hard in his start against the Twins, surrendering nine runs (five earned) in 5 1/3 innings. The lefty gave up nine hits, three of which were home runs, while walking one and striking out just two.Web gemsJust another day for Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson:. @yungjoc650 just rollin’ around:— (@) June 23, 2015Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias starts a 6-4-3 double play in style:Facts of the dayAngels first baseman Albert Pujols slugged his 47th and 48th career home runs against the Astros. Those are the most home runs by an opposing player against Houston. Pujols passed Hank Aaron, who had 46.At 22 years, 300 days, Franco is the youngest Phillies player since 1900 to have four hits and two home runs in a game. He is also the youngest player with four hits and two home runs in a game against the Yankees since Al Kaline did so in 1957.Kershaw has now allowed home runs to Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. The 11 home runs allowed by Kershaw this year are two more than he allowed in all of 2014.The Nationals' starters are on fire.Max Scherzer isn’t the only Nationals starter who has been hot lately. Look at the rotation’s numbers after June 12:— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 22, 2015The Cubs are the first team this season to have two different players age 23 or younger produce multi-home run games.Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera continues to bash the Indians.Miguel Cabrera has a 1.086 lifetime OPS against the Indians. The only guy better? Babe Ruth. (courtesy @EliasSports )— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 23, 2015ReactionsThe sky over Wrigley Field on Monday evening was apocalyptic.OK, meteorologists. Go.— #VoteCubs (@Cubs) June 23, 2015"It's another notch in the belt, I guess," Bryant said after his big night, via .com. "It's cool to do that. Those are always good games you'll remember forever."It's a game of peaks and valleys, and I was in a valley. I went into the game telling myself I was due for a big game, and I got it. It's so easy to look down on yourself, but those are the types of runs that make you the type of player you're going to be."Off the fieldFormer major league outfielder Darryl Hamilton was found dead in a suburban Houston home Sunday. According to police, Hamilton and a woman identified as Monica Jordan died in an apparent murder-suicide.An associate's records from 1986 indicate Pete Rose bet extensively on baseball and basketball during his final season as a player for the Reds.French teen shortstop Melissa Mayeux is eligible to sign with an team after she was added to baseball's international registration list Monday.ScoresAmerican LeagueTigers 8, Indians 5Blue Jays 8, Rays 5Twins 13, White Sox 2Angels 4, Astros 3Royals 4, Mariners 1National LeagueCubs 4, Dodgers 2InterleaguePhillies 11, Yankees 8A look ahead(All times Eastern)Phillies (25-47) vs. Yankees (38-32), 7:05 p.m.: The Phillies will look to extend their winning streak to three as they face the Yankees in the second game of their three-game series. They will face Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (3-7, 5.31 ERA).Nationals (37-33) vs. Braves (35-35), 7:05 p.m.: After the Braves swept the Mets in their most recent series, the Nationals took over first place in the NL East. Atlanta is hoping to improve its 1-5 record against Washington this season. It will send left-hander Alex Wood (4-4, 3.40 ERA) to the mound; he has posted a 2.63 ERA in eight games against Washington.Blue Jays (38-34) vs. Rays (40-32), 7:10 p.m.: The AL East-leading Rays, who have lost their last two games after winning four in a row and eight out of nine, will send ace right-hander C

hris Archer (8-4, 2.18 ERA) to the mound. He'll try for his sixth win in his last eight starts.


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