VIDEO: Edwin Encarnacion hits his 20th home run

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Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion didn’t hit a home run last week, but he resumed punishing major league pitchers tonight when he connected for a three-run shot against Twins right-hander Ricky Nolasco in the bottom of the first inning. Check out the blast below:

Encarnacion is now up to 20 home runs on the season. He’s already more than halfway to his total of 36 from last year. He hit his career-high of 42 in 2012.

Encarnacion is the second player in MLB to reach 20 homers this season. Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz currently leads the majors with 21 home runs.

Mariners give manager Scott Servais a multi-year contract extension

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Two weeks ago the Seattle Mariners gave GM Jerry Dipoto a contract extension. Today they did the same for manager Scott Servais. They are calling it a “multi-year contract extension,” though the exact number of years and the money is not reported. The money rarely is reported for the managers.

Servais has a record of 222–199 (.527) midway through his third season as the M’s skipper. That, actually, makes him the fourth-winningest manager in Mariners history if you can believe it. Twenty men have held that job. A lot of them helmed some pretty bad teams.

The Mariners released a quote from Dipoto regarding Servais:

“Scott has created a culture here in Seattle that allows players to be successful,” Dipoto said. “They are encouraged to be themselves, which has resulted in a loose environment, while still maintaining the focus on team above self. His leadership has also been evident through the ongoing growth and impact of one of the best coaching staffs in Major League Baseball.

“He has been the right leader at the right time for the right team and I look forward to many more years together.”

The Mariners are currently 58–39, good for the fourth-best record in the Major Leagues. If the season ended today they’d be in the playoffs for the first time since 2001, baseball’s longest postseason drought.