Hi-ho, boys and girls. Hope you all had a pleasant holiday. In the interest of saving time, I’m just going to cover the games played on Labor Day.
Alex Bregman hit a two-out home run (#28) to get the ball rolling for the Houston Astros (85-53) in their 4-1 win over the visiting Minnesota Twins. His teammates celebrated in style. He has a shot at 30 homers, 50 doubles, 100 RBIs, and just maybe a .300 batting average. MVP anyone?
Ian Kinsler led his team with three RBIs as the Boston Red Sox (95-44) beat the host Atlanta Braves, 8-2. Two of those runs came on a single with the bases loaded in the eighth to put the Sox up 5-2. He had already hit his 24th double of the year to drive in a run in the fifth.
Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 with a walk as the Toronto Blue Jays (62-75) lost to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 7-1.
Joc Pederson was 0-for-4 as the lead-off batter as the LA Dodgers (75-63) lost to the visiting NY Mets, 4-2.
Ryan Braun was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Milwaukee Brewers (78-61) beat the visiting Chicago Cubs, 4-3.
Robert Stock did not appear for the San Diego Padres in their 6-2 win over the host Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gabe Kapler‘s Philadelphia Phillies (72-65) lost to the host Miami Marlins, 3-1.
Welcome back, Ryan Lavarnway. The Pittsburgh Pirates bought his contract from Indianapolis Indians where he hat batted .288 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 77 games. The Braves are expected to bring back pitcher Max Fried soon.
Zei gezunt to Zack Weiss, released by the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 1.
Speaking of Scott Feldman…