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JML update, Games of May 22, 2017

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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The only blot on Feldman’s record was a home run allowed to the Indians’ Jason Kipnis. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Mazel of the Day: Looks like we got the Jekyll version of Scott Feldman last night. He picked up his third win, going six strong innings in a 5-1 Cincinnati Reds (21-23) victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians. Feldman allowed just four hits including a homer that accounted for the Indian’s line run. He walked two and struck out a season-high nine batters, including three in a row to start the game. It’s his highest K-count since the 10 he enjoyed while pitching for the Houston Astros in a May 10, 2015 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Craig Breslow and Richard Bleier  each pitched for their respective teams as the former’s Minnesota Twins (23-18) beat the latter’s Baltimore Orioles (25-18), 14-7. Breslow, appearing in his 17th game, tossed one inning of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and one strikeout, lowering his ERA to 1.72. Bleier faced two batters, allowing one hit and fanning the other.

Another game pitted two MOTs against each other: Alex Bregman was lowered to the ninth spot in the batting order, going 1-for-3 as the Houston Astros (30-15) beat Ian Kinsler (0-for-4) and the Detroit Tigers (21-22), 1-0.

The teams with the remaining JMLs — Ryan Braun, Joc Pederson, Kevin Pillar (still reflecting on his suspension for uttering a homophobic slur)and Danny Valencia — all had the day off. According to one source, Valencia, who injured his hand on a slide in Friday’s game, might be heaeded to the disabled list. Another source says his MRI came back clean.

And finally, the still-relevant “Minor League Monday” weekly wrap from JewishBaseballNews.com.

JML update, Weekend Edition (May 19-21, 2017)

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Ryan Braun returned to action from the disabled list for the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday against the host Chicago Cubs, going o-for-5 with an RBI on a ball hit softly to the pitcher. The Brewers (25-19) lost this one, 13-6, after beating the Cubs on Friday, 6-3. The Saturday game was postponed by rain.

Kevin Pillar also returned to action, but from his two-game suspension for a homophobic slur. He singled twice in five at-bats on Saturday, stole his seventh base of the season, and scored twice in a 7-5 loss to the host Baltimore Orioles. He was 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday’s 3-1 win. The Jays (19-26) lost to Os on Friday in 11 innings, 5-3.

Richard Bleier earned his first hold for the Orioles (25-17) on Saturday, even though he gave up two runs (one earned) in one-third of an inning, walking one, striking out another, but not allowing a hit.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 as the Detroit Tigers  (21-21) lost, 5-4, to the visiting Texas Rangers on Friday; 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a 9-3 win on Saturday, coming out of the game in the fifth inning when his hamstring tightened up on him; and hit his fourth home run to lead off Sunday’s game , a 5-2 loss. It was the 42nd time Kinsler opened a game with a round-tripper.

 1Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 with his ninth double as the Houston Astros lost to the visiting Cleveland Indians on Friday, 5-3. On Saturday, the Astros managed just three hits — none by Bregman in three at-bats — in a 3-0 loss. He cracked his second home run of the year (and his first in Houston) on Sunday to end the scoring in an 8-6 loss to complete the sweep. The Astros had trailed 8-1 at one point. Their 29-15 record is still the best in the Majors.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-2 on Friday, coming on as a defensive replacement as the LA Dodgers beat the visiting Miami Marlins, 7-2. He was hitless in three at-bats in Saturday’s 10-6 loss but hit his second homer of the year on Sunday to help the Dodgers (26-19) to a 6-3 win. He also walked and another run in this one.

Danny Valencia accepted congratulations Friday after scoring on a sacrifice fly, but he injured his hand a few moments earlier while sliding into third base on a triple.Danny Valencia hit his second triple and scored the only run of the game for the Seattle Mariners (20-25) in their 2-1, 10-inning loss to the visiting Chicago White Sox on Friday. He did not appear in their 16-1 blowout loss the next day after injuring his wrist on a slide in Friday’s contests. He also sat out Sunday’s 8-1 loss.

Craig Breslow pitch 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out one and walking one, in the first game of a doubleheader between his Minnesota Twins and the visiting Kansas City Royals, a game necessitated by a rain out on Saturday. The Twins (22-18) lost 6-4 but won the nightcap, 8-4. It was Breslow’s only appearance over the weekend.

Scott Feldman gets the start tonight for the Cincinnati Reds (20-23) in their intrastate series against the visiting Indians. Which Feldman will we see this time?

JML Update, Games of May 16, 2017

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Co-mazels of the day: Kevin Pillar doubled (#12) and homered (#6) in five at-bats but the Toronto Blue Jays (17-23) lost to the visiting Atlanta Braves, 9-5. Richard Bleier pitched the last 1.2 innings for the Baltimore Orioles (23-15) to pick up his first win of the year, beating the host Detroit Tigers (18-19), 13-11 in 13 innings. Bleier allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one.

Ian Kinsler had two singles and a double (#5) in eight at-bats, scoring twice and driving in one for the Tigers.

Alex Bregman grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and remained in the game at second base as the Houston Astros (28-12) beat up on the host Miami Marlins, 12-2.

Craig Breslow struck out one in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief but his Minnesota Twins (19-16) lost to the visiting Colorado Rockies, 7-3.

Danny Valencia was 2-for-3 with a walk and was caught stealing in the Seattle Mariners’ (18-22) 9-6 loss to the visiting Oakland As.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-4 as the LA Dodgers( 22-18) were eked out by the host San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

Ryan Braun remains on the disabled list as the Milwaukee Brewers (22-18) beat the host San Diego Padres, 6-2.

Scott Feldman has had back-to-back good starts. Can he make it three tonight when the Cincinnati Reds take on the Cubs in Chicago?





JML update, weekend edition (May 12-14)

Posted on: May 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

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Mazel of the weekend: Kevin Pillar was 2-for-3 with stolen base No. 5 on Friday as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the visiting Seattle Mariners (17-21), 4-0. Saturday was even better: 3-for-4 with his 11th double, two runs scored, one RBI, and his sixth stolen base in a 7-2 win. But Sunday was the best. He had just one hit but it was a big one: a walk-off home run to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 win and the series sweep. He also made another sensational grab in the outfield. Toronto has won five in a row and is 17-21 after a awful start.

The Mariners’ Danny Valencia had a double in four at-bats on Friday; 1-for-4 with a run scored, and an error on Saturday; and again 1-for-4 on Sunday.

Mixed mazel of the weekend: He wasn’t up very long and he wasn’t down very long. The Baltimore Orioles (22-14) promoted pitcher Richard Bleier on Sunday and put him to work immediately. Not to the good, unfortunately. He was the loser in a 9-8 decision against the host Kansas City Royals. Bleier allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk, including a solo home run, in two innings. I wouldn’t be surprised if they send him back down soon.

Bad mazel: Scott Feldman pitched another great game — seven innings, seven hits, two runs, a walk, and two strikeouts. But the game between his Cincinnati Reds (19-18) and the host San Francisco Giants went another 10 innings and ended in a 3-2 loss for the visitors.

Very bad mazel: The Milwaukee Brewers placed Ryan Braun on the disabled list on Friday with a strained left calf. Turns out they didn’t need him, sweeping the suddenly terrible again NY Mets. In the Sunday game, the Brewers (21-17) overcame a 7-1 deficit, scoring 10 runs over the sixth, seventh, and eighth inning for an 11-9 win.

Alex Bregman got to play against the NY Yankees on the day his hero, Derek Jeter, had his number retired. (That does it for the single digits for the Bronx Bombers. All that’s left is a big fat zero, literally.) The teams had to play a doubleheader on Sunday since Saturday’s contest was a washout. Bregman was hitless in four at-bats in the opener, a 10-6 loss. In the nightcap following the ceremonies, he hit his first grand slam, his sole hit in four at-bats as the Astros (26-12) earned a split with the 11-7 win. He was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and his third stolen base in Friday’s 5-1 Astros win.

Joc Pederson hit his fifth double and also singled in five at-bats, scoring a run and driving in another as the LA Dodgers beat the host Colorado Rockies, 6-2. He entered the Saturday game as a pinch-runner in the sixth and was 0-for-1 the rest of the way in a 4-0 win. On Sunday he was 0-for-3 with a walk and came out of the game for pinch hitter in the eight as the Dodgers (22-16) lost the finale, 9-6. Pederson is even dangerous when he doesn’t put the ball in fair territory.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-4 on Friday as the host LA Angels trounced his visiting Detroit Tigers, 7-0. He was 1-for-3 with a walk on Saturday and was caught stealing for the first time this year in . He was 1-for-4 on Sunday with just his fourth double in a 4-1 loss (18-18). Brad Ausmus got a mention other than for managing the team.

Craig Breslow threw one scoreless inning for the Minnesota Twins ( 19-15) on Sunday in an 8-3 loss to the host Cleveland Indians, his only appearance for the weekend.


JML update, weekend edition (May 5-7): Scott Feldman shines

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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It’s been a rough few days for the boys, several of whom have been hit by the injury bug.

Ian Kinsler and Ryan Braun missed all of the Detroit Tigers’ and Milwaukee Brewers’ games, respectively, over the weekend. Kinsler is suffering from a slightly pulled hammy (anathema to the MOTs) while Braun is dealing with a sore wing. Neither were put on the disabled list, which meant their ball clubs have been short a player during this time. The Tigers (15-15) lost two of three to the host Oakland A’s while the Brewers (15-17) dropped two of three to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Braun might be back as early as Tuesday, the same “prognosis” as Kinsler.

Joc Pederson, who rejoined the LA Dodgers (17-14) on Friday following his stint on the DL, was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his return, an 8-3 win over the host San Diego Padres. On Saturday, Pederson entered the game as a defensive replacement, was hit by a pitch, and scored a run as the Dodgers add a deuce to the previous day’s score, beating the Padres 10-2. The Sunday game was postponed by rain, contrary to the song.

Major Mazel goes to Scott Feldman who pitched perhaps one of the best games of his career yesterday, blanking the visiting San Francisco Giants for his third career shutout, 4-0. Feldman, who’s alternated between decent and terrible starts for as long as I can remember, struck out five and gave up four hits and a walk for his for second win against three losses as the Cincinnati Reds (17-14) completed the sweep. It was their first complete game of the year

Kevin Pillar hit his ninth double and singled twice, with a run scored and an RBI, to help the Toronto Blue Jays (11-20) double up on the host Tampa Bay Rays, 8-4, on Friday. He was 0-for-4 the next day in a 6-1 loss, then finished up the series by hitting his 10th two-bagger and scored the game-tying run in what would end as a 2-1 Blue Jays win. It was his only hit in three official at-bats. He also walked and stole his fourth base.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-6 in the Seattle Mariners’ 3-1, 13-inning loss to the visiting Texas Rangers on Friday. He singled in four at-bats the next day, scoring one run and driving in two in an 8-4 win on Saturday and appeared as a pinch-hitter on Sunday, knocking in two more runs to tie the Rangers, 3-3. The M-Men (15-17) went on to win, 4-3, on a Kyle Seager home run in the eighth. He didn’t make the start because of — you guessed it — a slight hamstring issue. He is batting over .350 over his last nine games.

Alex Bregman sat out Friday’s game for the Houston Astros (21-11), a 7-5, 10-inning win over the host LA Angels. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Saturday in a 2-1 loss and 1-for-3 with his sixth double and a run scored in a 5-3 win on Sunday. The Astros are tied with the Washington Nationals for most wins in the Majors.

The Boston Red Sox beat up on their host, the Minnesota Twins (15-13), on Saturday, 11-1. Craig Breslow came away unscathed, allowing one hit in an inning of relief. It was his only appearance on the weekend.


JML Update, games of May 4, 2017

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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Just three MOTs in action last night:

Mazel of the day: is this a turnaround or a tease? Danny Valencia had four hits, including his third home run of the season — a solo upper deck job —  to lead the Seattle Mariners (13-16) to an 11-3 bludgeoning over the visiting LA Angels. he also had two run-scoring singles.

Craig Breslow pitched two innings in relief for the Minnesota Twins, giving up two hits, including a solo home run. He also struck out two as the Twins (14-12) lost to the visiting Oakland A’s, 8-6.

Alex Bregman singled in three official at-bats and also walked twice for the Houston Astros (19-10) in their 10-4 loss to the visiting Texas Rangers. Bregman also made his third error of the season.

Ian Kinsler and the Detroit Tigers (14-13) saw their game against the visiting Cleveland Indians rained out. Good thing; he could use the extra rest to get over his hamstring tweak.

Ryan Braun, still nursing a bad back, did not play for the Milwaukee Brewers (15-14) in their 5-4 win over the host St. Louis Cardinals. Seems that the injury has an affect on his throwing. Too bad the Brewers aren’t in the AL any more.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (14-14) in their 4-2 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. And by the way, starting pitcher Tim Adelman? Not a MOT.

Kevin Pillar shoots a flare for a single in the first inning of the April 28 game against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Rogers Centre.Kevin Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays (9-19) had the day off, as did Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers (15-14). Pederson is expected to rejoin the team today after a stint on the disable list with an upper leg injury. Could Pillar, right,  join Pederson (and Braun) on the trading block? Maybe he should go back to hockey.

The Baltimore Orioles sent Richard Bleier back to the minors yesterday. He made one appearance during his brief time with the team, tossing four innings of relief on Wednesday when starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was ejected for hitting a Red Sox batter.Here Tigers manager Brad Ausmus picks sides in that incident.

In non-JML news, Rabbi Jason Miller, who helped me resurrect (can I use that word?) Kaplan’s Korner after I left the NJ Jewish News in September, conducted this interview with Peter Kurz, president of the Israel Association of Baseball, on that nation’s amazing run at the recent World Baseball Classic.


JML Update, Weekend edition (Games of April 28-30)

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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First of all, welcome back Richard Bleier. The Baltimore Orioles promoted him on Sunday. According to CBS Sports, “Bleier will likely be in line for lower-leverage work in the middle innings. Bleier, 30, had given up one run over nine innings in five relief appearances at Norfolk this season.” He did not appear in the Orioles’ 7-3, 11-inning win over the host NY Yankees. So if you include Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, that gives the MOTs a minyan. (HT to Scott Barancik at JewishBaseballNews.com for the news.)

Kevin Pillar went 4-for-4 in a 7-4 loss by the Toronto Blue Jays to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. That included two singles, his second double, and fourth home run, coming up just a triple short of a cycle. With all that, he drove in just one run (he also walked). Pillar probably wishes he spread it around a bit: he went a collective 0-for-8 in the other two games, both wins for the Jays, who are now 12-14 following a very slow start.

Ryan Braun hit his seventh home run of the year on Friday as the Milwaukee Brewers (13-13) saw the visiting Atlanta Braves break an 8-8 ties in the top of the ninth for a 10-8 win. Braun added two singles to the night’s performance. He made this nice throw to nab a runner on Saturday but was later ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Judging solely by the replay, it seemed like the call came a little late. Like Pillar, Braun failed to get a hit the rest of the weekend (0-for-6). He had to come out of the Sunday game with tightness in his upper back.

Alex Bregman was 2-6 with an RBI in the first two games for the Houston Astros (16-9) over the visiting Oakland. He was dropped to ninth in the lineup in Saturday’s game, which he couldn’t have been too happy about. He was given the day off on Sunday which saw the ‘Stros lose to miss the sweep..

The Seattle Mariners (11-15) dropped two of three to the host Cleveland Indians. Danny Valencia did not appear in Friday’s game, was 0-for-3 with a walk on Saturday, and appeared as a defensive replacement on Sunday.

Ian Kinsler continues to struggle. He was just 1-for-14 in a win and two losses by the Detroit Tigers (12-12) to the visiting Chicago White Sox. He scored twice, struck out twice, and walked once, lowering his batting average to .207.

Craig Breslow picked up his first win of the season on Friday, retiring the only batter he faced in a 6-4 Minnesota Twins (12-11) decision over the host Kansas City Royals. It was his only appearance over the weekend, the Twins taking two games, with the middle one postponed.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (11-13), who split their two games with the host St. Louis Cardinals, the Saturday contest postponed by rain. He gets the call on Tuesday against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Joc Pederson may come off the DL next Friday for the LA Dodgers (14-12), who swept their series against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

JML update, Games of April 26, 2017

Posted on: April 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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Ryan Braun singled and doubled in five trips to the plate, driving in two runs (16 on the year) as the Milwaukee Brewers (12-11) beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 9-4.  Scott Feldman did not appear in the game for the Reds (10-12). And they’re still talking about trading Braun.

Danny Valencia, back in the starting lineup, also singled and doubled (#4) in five at-bats as the Seattle Mariners (9-13) shut out the host Detroit Tigers, 8-0. Ian Kinsler was 0-4 for the Tigers (11-9). Valencia also swiped his first base of the year.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a run scored as the Houston Astros (14-7) dropped a 7-6 decision to the host Cleveland Indians.

Craig Breslow‘s mazel was that he put the first two runners on base in his relief appearance last night against the host Texas Rangers but neither of them scored. The Minnesota Twins hurler hit Rougned Odor and gave up a single to Ryan Rua to lead off the seventh. But Odor was caught trying to steal third and Joey Gall popped out to the catcher in foul territory. Breslow came out and Ryan Pressly struck out Robinson Cirinos to end the threat. The Twins (10-11) lost anyway, 14-3.

The game between Kevin Pillar‘s Toronto Blue Jays and the host St. Louis Cardinals was postponed by rain.

Joc Pederson remains on the disabled list for the LA Dodgers who lost to the host San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 10 innings.

Jewish Baseball News posted this item, “All-time batting leader list contains some surprises.”

JML update, games of April 25, 2017

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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Mazel of the Day: Ian Kinsler was 4-for-5 with a double, four runs scored (including one on a wild pitch), and two RBIs as the Detroit Tigers (11-8) scored nine times in the fifth en route to crushing the visiting Seattle Mariners, 19-9. The teams combined for 40 hits, two of those courtesy of Danny Valencia who came into the game for the Mariners  (8-13) in the third inning as a pinch-runner for rightfielder Mitch Haniger, who sustained an injury diving back to first on a pick-off play. Valencia remained in the game and went 2-for-2 — including his first home run of the year — plus two walks so he gets half a mazel for stepping in and stepping up.

Anti-mazel: Scott Feldman is reverting to his Jekyll and Hyde pitching persona, going back and forth between good and bad performances. This was the bad one: Feldman allowed four runs on five hits and five walks (he also struck out five) in a 9-1 loss to the host Milwaukee Brewers. On the bright side, none of the hits was a home run. Ryan Braun was 0-for-4 with a strikeout by Feldman. Almost surprised to see him back given the three foul balls he hit off his foot the day before. The Reds fall to 10-11 following a surprisingly strong start. The Brewers even their season record at 11-11.

Kevin Pillar hit his first triple of the year, his only hit in five at-bats (he also walked). He scored twice and drove in a run with that triple in amazing fashion (see below) in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-5, 11-inning win over the host St. Louis Cardinals. The Jays improve to 6-14.

Alex Bregman singled in four at-bats as the Houston Astros (14-6) beat the host Cleveland Indians, 4-2.

Craig Breslow gave up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning for the Minnesota Twins (10-10) who beat the host Texas Rangers, 8-1.

Joc Pederson remains on the DL for the LA Dodgers, who beat the host San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

In other JML “news,” Ron Blomberg, the first designated hitter in the Majors, was the subject of this “Four Questions” interview by the Atlanta Jewish News. Blomberg is scheduled to speak at the 14th annual JNF Atlanta Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast on Yom HaAtzmaut, Tuesday, May 2, at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North in Sandy Springs.

Ron Blomberg, left, with Ron Kaplan

The two Rons. Blomberg, left, and Kaplan at Yankees Fantasy Camp in 2009.


JML Update, Games of April 21-23, 2017

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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Mazel of the Weekend: Kevin Pillar continues to produce in the leadoff spot for the Toronto Blue Jays. Although he was just 3-for-14, two of those hits went for his second and third home runs of the year. He drove in three and scored a total of three runs as the Jays (5-13) took two of three from the host LA Angels. He has an 11-game hitting streak going on and, in fact, has a hit in 16 of his 18 games in 2017. And of course, there’s the defense:


Ryan Braun was also in home run mode for the Milwaukee Brewers (9-11). He hit his sixth on Friday, one of his four hits in 12 at-bats in a  three-game sweep at the hands of the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. Braun drove in the first run of yesterday’s game with his third double. He also had a defensive “highlight,” making a great diving catch but then throwing the ball away for an error that allowed a run to score.

Ian Kinsler was 3-for-14 with a run scored, a walk, and two strikeouts as the Detroit Tigers (10-8) took two of three from the host Minnesota Twins (8-10).

Craig Breslow entered Saturday’s game in the sixth inning for the Twins with one on and no out, giving up an RBI double (so that run didn’t go against his record) and in turn had the pitcher who relieved him allow Breslow’s responsibility to score, so that seems fair. Breslow came on in the sixth again in yesterday’s game with two on, two out, and three runs already in for the Tigers and ended the threat with a strikeout. He retired the side in the seventh without incident.

The LA Dodgers inserted Joc Pederson into the leadoff spot on Friday. He responded by singling, doubling, and scoring twice in four at bats in Friday’s 13-5 loss to the host Arizona Diamondbacks. The next day he was hitless in four at-bats (three strikeouts) from the sixth spot in the lineup in an 11-4 loss. Yesterday he was back on top, with a double and run scored (plus a walk) as the Dodgers (9-10) avoided the sweep with a 6-2 win. Pederson came out of the game after his at-bat in the sixth inning with some upper leg tightness.

Alex Bregman was 3-for-11 with two strikeouts and two walks as the Houston Astros (an AL-best 13-5) took two of three from the host Tampa Bay Rays. He has a five-game hitting streak (what’s the minimum number to start noting streaks these days?).

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 on Friday and 0-for-3 on Saturday for the Seattle Mariners (8-12) in two losses to the Oakland As. He did not appear in Sunday’s game, an 11-1 Mariners win. Valencia is having the toughest time of all the MOTs, batting just .145, and he might be squandering his opportunity.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (10-9), who lost two of three to the visiting Chicago Cubs. His next start comes tomorrow against Braun’s Brewers.



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