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JML Update, Games of 8/23/17

Posted on: August 24th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

The descendants of Samson put on a power display last night with three of the five hits accrued going for home runs.

Alex Bregman hit his MOT-leading 16th — a three-run shot in the eighth inning to put the icing on the cake give the Houston Astros (77-48) a 6-1 win over the visiting Washington Nationals. Bregman, who also also singled, has gone yard in three of his last five games.

Kevin Pillar‘s #13 was indeed lucky. His only hit in four at-bats broke a 7-7 tie and gave the Toronto Blue Jays (60-66) an 8-7 win over the host Tampa Bay Rays. Somewhat shocked that MLB.com didn’t deem the blow worthy enough to include as a highlight clip for the game. What were they thinking? Pillar was still smarting from the previous game’s ejection.

Ian Kinsler matched Pillar’s total but it wasn’t lucky for the Detroit Tigers (54-71) who once again gave up double-digit runs to the visiting NY Yankees in a 10-2 loss. It was Kinsler’s only hit in four at-bats. He came out for a defensive replacement late in the laugher. At least it broke up the shut-out. Some are still talking about his ejection.

Not getting in on the fun: Ryan Braun, who was 0-for-4 for the Milwaukee Brewers (66-62) in their 4-2 loss to the host San Francisco Giants. Although he also has 13 “Braun blastsfor 2017 and is two shy of the “magic” 300 number, the Hammer has just one round-tripper since July 23. Not to worry, he still has his fans (read this story; it’s very charming).

Danny Valencia started in right field and batted cleanup for the Seattle Mariners (65-63) in their 9-6 win over the Atlanta Braves. He was 1-for-5 with a run scored. The Braves farmed out pitcher Max Fried, who had appeared in four games during since his MLB debut on August 8.

Richard Bleier walked the only batter he faced as the Baltimore Orioles (62-65) beat the visiting Oakland As in 12 innings, 8-7, on walk-off home run by Manny Macachdo.

And as I suggested recently, Scott Feldman is done for the year as he goes under the knife for knee surgery. He ends the season with a lot of sevens and ones in his record: 7-7 with a 4.77 ERA, giving up 21 home runs in 111.1 innings. He did manage to throw one shutout in there somehow.

Image result for Ryan SherriffFried and Chicago White Sox property Brad Goldberg may be gone, but there’s a new Sherriff in town: Ryan Sherriff to be precise. He was called up Tuesday by the St. Louis Cardinals. The 27-year-old, 6’1″, 215-pound lefty reliever from Culver City, California, was 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 48 appearances for the Memphis Redbirds. Mazel tov, Ryan.

Speaking of home runs…although the only MOT connection is that the LA Dodgers recently sent down Joc Pederson, they lost in stunning fashion after Rich Hill had pitched no-hit ball for nine innings, only to give up a walk-off, lead-off homer to Josh Harrison in the 10th for a 1-0 loss. The feat is worthy of a mention here, don’t you think? As the announcer said, “No-hitter gone, shut out gone, and now the game is gone.”

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JML Update, Games of 8/22/17

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

First Ian Kinsler gets in trouble with the umpire, now it’s Kevin Pillar. He was ejected by the home plate ump as he returned to the dugout following a ground out in the third inning. The Toronto Blue Jays (62-64) lost to the host Tampa Bay Rays, 6-5.

Kinsler drove in his 36th run with his 21st double of the year, his sole hit in three at-bats, as the Detroit Tigers (54-70) were pummeled by the visiting NY Yankees, 13-4.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-4 and drove in the game-tying run (#48) on a sac fly as the Milwaukee Brewers (66-61) beat the host San Francisco Giants, 4-3.

Danny Valencia was hit by a pitch as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning of the Seattle Mariners’ (64-63) loss to the host Atlanta Braves. Max Fried did not appear for the Braves (56-68).

Alex Bregman was 1-for-5 with a run scored as the Houston Astros (76-49) lost to the visiting Washington Nationals, 4-3.

Richard Bleier had his standard outing: 1.1 innings and no runs. But the Baltimore Orioles (61-65) still lost to the visiting Oakland As, 6-4.

The Chicago White Sox optioned Brad Goldberg to their AAA affiliate in Charlotte. Big surprise.

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JML Update, Weekend Edition (Games of 8/18-8/20, 2017)

Posted on: August 21st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Ian Kinsler was 2-for-10 with his 20th double, three walks, and a stolen base as the Detroit Tigers (54-69) dropped two of three to the visiting LA Dodgers (87-35). Despite the token handshake with umpire Angel Hernandez, as well as a fine, Kinsler stood by his comments that the arbiter might do better in another line of work. Steve Phillips, former GM of the NY Mets, criticized the ballplayer, saying on his MLB Network radio show that, “An umpire can’t say that a guy should be sent to the minor leagues to find a new job, that he’s not good enough to play in the league. It would be completely inappropriate.” I’m just putting that out there for the oppositionist point of view. Hernandez’s associates wore wristbands in solidarity:

“This week, a player publicly and harshly impugned the character and integrity of Angel Hernandez — a veteran umpire who has dedicated his career to baseball and the community,” the World Umpires Association (WUA) said in a statement. “The verbal attack on Angel denigrated the entire MLB umpiring staff and is unacceptable.”

Kinsler, speaking after the Tigers’ 3-0 loss to the Dodgers in Detroit on Saturday, said he didn’t care much at all about the umpires’ protest.

“I really don’t think too deeply into it. I hope they wear the white wristbands for the rest of their careers. I don’t care. I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, that’s their problem.”

Joc Pederson started the first game of that series, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. It was his only appearance since the team sent him to the minors when they acquired Curtis Granderson from the NY Mets. Disappointing but understandable: Pederson was hitting just .215 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 87 games. Hope to see him back soon.

Alex Bregman had himself a fine weekend: 5-for-13 with home runs in Friday’s and Saturday‘s games (15 on the year) along with his 30th double as the Houston Astros (76-48) took two of three from the visiting Oakland As. He drove in one run in each contest, bumping him up to 48. He also made a couple nice defensive moves on Friday.

Kevin Pillar also had a fine time with two hits in each game of the Toronto Blue Jays’ set against the host Chicago Cubs. Like Bregman, Pillar drove one across the plate in each game (32), but the Jays (59-65) lost all three games. He had two double’s in Friday’s loss, matching him with Bregman’s total.

Danny Valencia played in two of the three games between his Seattle Mariners (63-62) and the host Tampa Bay Rays. He was two-for-seven with his 61st RBI.

Ryan Braun started all three games for the Milwaukee Brewers (65-60) against the host Colorado Rockies, going 2-for-11 with a walk and two RBI (39). An article about a deal that was almost made with the Dodgers reminded me of a joke my boss told when a colleague of mine tried to alibi his way out of a situation: “And if my mother had wheels, she’d be a bus.” You had to be there.

More bad news for Scott Feldman: the Cincinnati Reds (53-72) put him back on the DL after just one appearance. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was done for the year.

Max Fried allowed a run on two hits in an inning of an 8-1 win by the Atlanta Braves (55-67) against the Reds yesterday for his only showing of the weekend.

After a couple of shaky outings, Richard Bleier appeared twice for the Baltimore Orioles (60-64) against the visiting LA Angels over the weekend: .2 innings with a walk in a 9-7 win on Friday followed by 1.1 innings the next day when he pitched a full scoreless inning in a 5-1 loss.

The Chicago White Sox (47-74) keep giving Brad Goldberg opportunities and he’s not making the best of them. His only appearance added to his ugly record: one run on one hit and two walks in Saturday’s 17-7 loss to the host Texas Rangers. Goldberg has a horrible WHIP (walks plus hits per inning) of 2.53. In 10.2 innings, he’s given up 13 hits and 14 walks while striking out just two. Sorry to say, but I know if I was on his team and saw him coming in from the bullpen, I would not be too happy.

 

JML Update, Games of 8/14/17

Posted on: August 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Poor showing by the boys. The only hit came off the bat of Kevin Pillar as the Toronto Blue Jays (57-61) beat the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1.

As for the others:

  • Ian Kinsler returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game (sore hand). But he was ejected in the fifth inning after going 0-for-2 for “looking” at the umpire after a called ball —  not even a strike! Brad Ausmus was also tossed, killing to Jews with one thumb. The Detroit Tigers fell to Kinsler former team, the host Texas Rangers, 6-2.

  • Alex Bregman was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Houston Astros (72-46) were shut out by the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-0.
  • Danny Valencia entered the game between the Seattle Mariners (59-61) and visiting Baltimore Orioles (59-60) as a defensive replacement in right field. He was o-for-2 at the plate as his club lost, 11-3.

That’s it. If there were other games with MOTs on the team, they didn’t play. The Dodgers, white Sox, and Brewers had the day off.

That does it for me. Heading up to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to wrap up the Hall of Fame’s Summer Author Series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.

JML Update, Games of 8/10/17

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 and drove in the third run of the game for the Toronto Blue Jays (54-60) in their 4-0 shutout over the visiting NY Yankees.

Ryan Braun singled twice in four trips to the plate as the Milwaukee Brewers (59-58) lost to the visiting Minnesota Twins, 7-2.

Alex Bregman split time between third base and shortstop, going 1-for-4 with a walk as the Houston Astros (71-43) continue to sputter, relatively speaking. While they have the best record in the American league, they have lost seven of their last 10 games. including last night’s 3-2, 11-inning defeat at the hands of the host Chicago White Sox (4-68). Brad Goldberg lowered his ERA to under 9.00 with 2/3 of an inning of work in which he walked one.

Ian Kinsler was hitless in four at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (52-62) lost the rubber game of their series to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-5.

Joc Pederson was also 0-for-4 but his LA Dodgers (81-33) beat the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-6.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Seattle Mariners lost to the visiting LA Angels, 6-3.

Richard Bleier had a bit of an off night: he allowed two hits in a walk and retired just one batter as the Baltimore Orioles (57-58) beat the visiting Oakland As, 7-2.

No games for Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves. The Cincinnati Reds may activate Scott Feldman from the disabled list as early as tomorrow.

A couple pf days ago I mentioned that MLB will feature a “player’s weekend” starting Aug. 25 during which which the athletes will be allowed to wear whatever nickname they like on the backs of the jerseys. Braun will supposedly wear “Ocho,” since he wears “8” as his number. Booooooring. It would have been much cooler if he wore “Hebrew Hammer,” or at least “Hammer,” if the Hebrew part might go against some policy. I hope to be able to compile a last of what all the JMLS wore, after the fact.

Finally, in the shameless self-promotion department: Local boy makes good.

 

 

JML Update, Games of 8/8/17

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

 

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Welcome to the club: Max Fried made his major league debut last night, tossing the final two innings in the Atlanta Braves’ 5-2 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. He walked two and gave up two hits while striking out one. Mazel tov, Max!

Alex Bregman had a two-out, game-tying, three-run triple (#4) for the Houston Astros (71-41) but the host Chicago White Sox (42-68) came back for an 8-5 win. Bregman, batting in the leadoff spot, was 1-for-3 with two walks. According to RotoBaller, he has 13 extra-base hits over his last 14 games. He wasn’t so great on the basepaths, however, getting picked off as well as caught stealing. Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Sox.

Ryan Braun, still batting in the second slot in the order, hit his first three-bagger of the year to go along with his 17th double and a single, but the Milwaukee Brewers (59-56) lost to the host Minnesota Twins, 11-4.

Danny Valencia hit a game-tying, pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as the Seattle Mariners (58-56) beat the host Oakland As, 8-7, in 10 innings. Ryan Lavarnway, whom the As had designated for assignment, cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA Nashville.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-4 with a run scored but the Detroit Tigers (51-61) lost to the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-3. Here’s an interesting take on how players market themselves from FanGraphs.com:

MLB players haven’t become ubiquitous in popular culture the way stars in other sports have. While the players themselves have remarkable talent, and fans already watching the game will know the names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Miguel Cabrera, but a casual observer or non-fan on the street would be hard pressed to pick those players out of a lineup. Whether it’s the structural problems the sport presents — star players are involved in a fraction of a Major League game, unlike in other sports, where teams can make sure their best players are involved on nearly every play — or the failings of the teams and the league itself to market their stars, baseball players just aren’t the marketing behemoths that basketball and football players often are.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities out there for players interested in marketing themselves, rather than leaving the heavy lifting to the league or their organization. What former Cubs catcher David Ross and Detroit Tigers second-baseman Ian Kinsler have done recently is demonstrate what happens when a player takes control of their own story, and uses the power of social media, television, and a bounty of available resources to help sell themselves (and perhaps a few products as well).

Kinsler has done well for himself on the field over the last several years, but has the kind of skills that often fly under the radar. He’s a career .275/.343/.448 hitter, a four-time All-Star, and a 2016 Gold Glove winner, but he’s not usually been regarded as a franchise player, despite performing like one. He’s precisely the kind of player who is beloved on his own team but gets little notice beyond that, in spite of turning highlight-reel double plays, or textbook perfect ball-drops.

Ian Kinsler is not a typical magnet for marketers. Because his appeal doesn’t have the same reach as bigger-name guys on the team like Miguel Cabrera or Justin Verlander, Kinsler is not the first choice for most companies. In spite of that, he has managed to craft an image for himself that mirrors his on-field persona.

In 2016, Warstic, the baseball bat company Kinsler co-owns with Ben Jenkins and White Stripes frontman Jack White, were approved for use in the MLB. Soon the bats were being sported by Kinsler and teammate Nick Castellanos in Tigers games and their popularity spread to other teams. Leading into the 2017 season, Kinsler and White loaned their individual talents to the promotion of Warstic by putting out a series of videos featuring Kinsler preparing for games as if he were a warrior heading into battle, while White’s music accompanied in the background. Kinsler, Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris, and Ben Jenkins were also featured in a short film ahead of the season in which the men learned sniper rifle techniques from Navy SEALs as a means to find their focus in the pressure of a game.

Even in a commercial where Kinsler promoted Beats by Dre headphones, his persona was the same. He is always careful about how he is portrayed, manipulating the medium to create a brand for himself. In every one of these ads he is the serious, contemplative warrior, preparing himself to face off against his enemies. The image crafted is that of a man who takes his sport and himself seriously. It is an effective method to maintain the image of a fierce competitor on the field, and a man whose life beyond the baseball diamond is a mystery, but one can almost picture him climbing onto a horse after the game and riding off into the sunset now that the battle is over.

Back to business…

Joc Pederson was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the LA Dodgers (79-33) lost to the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-3.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (53-59) beat the visiting NY Yankees, 4-2.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (56-57) who lost to the host LA Angels, 3-2.

Conflicting info re: Scott Feldman‘s return. One source says the Cincinnati Reds’ starter should be back by Saturday while another says he’s not as far along in his progress as had been hoped.

Correction: Yesterday I said that early 20th-century Pittsburgh Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss was the only Jew besides Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax to have a plaque in Cooperstown. Add former commissioner Bud Selig to the list. Selig was among the latest batch of inductees to go into the Hall. HT to Bob Wechsler for the reminder.

 

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JML Update, Weekend Edition (Games of 8/4-8/5, 2017)

Posted on: August 7th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar was 3-for-9 in two games (he missed Friday’s opener) with two runs scored as the Toronto Blue Jays (52-59) lost two of three to the host Houston Astros (71-40). Alex Bregman had one hit in each game, all for extra bases: his 13th home run on Friday, 28th double on Saturday, and third triple yesterday. The homer — a two-run shot to the opposite field — was part of a nine-run eruption by the ‘Stros in the fourth inning. Bregman’s record for the weekend included three walks, two runs scored, and four RBIs.

Danny Valencia also hit lucky #13. His two-run bomb opened the scoring in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday which was necessitated by a rainout on Saturday against between his Seattle Mariners (57-56) and the host KC Royals (he sat out the nightcap). He also had his third triple and a single in this one, so he was just one double shy of a cycle. On Friday, Valencia was 0-for-2 with two sac flies. Is he in danger of losing playing time now that the Mariners have acquired Yonder Alonso?

Ian Kinsler was 4-for-12 with a double and a run scored as the Detroit Tigers (51-59) lost two of the last three games in a four-game set to the host Baltimore Orioles (55-56). Three of those hits came in yesterday’s 12-3 loss. Richard Bleier had another scoreless outing in that one, going 2.1 innings and allowing two hits. In his last 10 appearances, Bleier has given up just two earned runs (three total) in 17 innings.

Ryan Braun split his time between left field and DH as the Milwaukee Brewers (59-54) took two of three from the host Tampa Bay Rays. Braun had two singles in 11 at-bats with two Ks and a walk. The two teams combined for just eight runs over the three meetings with the Brewers winning the first two by shutouts.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-6 as the LA Dodgers (79-32) swept the host NY Mets, a series that also included two shutouts. He walked twice in the Friday game and stole just his second base of the season. Pederson is hitless in his late eight games.

Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox (41-68) who suffered a four-game sweep at the hands of the host Boston Red Sox .

Used to be, years ago, that we would read about these things in the “agate” section of the sports page, the tiny fonts that gave us information about who was traded or injured or released. In the on-line version we have the Oakland As designated Ryan Lavarnway for assignment late last week. Lavarnway — a pillar of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic — had two cups of coffee for  the As: 11 at-bats over six games with two singles, a double, and two RBI. Here’s hoping he lands somewhere soon, especially since today is his 30th birthday!

Looks like Craig Breslow may have found a new home: The Cleveland Indians signed him to a minor league contract over the weekend. Mazel tov! And Scott Feldman will supposedly be returning soon to the Cincinnati Reds.

In another agate move, the Atlanta Braves called up pitcher Max Fried, one of those “highly touted” prospects who finds himself struggling in the pros. The 23-year-old lefty was just 2-11 with a 5.32 ERA in 19 starts for the team’s Mississippi affiliate in the Southern League (AA) where he walked 43 and struck out 85 in 86.2 innings. Fried has yet to appear in a major league game and until he does he’s not official.

I wonder if the Mets will bring up Cody Decker? The heart and soul of Team Israel is with their AAA affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s after spending some time with their AA club in Binghamton. Don’t know how I feel about this description from AmazinAveue.com, announcing a recent accomplishment in a game against the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Saturday: “The new pitcher, Jacob Rhame, left a big fat one for Cody Decker down and away, and the Jew bid adieu to that miscue, socking it over the left field wall for a game-tying three-run homer.” Between the two teams, Decker has 10 doubles and 10 homers in 68 games.

JML Update, Games of 8/3/2017

Posted on: August 4th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Congrats to Ian Kinsler. He joined the rest of the MOTs by hitting his 10th home run of the year to lead off the game. He also walked and scored another run in four plate appearances as the Detroit Tigers (50-57) beat the host Baltimore Orioles (53-55), 7-5. It was the fifth time this year and 45th in his career he began a game with a bang.  Richard Bleier pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Orioles, allowing one hit.

Danny Valencia hit his 12th home run and 17th double for the Seattle Mariners (55-55), who lost to the host KC Royals, 6-4. Valencia, who also walked and scored an additional run, leads all JMLs with 54 RBI. The solo shot — an opposite field job — came in the fourth inning to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead but had to be reviewed before becoming official.

Alex Bregman had two singles and a double (#27) in four at-bats, scoring once and driving in a run, but the Houston Astros (69-39) nevertheless lost to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3.

Brad Goldberg gave up a run on two hits in 1.1 innings and still got his ERA down, to an even — if ugly — 9.00 as the Chicago White Sox (41-65) lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 9-5.

Joc Pederson popped up on the first pitch he saw as a pinch-hitter as the LA Dodgers (76-32) beat the host Atlanta Braves, 7-4.

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers (57-53) in their 2-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. The other Ryan (Lavarnway) did not appear for the Oakland As (48-61) in their 11-2 loss to the host San Francisco Giants. Kevin Pillar and the Toronto Blue Jays had the day off.

JML Update, 8/2/2017

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Ryan Braun singled and doubled in four at-bats but the Milwaukee Brewers (56-53) came up short in a 5-4 decision to the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

Ian Kinsler scored one of the runs the Detroit Tigers (49-57) plated to shut out the host NY Yankees, 2-0, in a game that endured multiple rain delays. Kinsler was 1-for-4.

Same line for Kevin Pillar as the Toronto Blue Jays (51-57) beat the host Chicago White Sox, 5-1. Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Sox.

Ryan Lavarnway was 1-for-3 as the starting catcher for the Oakland As (48-60) beat the host San Francisco Giants, 6-1.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 as the Seattle Mariners (55-54) lost to the host Texas Rangers, 5-1.

Alex Bregman‘s 26th double was his only hit in three plate appearances as the Houston Astros (69-38) were shut out by the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 3-0.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-4 with an RBI as the LA Dodgers (75-32) lost to the host Atlanta Braves, 5-3.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (53-54) in their 6-0 shutout of the visiting KC Royals.

From Cincinnati.com: “Veteran right-hander Scott Feldman threw a three-inning simulated game Wednesday at PNC Park as he works back from knee soreness that landed him on the disabled list two weeks ago. [Manager Bryan] Price wants to see how Feldman feels Thursday before deciding if the 34-year-old will need a rehab outing in the minors before being activated.”

By the way, just because the non-waiver trading deadline has passed, that doesn’t mean deals can’t still be made. The major difference is that the players involved would not be eligible for post-season play. So we still hear buzzings about people like Braun, Feldman, and Kinsler moving to a different location.

 

JML Update, Games of 8/1/2017

Posted on: August 2nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

August already? Where did the time go?

Alex Bregman cracked home run #12, a solo shot, and drove in another run but the Houston Astros (69-37) still lost to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-4 and drove in the first run of the game on a ground out to help the Milwaukee Brewers (56-52) beat the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2. He also had an assist to throw out a runner at the plate in the top of the third to keep the Cards off the scoreboard for the moment.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-3 with two walks as the Toronto Blue Jays (50-57) beat the host Chicago White Sox (41-63), 8-4. Pillar also stole a base (#13), was caught stealing (#5), and had an assist on a play at the plate. Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Sox.

Danny Valencia singled twice in five at-bats, scored one, and drove in another as the Seattle Mariners (55-53) outlasted the host Texas Rangers, 8-7.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch as the LA Dodgers (75-31) held off the host Atlanta Braves, 3-2.

Ryan Lavarnway singled as a pinch hitter in the Oakland As’ (47-60) 10-4 loss to the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-4 as the Detroit Tigers (47-58) edged the host NY Yankees, 4-3. He’s the only laggard still in single-digit home runs.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (52-54) in their 7-2 win over the visiting KC Royals.

Nothing new to reports on Cincinnati Reds’ starter Scott Feldman.

 

   
 

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