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JML Update, Games of 8/9/17

Posted on: August 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

On the day the Detroit Tigers (52-61) placed Ian Kinsler on revocable waivers, their stalwart second baseman had his best game in a while, becoming the third MOT in the last week or so to just miss a cycle. He hit his 11th home run (solo), 19th double (to drive in three), and a single in four official at bats (he also walked), driving in 40 percent of the team’s runs in their 10-0 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Alex Bregman singled and doubled (#29) in four at-bats as the Houston Astros (71-42) fell to the host Chicago White Sox (43-68), 7-1. Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Sox.

Ryan Braun, back in the familiar #3 spot in the lineup, was 2-for-4 as the Milwaukee Brewers (59-57) were shut out by the visiting Minnesota Twins, 4-0.

Joc Pederson only put the ball in play once, but that was enough. After striking out twice (he also walked), he drove in the game-tying run with a double (#19) in the seventh inning and then came around to score what proved to be the winner as the LA Dodgers (80-33) edged the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-2. He also made a nice defensive play.

Batting in the fifth spot, Kevin Pillar hit his 26th double in five at-bats, but the Toronto Blue Jays (53-60) lost to the visiting NY Yankees, 11-5. In another attempt to make money, MLB has scheduled an “anything goes” weekend at the end of August where players will be allowed to wear uniforms with whatever nickname they like. Pillar’s will simply have “Pill” on the back.

Once again, Danny Valencia sat out a game for the Seattle Mariners in favor of their newly-acquired first baseman, Yonder Alonso. The Mariners (59-56) beat the host Oakland As, 6-3.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (56-58) in their 5-1 loss to the host LA Angels. Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (51-61 ) in their 3-2 loss to the visiting  Philadelphia Phillies.

Scott Feldman update: According to Cincinnati.com, the Reds’ pitcher “threw a bullpen session and performed some on-field agility activities Wednesday in hopes of being able to make a start Saturday. Manager Bryan Price said the 34-year-old looked able, but doubts if Feldman will look fully healthy the rest of the year.

“I’m not going to say he looked good,” Price said. “He looked like he’s capable. I’m not putting it out there and saying this guy’s 100 percent, because he’s not.”

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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.

 

JML Update, Weekend Edition (Games of July 28-30)

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar hit his 12th home run on Sunday in one of the great comebacks in memory as the Toronto Blue Jays scored seven times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the visiting LA Angels, 11-10. Pillar’s long knock came with one man on base and decreased the deficit to 10-6. The Jays (49-56) pulled of the accomplishment with a walk-off grand slam by Steve Pearce, his second walk-off grand salami in four days. It was Toronto’s only win in three games. Pillar had one other hit in the game and the pair accounted for his weekend total in seven at bats (he appeared as a defensive substitute in Saturday’s meeting).

Alex Bregman‘s solo shot (#11) accounted for the only run for the Houston Astros (68-36) in their 13-1 loss to the host Detroit Tigers. He was 2-11 for the three games, two of which were won by the Tigers (46-56). Bregman is recouping from a recent hamstring injury but managed to avoid going on the DL.

Ian Kinsler was 2-9, missing yesterday’s finale, including his 17th double, 29th RBI, and eighth stolen base.

Ryan Braun just missed a two-run homer in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2-1 win over the visiting Chicago Cubs on Friday. He singled, doubled (#14), walked twice, and drove in the Brewers’ only run the next day in a 2-1 loss and was 0-for-4 yesterday in another defeat. The Brewers  (55-52) have lost seven of their last ten games and are 14-15 since Braun returned from the disabled list on June 27, falling out of first place and trailing the Cubs by two and a half.

Ryan Lavarnway got the start on Friday and responded by going 2-for-3 including a two-run double in the Oakland As’ 6-3 loss to the visiting Minnesota Twins. He appeared in the other two games as well, hitless in two at-bats with a walk. The As — 46-59 — took two of the three games.

The Twins made it official, releasing veteran lefty reliever Craig Breslow after designating him for assignment recently. Here’s hoping someone picks him up.

Danny Valencia was 2-for-11 with an RBI as the Seattle Mariners ( ) took two of three from the visiting NY Mets.

Joc Pederson was 2-for-6 with a double (#16) as the LA Dodgers (74-31) swept the visiting San Francisco Giants. And here’s another example of why Pederson is a mensch.

Richard Bleier struck out three batters and gave up a hit in two scoreless innings of work on Friday as the Baltimore Orioles (50-56) lost to the host Texas Rangers, 8-2. They took the series two games to one but the big news was Rangers’ third baseman Andre Beltre becoming the 31st player to get 3,000 hits. Mazel tov, Andre.

Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox (40-62) who lost two of three to the visiting Cleveland Indians.

According to this report, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Scott Feldman is coming along nicely and may not need any rehab games.

 

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JML Update, Games of July 26, 2017

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

A bleak day except for one brief shining moment.

Joc Pederson hit his 11th home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning to put the LA Dodgers on the board in a game that they would eventually win, 6-5, over the visiting Minnesota Twins to put them 40 games over .500 at 71-31. It was the only hit for Pederson in three at bats (he came out for a pinch-hitter in the eighth).

In fact it was the only hit for a MOT, period.

  • Ryan Braun, 0-for-4 in an 8-5 loss by the Milwaukee Brewers (54-49) to the host Washington Nationals.
  • Ian Kinsler, 0-for-2 in a 16-2 blowout for the Detroit Tigers (45-55) to the visiting KC Royals. He came out for a defensive replacement after the Royals scored nine runs in the top of the seventh.
  • Kevin Pillar, 0-for-3 in the Toronto Blue Jays (47-54) come-from-behind 3-2 win over the visiting Oakland A’s, scoring all their runs ion a two-run homer and a solo blast in the bottom of the ninth.
  • Danny Valencia, 0-for-4 in a 4-0 shutout loss by the Seattle Mariners (51-52) to the visiting Boston Red Sox.
  • The bad performances weren’t limited to just the hitters. Brad Goldberg gave up a run on three hits and a walk (one strikeout) in 1.2 innings of the Chicago White Sox’s 8-3 loss to the visiting Cubs. Given all those men on base, it’s surprising he gave up only one run. His ERA is now 14.73 and you wonder how much longer he’ll remain with the team. Then again, with the Pale Hose 20 games under .500 (39-59), might as well let him get this out of his system.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles  (48-53) in their 5-1 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays. Alex Bregman missed last night’s 9-0 loss by his Houston Astros (67-34) to the host Philadelphia Phillies. He’s listed as day-to-day and might be back on Friday. According to a UPI report (who knew there’s still a UPI?), “Reds RHP Scott Feldman (right knee) is making progress with his throwing program. Manager Bryan Price said Feldman would join the team this weekend in Miami to continue his rehab.”

And here’s a bizarre incident, non-JML related, but entertaining nonetheless. You know, the announcers complained, but if you’re gonna show up the umpires — who traditionally have little sense in the humor department — you have to expect something like this. And get off my lawn.

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JML Update, Games of July 26, 2017

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

No home runs last night. In fact, Jewish batters went just 4-for-21.

Alex Bregman had been relatively unscathed this year but that ended when he injured his hamstring running out a triple (#2) in his only at bat as the Houston Astros (67-33) shut out the host Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0. That came as the Astros’ first hit of the game in the top of the third. Bregman came around to score on a sacrifice fly but did not return to the field for the bottom of the third. According to Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch, “He got back to the dugout and complained a little bit of some tightness…. Nowadays that’s an immediate removal the way the situation is and our depth. He’s day to day.”

Joc Pederson had a double (#15) and a walk in four plate appearances for the LA Dodgers (70-31) in their 6-2 win over the visiting Minnesota Twins. Pederson scored two runs and drove the game-tying run so he accounted for half of the team’s production. He was also a hand in the field, too.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-5 as the Milwaukee Brewers  (54-48) shut out the Washington Nationals, 8-0. He also scored and had an RBI.

Danny Valencia was  1-5 with three strikeouts as the Seattle Mariners (51-51) scored two in the bottom of the 13th to beat the visiting Boston Red Sox, 6-5. He came out of the game for a pinch-runner in the 10th.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 for the Toronto Blue Jays (46-54) in their 4-1 win over the visiting Oakland A’s.

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Detroit Tigers (45-54) lost to the visiting KC Royals, 3-1. This is what gets me this time of year: the sports pundits keep harping about the trade deadline. They started even earlier this year, trying to generate excitement. Not really interested in all the rumors, tho I can see where some find it fun. But don’t tell me so-and-so tried to make a deal. Thy didn’t. case closed.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (48-52) in their 5-4 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays. Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox in their 7-2 loss to the host and cross-town rivals, the Cubs. No word on the status of Craig Breslow, who was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Twins. With the trading deadline coming up, I’m sure he’ll end up somewhere, despite his recent struggles.

Scott Feldman remains on the disabled list for the Cincinnati Reds, who lost to the host NY Yankees, 4-2. When you allow a run to score on a triple play, you almost deserve to lose.

JML Update, Games of July 24, 2017

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

The home run parade continues. Joc Pederson and Alex Bregman joined the double-digit club last night.

Bregman hit #10 — a solo job — along with two doubles in five at-bats as the Houston Astros (66-33) 13-4 over the host Philadelphia Phillies. Pederson cracked his tenth — similarly good for one run — to tie the game at 2-2 and help the LA Dodgers (49-31) beat the visiting Minnesota Twins, 6-4. It was his only hit in three trips to the plate.

Ian Kinsler was 2-for-6 in six at-bats as the Detroit Tigers (45-53) lost to the visiting KC Royals in 12 innings, 5-3. Still subject of trade rumors.

Danny Valencia drove in his 50th run of the year with a double (#16)  in the fourth inning to finish the scoring for the Seattle Mariners (50-51) in their 4-0 shutout over the visiting Boston Red Sox.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 but the Toronto Blue Jays (45-54) beat the visiting Oakland A’s, 4-2.

Richard Bleier tossed one inning of scoreless relief for the Baltimore Orioles (48-51) in their 5-0 win over the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox (39-57) in their 3-1 win over the host Chicago Cubs. Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers had the day off. Scott Feldman remains on the disabled list for the Cincinnati Reds. No one has picked up Craig Breslow yet. He was designated for assignment yesterday by the Twins.

Here’s the “Minor-League Monday” entry from JewishBaseballNews.com.

   
 

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