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By Scott Barancik, Editor

The St. Louis Cardinals called up 27-year-old southpaw Ryan Sherriff today for the first time in his 7-year professional career. The Triple-A reliever will fill in a roster opening left by Trevor Rosenthal, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list. (For those wondering: Rosenthal is not Jewish.)



A 28th-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft, Sherriff — who played for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic — has had a stellar season so far with the Cardinals’ Triple-A club, going 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 6 saves in 7 chances. The Culver City has given up an average of 0.99 walks and hits per innings, the 4th lowest among Pacific Coast League pitchers with 50+ innings.

“Thank you for the opportunity!” Sherriff wrote on Twitter today. “Its been one hell of a journey for me and i know my dad is watching over me.”

Sherriff will be the third Jewish prospect to make his Major League debut so far in 2017, after Chicago White Sox reliever Brad Goldberg and Atlanta Braves reliever Max Fried. By unhappy coincidence, Goldberg was optioned back to Triple-A yesterday, and Fried — who came to Atlanta straight from Double-A earlier this month — reportedly is being sent to Triple-A today.

The Cardinals (63-62) play the San Diego Padres tonight at 8:15pm ET.

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By Ron Kaplan, contributor

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 groundout in the third inning. The Toronto Blue Jays (62-64) lost to the host Tampa Bay Rays, 6-5.

Meanwhile, 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.

Ron Kaplan (@RonKaplanNJ) hosts Kaplan’s Korner, a blog about Jews and sports. He is the author of three books, including The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games and Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War.

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