By Ron Kaplan, contributor

A lot of MOT-on-MOT action last night.

Alex Bregman singled twice in five at-bats, striking out the other three times. He drove in the sixth run of the game for the Houston Astros (5-2), who beat the host Seattle Mariners, 7-3. Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 for Seattle with two strikeouts.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-4 with a walk in the Milwaukee Brewers’ (3-5) 4-3 win over the host Toronto Blue Jays. Kevin Pillar — who has signed an endorsement deal with Powerade — was hitless in four at bats for the Jays, who have lost six of their first seven games. Pillar did contribute on defense, however, charging in and laying out to rob Jesus Aguilar of a hit in the top of the eighth:

Ian Kinsler was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Detroit Tigers (5-2) beat the visiting Minnesota Twins, 2-1. Craig Breslow did not appear in the game for the Twins. Originally, I thought this piece was about Kinsler being a mensch…

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds in their 6-2 win over the host Pittsburgh Pirates. The score matches the Reds’ record for the season.

Joc Pederson and the LA Dodgers had the day off.

In other (former) JML news, congrats to a couple of alumni of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic (HT to Jeff F. for these):

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And meow-zal of the day:

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 the forthcoming Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War.

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