By Ron Kaplan, contributor

What the “L”? None of the boys who played last night ended up on a winning team.

Mazel of the day: Kevin Pillar led off the game with a double and added two more as the Toronto Blue Jays (2-11) battled back but just came up a run short in an 8-7 loss to the visiting Boston Red Sox. It was the second straight game in which Pillar led off with a two-bagger. He also scored a run in his five trips to the plate and is only the third player this year with three or more doubles in a single game.

Craig Breslow allowed his first run of the year in the Minnesota Twins’  (7-7) 11-4 loss to the visiting Cleveland Indians. Breslow came on with one out, two on, and a run in in the fourth inning and shut the Indians down without further damage. But in the fifth he hit Edwin Encarcion with a pitch and gave up a single to Jose Ramirez. Lonnie Chisenhall sacrificed runners to second and third and that was it for Breslow. Justin Haley took over and gave up a sacrifice fly to close Breslow’s pitching line.

Ian Kinsler‘s batting average slipped to an even .200 following his 0-for-4 performance last night in the Detroit Tigers’ (8-5) 5-1 loss to the host Tampa Bay Rays.

Danny Valencia dropped to  a .154 BA with his 0-for-3 performance in the Seattle Mariners’ (6-9) loss to the visiting Miami Marlins.

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Meanwhile, Ryan Braun — who is being inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame — is going in the other direction. His two hits in five at-bats lifted him to .302. He also scored two runs, but his Milwaukee Brewers (8-7) lost to the host Chicago Cubs, 9-7.

Joc Pederson was 1-3 with a walk and his seventh RBI in the LA Dodgers’ 4-3 loss to the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 as the Houston Astros lost to the visiting LA Angels, 5-2.

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (9-5) in their 9-3 win over the visiting Baltimore Orioles. He’s scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Os.

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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