By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Ryan Braun singled and doubled in five trips to the plate, driving in two runs (16 on the year) as the Milwaukee Brewers (12-11) beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 9-4.  Scott Feldman did not appear in the game for the Reds (10-12). Reporters are still talking about the possibility that Milwaukee will trade Braun.

Danny Valencia, back in the starting lineup, also singled and doubled (#4) in five at-bats as the Seattle Mariners (9-13) shut out the host Detroit Tigers, 8-0. Ian Kinsler was 0-4 for the Tigers (11-9). Valencia also swiped his first base of the year.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a run scored as the Houston Astros (14-7) dropped a 7-6 decision to the host Cleveland Indians.

Craig Breslow‘s mazel was that he put the first two runners on base in his relief appearance last night against the host Texas Rangers but neither of them scored. The Minnesota Twins hurler hit Rougned Odor and gave up a single to Ryan Rua to lead off the seventh. But Odor was caught trying to steal third and Joey Gall popped out to the catcher in foul territory. Breslow came out and Ryan Pressly struck out Robinson Cirinos to end the threat. The Twins (10-11) lost anyway, 14-3.

The game between Kevin Pillar‘s Toronto Blue Jays and the host St. Louis Cardinals was postponed by rain.

Joc Pederson remains on the disabled list for the LA Dodgers who lost to the host San Francisco Giants 4-3 in 10 innings.

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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