By Ron Kaplan, contributor

In limited MOT action…

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-3 as the Toronto Blue Jays (53-65) lost to the host KC Royals, 3-1. But let’s not forget his go-ahead slide to the plate on Sunday:

Joc Pederson grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and remained in the game in left as the LA Dodgers lost to the visiting San Francisco Giants, 5-2.

Robert Stock — who’s 100-mph pitches are generating buzz in among Padres fans and media — did not appear for San Diego in their 10-inning, 6-3 loss to the visiting LA Angels.

Max Fried is nearing a rehab assignment for the Atlanta Braves, who swept a doubleheader from the Miami Marlins, 9-1 and 6-1.

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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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