By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Poor showing by the boys. The only hit came off the bat of Kevin Pillar as the Toronto Blue Jays (57-61) beat the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1.

As for the others:

    • Ian Kinsler returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s game (sore hand). But he was ejected in the fifth inning after going 0-for-2 for “looking” at the umpire after a called ball —  not even a strike! Brad Ausmus was also tossed, killing two Jews with one thumb. The Detroit Tigers fell to Kinsler’s former team, the host Texas Rangers, 6-2.

  • Alex Bregman was 0-for-3 with a walk as the Houston Astros (72-46) were shut out by the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-0.
  • Danny Valencia entered the game between the Seattle Mariners (59-61) and visiting Baltimore Orioles (59-60) as a defensive replacement in right field. He was o-for-2 at the plate as his club lost, 11-3. O’s reliever Richard Bleier did not pitch.

That’s it. If there were other games with MOTs on the team, they didn’t play. The Dodgers, white Sox, and Brewers had the day off.

That does it for me. Heading up to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to wrap up the Hall of Fame’s Summer Author Series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.

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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