By Ron Kaplan, contributor

This time it was the Detroit Tigers (55-71) that scored double-digit runs, beating the Yankees, 10-6. Ian Kinsler was hitless in five at-bats in a game that was marred by hit batsmen and brawls. Pretty intense stuff, as you can see from the video. Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus was one of those ejected.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays were shut out, 2-0, by the host Tampa Bay Rays. His defensive counterpart and chief rival for top honors in center field, Kevin Kiermaier, was the one flashing the leather last night, making a couple of nifty grabs.

Alex Bregman had two singles and a double (#31) in five at-bats, but the Houston Astros (77-50) fell to the visiting Washington Nationals, 5-4 in 11 innings. Since the All-Star Break, Bregman has hit .336 — 8th best in the Majors among those with 150 post-All Star at-bats — 8 HRs, 24 RBIs, 5 stolen bases and a .404 on-base percentage.

That’s it. I told you it was light. So since this entry is so thin, I’m taking the opportunity for a little shameless self-promotion by posting this story from the Cooperstown Crier about my recent presentation at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bruce Markusen, manager of digital and outreach learning at the Baseball Hall of Fame, did a great job with the interview. Photo by Greg Klein/Cooperstown Crier

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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