By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Baby steps: Brad Goldberg lowered his ERA from 108.00 to 36.00 by tossing scoreless relief for 2/3 of an inning as the Chicago White Sox (38-54) lost to the LA Dodgers (66-29), 9-1, in a game that ended in the eighth because of rain. Joc Pederson entered the game as a defensive replacement and was hitless in one trip to the plate — against Brad Goldberg.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the Seattle Mariners (48-48) continue their hot play (relatively speaking) with a 4-1 win over the host Houston Astros (63-32). Alex Bregman was 2-for-3 with a walk and his ninth stolen base for the ‘Stros.

Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (43-51) lost to the host Boston Red Sox, 5-1. Sorry, no defensive highlights to see here.

Ian Kinsler was 1-for-5 with a run scored as the Detroit Tigers (43-50) lost to the host KC Royals, 4-3.

Ryan Braun — dealing with wrist and calf issues — didn’t play as the Milwaukee Brewers (52-45) lost to the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, in 10 innings.

Craig Breslow did not appear for the Minnesota Twins (48-46) in their 6-1 win over the visiting NY Yankees.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (45-49) in their 10-2 win over the visiting Texas Rangers.

Scott Feldman is on the DL for the Cincinnati Reds (40-54). They beat the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3, in 11.

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