By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Joc Pederson collected his first home run of July and 12th overall as the LA Dodgers (45-39) crushed the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 17-1. It was Pederson’s only hit in five at-bats and led off the fourth inning. He also made this nice catch.

Ryan Braun was 1-for-5 as the Milwaukee Brewers (49-35) beat the visiting Minnesota Twins, 6-5, in 10 innings.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays (39-45) lost to the visiting Detroit Tigers, 3-2, in 10 innings. I missed one of the great plays in Pillar’s bag of tricks on Sunday against the Tigers. Think that will help him win a Gold Glove at last?

Max Fried did not appear for the Atlanta Braves (49-34) in their 5-3 win over the host NY Yankees.

So with the lousy season the NY Mets are having, and considering he was selected for the AAA All-Star Game, how about Zach Borenstein already?

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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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