By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Ian Kinsler hit his 15th double on a two-out, 0-2 pitch to drive in two runs for the Detroit Tigers (43-51) in their 16-4 loss to the host KC Royals. Kinsler has a modest five-game hitting streak going on.

Danny Valencia was 2-for-4 as the Seattle Mariners (48-49) lost to the visiting NY Yankees, 4-1.

Joc Pederson was 0-for-4 as the LA Dodgers’ (66-30) 11-game wining streak came to an end at the hands of the visiting Atlanta Braves, 6-3. Now here’s a curious statistic: before his concussion, Pederson hit .200 with 2 HRs, 11 RBIs and a .623 OPS in 105 at-bats. Since his concussion? He’s hitting .287 with 7 HRs, 15 RBIs and a 1.025 OPS in 87 at-bats.

Ryan Braun flied out as a pinch-hitter as the Milwaukee Brewers (52-46) dropped a four-game set to the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3.

Kevin Pillar entered the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and host Boston Red Sox as a defensive replacement. The Jays (44-51) grabbed that one, 8-6.

Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore Orioles (46-49), who beat the visiting Texas Rangers, 9-7.

Scott Feldman is on the DL for the Cincinnati Reds (40-55), who lost to the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 12-2.

All the other MOTs and their teams had the day off.

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