fBy Ron Kaplan, contributor

Joc Pederson singled and doubled in four at-bats out of the lead-off spot as the visiting LA Dodgers (56-46) fell to Gabe Kapler’s Philadelphia Phillies (57-44), 7-3.

Alex Bregman was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as the Houston Astros (67-37) lost to the host Colorado Rockies, 3-2. On the bright side, the Houston Chronicle put together a slide show of Bregman’s career highlights.

Ryan Braun did not appear for the Milwaukee Brewers in their 7-3 loss to the visiting Washington Nationals. But he did reunite with former teammate Prince Fielder.

Ian Kinsler did not appear for the LA Angels (51-52), who clobbered the visiting Chicago White Sox, 11-3.

Robert Stock did not appear for the San Diego Padres (42-63) in their 6-3 loss to the host NY Mets, who designated Ty Kelly for assignment the day before.

Kevin Pillar remains on the disabled list for the Toronto Blue Jays (46-55), who lost to the visiting Minnesota Twins, 12-6. What lies in the future for the defensive wizard?

The game between Danny Valencia‘s Baltimore Orioles and the visiting Boston Red Sox was rained out.

And from Talkingchop.com, an Atlanta Braves-centric site, “Max Fried was dominant in his latest minor league rehab start and could very well be on his way back into the Braves rotation as soon as the team feels he’s 100%.”

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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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