By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Alex Bregman was 1-for-2 with two walks, his fifth stolen base, and a caught stealing as the Houston Astros (32-18) beat the visiting San Francisco Giants, 4-1.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 with a run scored as the DH for the Baltimore Orioles (15-34), who were crushed, 11-1, by the host Chicago White Sox. Richard Bleier did not appear for the O’s.

Ian Kinsler took an 0-for-5 collar as the LA Angels (27-22) beat the host Toronto Blue Jays, 5-4, scoring four runs in the top of the ninth. Kevin Pillar was 0-for-3 with a walk for the Jays (23-26). Funny how there are articles about Pillar’s “sustaining his strong start” (when he’s having difficulties at the moment) and Kinsler’s struggles on the the same day.

Speaking of Kinsler, he recently was interviewed about his decision to go to college in 2000 rather than accept a draft offer from his home-state Arizona Diamondbacks:

Joc Pederson had a pinch-hit double in the seventh as the LA Dodgers (22-27) shut out the visiting Colorado Rockies, 3-0. Pederson remained in the game in left field without another at-bat.

The Milwaukee Brewers (31-19) are 7-2 since putting Ryan Braun on the disabled list on May 17 (retroactive to May 14), Last night, they beat the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-2. Braun is eligible to come off the DL today.

Gabe Kapler’s Philadelphia Phillies (28-19) beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 4-0.

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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