By Ron Kaplan, contributor

With three MOTs on the disabled list, two others sitting in bullpens, and Scott Feldman starting every fifth game, there’s slim pickings when it comes to reporting on who did what these days.

The Houston Astros keep tinkering with Alex Bregmans spot in the lineup, including batting 9th last night. He responded by going 2-for-3 with his fifth homer, a single, sacrifice fly and two RBIs to help the Astros (37-16) beat the host Minnesota Twins (26-22), 7-2. The home run was Bregman’s 4th in the last nine games. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Twins,

Richard Bleier allowed one hit and one hit batsman in a scoreless ninth inning as the Baltimore Orioles (26-24) lost to the visiting NY Yankees, 8-3.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-2 but reached base twice — a walk and a hit by pitch — as the Toronto Blue Jays (25-27) beat the the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 6-4. He’s been in a bit of a rough spot, with just two hits in his last 20 at bats (the aftereffects of his suspension for his anti-gay slur?) and has seen his batting average drop from .315 on May 13 to .278. Feldman did not appear in the game for the Reds.

Danny Valencia was 0-for-4 with a walk –ending a seven-game hitting streak — for the Seattle Mariners (24-29) who beat the host Colorado Rockies, 10-4.

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 the forthcoming Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War.

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