By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Only two MOTs in action last night,  but it’s quality, not quantity.

Joc Pederson drove in the first run for the LA Dodgers (18-14) against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates with a single in the first. He also drove in the 10th run on a double in the fourth en route to a 12-1 victory. Pederson added another single and scored twice. It was his first three-hit game of the season.

Kevin Pillar had a nice game, too, although he didn’t get any hits (0-for-three with a walk and a run scored) as the Toronto Blue Jays (12-20) beat the visiting Cleveland Indians, 4-2. His contribution was another sparkling outfield play that saved two runs. He was in the air a long time, wasn’t he? Sports Illustrated is already pushing it for “catch of the year.”

Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (17-15) in their 10-4 loss to the visiting NY Yankees.

Everyone else had the day/night off.

I guess if Ryan Braun hadn’t shot off his mouth about not taking PED, people wouldn’t still be talking about it today. After all, he’s not the only one who did it (not that that’s any excuse). He was expected to return to action today for the Milwaukee Brewers, as was Ian Kinsler for the Detroit Tigers.

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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