By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Say hello to your newest JML: Rowdy Tellez, a 6’4″, 225-pound first baseman called up by the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday.

Ryan John Tellez had 22 doubles and 13 home runs with 50 RBIs in 112 games for AAA Buffalo before being promoted. He did not appear in Tuesday night’s 4-0 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. The Jays (62-76) had only three hits, and none of them came off the bat of CF Kevin Pillar, who went 0-for-4. By the way, Pillar was the Jay’s nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award, given to “a player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.””

Alex Bregman moves closer to elite status. He had three hits last night — all doubles, giving him 46 — scored a run and drove the first and last runs of the game for the Houston Astros (86-53) in their 5-2 win over the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Ian Kinsler was 1-4 with a walk and a stolen base as the Boston Red Sox (96-44) beat the host Atlanta Braves, 5-1.

Ryan Braun — described here as “Cubs fans’ version of Lord Voldemort” — was 2-for-5 with a run scored out of the clean-up spot as the Milwaukee Brewers drubbed visiting Chicago, 11-1.

Joc Pederson was announced as a pinch hitter but was himself pinch-hit for as the LA Dodgers (76-63) scored six times in the seventh inning to beat the visiting NY Mets 11-4.

Tough outing to Robert Stock: he allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with one strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief as the San Diego Padres (55-86) were shut out, 6-0, by the host Arizona Diamondbacks.

Call-up Ryan Lavarnway did not appear for the Pittsburgh Pirates (68-71) in their 7-4 win over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

Gabe Kapler’s Philadelphia Phillies (73-65) beat the host Miami Marlins, 9-4.

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

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