By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Howdy, Rowdy! Rowdy Tellez has gotten off to an historic start for the Toronto Blue Jays with doubles in his first three at-bats. The first came as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday. He got the start Thursday, batting sixth behind Kevin Pillar. He doubled in the second inning then doubled again in the fourth driving in a run. He flied out in the sixth then doubled again in the eighth. So far, Tellez is 4-for-5, all two-baggers. His dad missed his debut because of flight delays, but he was in Toronto last night to kvell (although to be forthcoming, it was Tellez’s late mother who was Jewish; his father is Catholic).

Pillar was hitless in four at-bats as the Blue Jays (63-77) lost to the visiting Cleveland Indians, 9-4.

Robert Stock gave up a hit in one scoreless inning of relief as the San Diego Padres beat the host Cincinnati Reds, 6-2.

The Atlanta Braves (77-63) recalled pitcher Max Fried but he did not appear in last night’s 7-6, 10-inning win over the host Arizona Diamondbacks.

No other teams with Jewish members played last night.

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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