Here’s what’s new in baseball as of 6/23/2015:

  • L.A.’s Joc Pederson hit his 19th home run Monday. Less than halfway into the season, he has surpassed his full-year HR projections ***
  • Miami family and friends came to St. Petersburg to see Toronto’s Danny Valencia play the Rays on Monday, and he rose to the occasion, driving in 2 runs, playing two positions, and making this smooth tag at 3B ***
  • Detroit’s Ian Kinsler singled twice, walked, and drove in a run in Detroit’s 8-5 win Monday over Cleveland ***

Minor leagues

  • Miami assigned 6th-round draft pick Justin Cohen to the rookie-league Gulf Coast Marlins ***
  • Philadelphia sent 17th-round draft pick Kenny Koplove to the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters ***
  • Jason Richman, picked by Texas in the 18th-round, made his pro debut Sunday with the short-season Spokane Indians ***
  • Alex Katz, a 27th-round pick by the White Sox, made his pro debut Monday with the rookie-league AZL White Sox ***
  • Jake Thomas, chosen by Toronto in the 27th round, made his pro debut Monday with the rookie-league Gulf Coast Blue Jays ***
  • Nine of this year’s 15 draftees remain unsigned ***
  • Third-year Pirates prospect Jared Lakind made his first 2015 appearance Monday, a perfect one-inning rehab stint ***
  • Red Sox prospect Danny Rosenbaum made his first 2015 appearance Sunday. In a 4-inning rehab stint with the short-season Lowell Spinners, he gave up 2 hits, 2 walks and one unearned run while fanning 2 ***

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