What’s going on in baseball as of June 30, 2015?

  • No, Mets rookie Steven Matz is not Jewish, sorry to say ***
  • Speaking of Steven Matz, the young starter had 4 RBIs in his MLB debut Sunday, but he’s got a long way to go before matching MLB active career leader Jason Marquis, who drove in his 57th run earlier this season for Cincinnati ***
  • Slumping L.A. rookie Joc Pederson sent the ball soaring an estimated 458 feet Monday for his 20th home run ***
  • Oakland’s Ike Davis doubled and launched a towering 2-run HR on Monday, his first round-tripper since May 7 ***
  • Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun went 1-for-2 Sunday with a tie-breaking, 2-run HR, a walk, and his 9th stolen base in 10 tries as the Brewers beat Minnesota 5-3. On Monday, he went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Braun ranks 7th in the N.L. in RBIs (50) and HRs (15/tie). He’s hitting .265 overall, but .411 with runners in scoring position ***

Minor leagues

  • No. 2 overall draft pick Alex Bregman stroked his first professional HR and stole his first base on Sunday, as MLB.com noted. The Astros started the LSU star in Single-A rather than rookie or short-season ball ***
  • D’backs prospect Zach Borenstein (AA) smacked a 3-run HR on Sunday, his 5th round-tripper this season**
  • Angels draftee Dalton Blumenfeld, a 6’3″ catcher, hit an RBI triple in his pro debut Monday for the rookie-league AZL Angels ***
  • Mariners prospect Scott Dececco (AA) was “fantastic” Sunday, pitching 4.1 innings of no-hit relief while striking out 4 and walking 2 ***
  •  , selected No. 2 overall by the Astros in this month’s amateur draft, went 1-for-5 in his pro debut Friday with the Quad Cities River Bandits (A) ***

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