JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — We’ve been out to lunch for a few days. Here’s what’s happened in the MLB playoffs.

Valencia, Twins are out:

  • On Saturday (10/9/2010), the New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-1 to win the playoff series 3-0. Danny Valencia, the Twins’ rookie 3B, singled, walked and scored the team’s lone run. For the series, he went 2/9 (.222) with a double and 2 RBIs, walking once and striking out 3 times.

Kinsler, the only Jew still left in the playoffs, continues to play well:

  • On Saturday (10/9/2010), 2B Ian Kinsler drew a walk and stroked his second HR of the playoffs in a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. His 7th-inning HR had put the Rangers ahead 2-1. “I was hoping to be the difference,” Kinsler told “I wanted to be the difference. We needed six more outs.”
  • On Sunday (10/10/2010), Kinsler singled, walked, and scored a run in a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. He also dropped a pop-up, allowing the Rays to score the first run of the game. It was his second error of the series.
  • The fifth and final game of the Rangers/Rays series, which is tied 4-4, takes place Tuesday night (10/12/2010) in St. Petersburg. Through four games, Kinsler is batting a sizzling .357 (5/14) with 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.