JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — I was watching my beloved (but struggling) Tampa Bay Rays play the Minnesota Twins last night (7/2/2010) when Twins 3B Danny Valencia came to the plate in the 7th inning with the score tied 1-1.

That’s the same Danny Valencia whom Jewish Baseball News recently identified as a fellow Member of the Tribe (Jews that is, not Cleveland).

Oh, bitter irony. The Rays fan in me wanted ace David Price to strike him out. But the loyal Hebe in me wanted Valencia to succeed on a big scale.

Fate literally broke the tie. Valencia hit an RBI single that put the Twins up for good, 2-1 (see video). The 25-year-old rookie, who made his MLB debut on June 3, finished the night 2-for-2 with a walk and is batting a crisp .333 in his brief major-league career.

Well done, young Valencia.

— Scott Barancik