box 5-8-2015Today’s news

  • Ian Kinsler went 4-for-4 with a walk, a double, a 2-run single, and a rare walk-off bunt single in Detroit’s 6-5 win Friday over the Royals. The victory eased the Tigers into 1st place in the A.L. Central, half a game ahead of Kansas City ***
  • Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun reached base 4 out of 5 times and hit a 3-run HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th Friday, but the Cubs squeaked out a 7-6 win. The double was Braun’s first of 2015, an odd stat for a player who has hit as many as 45 in a season ***
  • Jew vs. Jew: Toronto’s Kevin Pillar went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly in Friday’s 7-0 win, but Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow won the battle of the Jews, striking out Pillar during a perfect 8th inning ***
  • Joc Pederson went 0-for-2 with a walk and his second stolen base in five attemptsas L.A. beat Colorado 2-1 on Friday ***
  • Oakland’s Sam Fuld went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base while teammate Ike Davis went 1-for-3 with his 8th double in a 4-3, extra-inning loss to Seattle ***
  • Cincinnati’s Jason Marquis starts Game 2 of today’s doubleheader against the White Sox. He’s won three starts in a row for the first time since June 2013 ***
  • Padres prospect Cody Decker (AAA) went 4-for-5 with a 2-run HR and a grand-slam HR on Friday as the El Paso Chihuahuas ended the Las Vegas 51s’ 14-game winning streak by a 10-6 score. The grand slam was Decker’s second in 4 games, and his 6 RBIs matched a personal record that had been set on 4/15/2011. Decker is tied for 8th in the Pacific Coast League with 20 RBIs in just 72 at-bats ***
  • Reds prospect Zack Weiss earned a save Friday in his second game since being promoted to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (AA) ***

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