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Alex Bregman awaiting his turn to bat at Tuesday's (6/16/2015) game against Cal State Fullerton (Steven Solomon)" src="" width="224" height="300" srcset=" 224w, 112w, 718w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /> LSU’s Alex Bregman awaiting his turn to bat at Tuesday’s (6/16/2015) game against Cal State Fullerton (Steven Solomon)

Here’s what’s going on in the world of baseball as of 6/18/2015.


  • Historic: Blue Jays teammates Kevin Pillar and Danny Valencia each homered Wednesday in an 8-0 drubbing of the Mets on Wednesday. Pillar went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and a deep solo shot, while Valencia went 1-for-3 with a walk and a 3-run dinger ***
  • Oakland’s Sam Fuld stroked a two-run, pinch-hit single in Wednesday’s 16-2 laugher over San Diego ***
  • Reds rookie starter Jon Moscot, who dislocated his non-pitching shoulder while diving to tag out a runner Monday, is not likely to return soon, manager Bryan Price said Wednesday. The extent of his injuries, and whether he’ll need surgery, has not yet been revealed ***
  • Vin Scully has been calling Dodgers games since 1950. During Wednesday night’s broadcast, he said rookie Joc Pederson “looks to be the best fielding center fielder the Dodgers have ever had.” The 23-year-old has 4 assists and just one error in 63 games this season and ranks among league leaders in several Saberemetric categories ***
  • Catcher Ryan Lavarnway went 0-for-2 and nixed Boston’s 0nly steal attempt Tuesday in his Atlanta Braves debut ***
  • Boston’s Craig Breslow, who had been out on paternity leave, pitched Wednesday for the first time in two weeks. The 34-year-old southpaw is two appearances shy of his 500th MLB game ***

MLB draft

  • For college players who aren’t picked, the annual MLB draft can be traumatic. Former Eastern Michigan catcher Adam Sonabend tells all in a recent blog post on Gabe Kapler’s website. Spoiler alert: Sonabend’s story has a happy ending. He’s currently an “organizational catcher” within the San Francisco Giants’ farm system ***


  • Both of the College World Series games played Tuesday featured highly-touted Jewish draftees. Alex Bregman, selected 2nd overall in this month’s MLB draft by the Astros, led LSU with 4 singles and a stolen base in a 5-3 win over over Cal State Fullerton (see photo by Jewish Baseball News reader Steven Solomon, above). Rhett Wiseman, drafted by Washington in the 3rd round contributed a double in Vanderbilt’s 1-0 win, which eliminated Texas Christian from competition. Next game: LSU versus Virginia, today ***
  • Mazel tov: Jed Moscot, brother of Reds rookie Jon Moscot, has signed a letter of intent to pitch for UC-Davis. The recent high-school grad struck out 86 batters over 64 innings his senior year while walking just 12 ***

In other sports

  • NBA MVP Stephen Curry isn’t Jewish, but mother Sonya Curry said this week that a “trip to Israel five years ago transformed her and sparked her interest in learning Hebrew” ***

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