JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS —With most minor leagues in playoff mode now, we’re afraid that JBN’s Players of the Day feature will be thinner for a while.

As it is, we’re trying not to think about the end of the MLB season. Don’t think about it, don’t think about it…

On the bright side, the winter leagues begin play in mid-October, and a handful of Jewish players are signed up and, provided the data are available, we plan to track them for you.

A quick injury update: 3B Danny Valencia of the Minnesota Twins missed his 4th consecutive game Tuesday with a tight right hamstring. Manager Ron Gardenhire predicted Valencia will return to the lineup Friday (9/10/2010), though the training staff may end up recommending otherwise. Gardenhire told the 25-year-old rookie is “dying” to play.

Meanwhile, here is your Player of the Day for Tuesday (9/7/2010):

  • Rookie 1B Ike Davis of the New York Mets hit his third HR in 4 games, a 3-run blast in the first inning that lifted the Mets to a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. The 23-year-old also singled and drew a walk. Davis is tied for 2nd among N.L. rookies in HRs (18) and ranks 3rd in RBIs (64) and runs scored (62). He has gone 8/15 in his past 4 games, lifting his batting average to .258 for the first time since July 20.