JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Here are your Players of the Day for Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010:

  • 2B Jason Kipnis of the “AA” Akron Aeros (Cleveland Indians) scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning for a 3-2 win over the Reading Phillies. A second-round pick in the 2009 amateur draft, Kipnis went 3/5 with a triple and one RBI. His .332 average is high enough to lead the league, but Kipnis — who was promoted to “AA” mid-season — lacks enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting crown.
  • C Ryan Lavarnway of the “AA” Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox) went 2/4 with a double and a walk in a 9-2 victory over the Bowie Baysox. In 104 games this season with Portland and the “A-Advanced” Salem Red Sox, Lavarnway is batting a combined .279 with 16 HRs, 84 RBIs, a .378 on-base percentage, and a .460 slugging percentage. As this article points out, the 23-year-old Yale alum has cooled off a bit since a red-hot start in “AA” ball.