JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Here are your Players of the Day for Monday (9/20/2010):

  • 3B Danny Valencia of the Minnesota Twins continued his recent power display, going 1/4 with a solo HR in a 9-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old rookie has just 5 HRs this season but has hit 3 in his last 4 games. He leads all MLB rookies with a .335 batting average and, he is hitting .431 with runners in scoring position. Valencia showed good power as a minor-leaguer, hitting 14 to 17 HRs per year from 2007 through 2009.
  • RP Craig Breslow of the Oakland A’s pitched a scoreless 9th inning to preserve a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox and earn his 3rd save of the season. The 30-year-old middle reliever has a 3.15 ERA, tops among MLB Jews, and is having one of his best months of the season. His September ERA is 1.74 so far, second only to his May ERA of 0.71.
  • LF Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers went 1/4 with a two-run double in a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The RBIs lifted his season total to 93, one behind team leader Casey McGehee. As Jewish Baseball News reader JackW notes, Braun’s 41 doubles are a career high; he hit 39 both in 2008 and 2009.