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A MOT milestone

(Statistics through June 13)

Yuri Foreman
Yuri Foreman

The hits just keep coming: Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun notched his 1,500th major league hit with a single in the sixth inning in a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on June 7. Braun is sixth on the list for most by a Jewish major leaguer (now that Buddy Myer is no longer considered a MOT), following Shawn Green (2,003), Lou Boudreau (1,779), Hank Greenberg (1,628), Brad Ausmus (1,565), and Ian Kinsler (1,592).

Barbershop quartet? In what may be a first, four Jewish Major Leaguers hit home runs on the same day. Kinsler, Kevin Pillar (Toronto Blue Jays), Danny Valencia (Oakland Athletics), and Joc Pederson (LA Dodgers), all connected on June 12. Braun hit two round-trippers the day before.

Up from the farm: Faced with a bizarre series of injuries that have left them hurting at the first base position, the NY Yankees signed Ike Davis, 29, to a $1.5 million contract on June 12. Davis had been playing for the Round Rock Express, the AAA farm team for the Texas Rangers, where he was batting .268 with four home runs and 25 RBI. Davis had previously played for the NY Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Oakland As. The Yankees had promoted pitcher Richard Bleier, also 29, at the end of May. 

Back to the farm: The Cincinnati Reds sent pitcher Jon Moscot to the minors. Moscot has had numerous issues, including staying healthy. He was 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA in five starts for the Reds this season, allowed 12 runs in just five and two-thirds innings over his two starts since coming off the disabled list. He has also given up an alarming 10 home runs in slightly over 21 innings.

Fore! Daniel Berger, 23, won the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, shooting a three-under par 67.

Clouting clergyman: Former world champion boxer Yuri Foreman scored an opening-round knockout over Jason Davis at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY, on June 5. According to Algemieiner.com, Foreman, a 35-year-old ordained rabbi, had “promised fans in a Facebook post that the eight-round match against Davis would be over before the onset of Shabbat, and he kept true to his word.” It was six years to the date that Foreman lost to Miguel Cotto in Yankee Stadium. 

Sources: MLB.com, Algemeiner.com, JewishBaseballNews.com

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