Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler reached the 20-home run mark for the first time since 2011. The fifth-inning shot tied the July 21 game with the host Chicago White Sox, 1-1. The Tigers won, 21, in a rain-shortened seven innings. Ryan Braun hit his 14th (and first since June 29) in a 4-2 loss to the visiting Chicago Cubs on July 22. Danny Valencia hit #13 for the Oakland Athletics on July 25 in a 7-6 loss to the host Texas Rangers.
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman became the newest Jewish Major Leaguer (and the 18,809th in the Majors) when he made his debut against the New York Yankees on July 25. He batted sixth in the lineup and did not get a hit in four at bats as the Astros lost, 2-1. He hit a long fly ball to right field in his third trip to the plate that didn’t miss a grand slam by much, but it was caught just in front of the fence.
And another ‘going’
The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran safety/linebacker Taylor Mays.
Mays, who was signed by the team on April 15, would have been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The 28-year-old played in 14 games for the Oakland Raiders last season. He appeared in 50 games for the Bengals from 2011-14.
NFL training camps open on July 29.
Sources: JTA, Cincinnati.com, MLB.com