Ryan Braun has been in and out of the lineup (mostly out) over the past week due to a sore back, but a number of teams are still showing interesting in trading for the 32-year-old outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. Despite his recent forced time off, Braun is second in the National league with a .351 batting average to go along with nine home runs and 30 runs batted in. Pitcher Jon Moscot returned to the Cincinnati Reds after a stint on the disabled list. He was scheduled to make the May 31 start against the Rockies in Colorado. The Rockies released catcher-first baseman Cody Decker last week.
Around the diamond: The World Baseball Classic Qualifier will be held at MCU Park in Brooklyn, NY, from Sept. 22-25. The site is home to the Mets’ Single-A affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones. Israel will compete in a division that includes teams from Great Britain, Pakistan, and Brazil. Individual game tickets are $15 while a ticket strip (one ticket to each of the six games played in the Qualifier) is $60. Tickets are available via brooklyncyclones.com, mets.com, mlb.com, and worldbaseballclassic.com, or by calling 718-507-TIXX.
Tennis anyone? Seven Jews participated in the recent French Open, none of whom lasted past the second round of play. American players included Scott Lipsky and Noah Rubin. Others included Camila Giorgi of Italy and Amir Weintraub, Dudi Sela, Jonathan Ehrlich, and Julia Glushko, all from Israel.
Birthday greetings: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman turns 64 on June 2. Fred Lebow, running guru and “father” of the New York City Marathon, was born on June 6, 1932.