Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox) was the best of the MOTs, with 10 hits in 20 at bats, including four doubles, a triple, a home run, five walks, and seven RBIs, improving his batting average from .254 to .281.
Ryan Braun (Brewers) has been plagued by shoulder pain, which might explain the drop in his numbers (.299 BA). For the week, Braun was 7-28 with three runs scored, two doubles, a triple, four RBIs, and three walks.
Danny Valencia (Twins) had just six hits in 28 at bats, but they included a double and two home runs. Valencia had six RBIs for the week.
Ian Kinsler had just two hits in 26 at bats during the week, lowering his average to .224.
As expected, Sam Fuld (Rays) has been removed from the starting lineup for the time being as he continues to struggle. He had two hits in 16 at bats, but one of them was a home run, his second of the year. He’s fourth in the A.L. with 12 stolen bases.
Craig Breslow (A’s) had a busy week, appearing in four games for a total of 5.1 innings, four hits, and two runs. He pitched his longest stint in an 11-1 blowout at the hands of the Twins on May 19: 2.1 innings, three hits, and two runs.
John Grabow (Cubs) made two appearances, giving up two runs on four hits in 2.2 innings.
Jason Marquis (Nationals) picked a poor time to have his worst outing of the year. If he’d lasted just one more inning he could have picked up a win (albeit ugly) as the Nats had their best offensive showing in franchise history with a 17-5 win over the Orioles. Marquis lasted just four frames, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks. The good news is he didn’t take a loss. Because the game was hosted by an American League team, Marquis didn’t even get to take out his frustrations at the plate.
Ike Davis (Mets) is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list today, but his return at this time is doubtful.
Three of the four teams in the NBA semi-finals are owned/operated by Jewish executives. Mickey Arison’s Miami Heat lead Jerry Reinsdorf’s Chicago Bulls two games to one in the Eastern Conference finals while Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks have the same advantage over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.
Israel’s Shahar Peer lost her straight-set match in an upset to Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the opening round of the French Open on Sunday. Peer was the 19th women’s seed in the event.
For daily sports updates, visit Kaplan’s Korner.