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The stars will be shining in Denver next month, but which of the game’s best players will be on display in the 91st Midsummer Classic? Balloting for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard launched at noon p.m. ET Thursday, giving fans an opportunity to vote for the best players in the sport. The
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ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson continued to lead the charge on offense, and thanks to a couple of milestones, Atlanta’s offense came alive to secure a 5-1 victory over Washington in the series finale at Truist Park on Thursday afternoon. With Austin Riley on second in the bottom of the sixth after an RBI double, Swanson
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ATLANTA — Braves manager Brian Snitker isn’t ruling out the possibility of adding Shane Greene to his bullpen within the next few days. “I think there’s always a chance,” Snitker said prior to Wednesday’s game against the Nationals at Truist Park. “We just need to get him to the ballpark.” After making his third scoreless
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ATLANTA — Just when it looked like the Braves might distance themselves from the misery that has followed them most of the past week, A.J. Minter surrendered a decisive eighth-inning homer in a 5-3 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday night at Truist Park. It’s been that kind of week for the Braves, who have
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Another new Rookie Power Rankings, another Marlin at the top of the list. Miami left-hander Trevor Rogers climbed two places to take over the No. 1 spot in this latest edition of the RPR, replacing infielder and teammate Jazz Chisholm Jr. at the top. The most notable jumper might be one spot lower, however, in
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MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Braves this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game. June 1: Nationals 11, Braves 6 — Big bat, fleet feetRonald Acuña Jr. hit his Major League-leading 17th homer and recorded two stolen bases in a loss to the Nationals. He
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ATLANTA — Stephen Strasburg made an early exit and Ronald Acuña Jr. added to his Major League-leading home run total, but instead of taking advantage of an opportunity to even their record, the Braves fumbled their way to an 11-6 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday night at Truist Park. “That game had a bad
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This Wednesday, June 2, is Lou Gehrig Day, the day he began his consecutive games streak that would end at 2,130. (A more round number than Cal Ripken’s 2,632.) Both Gehrig’s and Ripken’s streaks seem incredibly disassociated from the game of baseball as it is played today, and really, any sport: Suffice it to say,
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ATLANTA — Time will tell how the remainder of this season will develop. But it’s hard to believe any month will be more challenging for the Braves than May, which actually concluded on a positive note with a 5-3 win over the Nationals on Monday night at Truist Park. Energized by a packed house for
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ATLANTA — Three days later, the Braves have opted to fill their left-field void with an actual outfielder. Before Monday’s series opener against the Nationals, the Braves selected the contract of Abraham Almonte from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned right-handed reliever Jay Flaa to Gwinnett. Right-handed pitcher Huascar Ynoa was transferred to the 60-day injured list
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The MLB regular season is six months long, which allows us to break the season into six convenient chunks. Each of these chunks is equal to one another, even if it doesn’t seem that way at the time; it always feels, in the moment, that the first and last months count more. But throughout the
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The Braves flew back to Atlanta on Sunday night to conclude a seven-day road trip that included just three games. This unique journey included two off-days and a pair of rainouts, including one that canceled their Sunday night matchup against Jacob deGrom. Rain forced the Mets to postpone Sunday’s series finale against the Braves at
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NEW YORK — Like many New Yorkers, the Mets had their best-laid Memorial Day Weekend plans washed away. Sunday’s Mets-Braves game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Monday, July 26, at 5:10 p.m. ET. The Mets and Braves managed to play just one of
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ATLANTA — Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident in the Atlanta area on Saturday. According to Fulton County arrest records, Ozuna’s specific charges were aggravated assault strangulation and battery – family violence. The Braves issued this statement regarding the 30-year-old outfielder: “We learned of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest earlier this
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The return of the 162-game schedule, compared to last year’s 60-game sprint, gives slow starters quite a bit more breathing room. The first month no longer amounts to half of the entire season. Still, even in a normal year, slumping out of the gates is tough. It magnifies failure. A rough two weeks in April
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Before beginning a Zoom session with reporters on Friday, Braves manager Brian Snitker apologized for prematurely ruling Mike Soroka out for the season. He made the mistake while appearing on MLB Network’s “High Heat” a few hours earlier. “I messed up today when I was on that little TV show with Mad Dog [Chris Russo],”
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Friday’s Braves game against the Mets has been postponed due to inclement weather. Details regarding the rescheduling of Friday’s game will be announced a later date. A paid ticket for tonight’s game marked “Friday, May 28, 2021 ’ Game 22” may be exchanged for a ticket comparable in price and location to another Mets 2021
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Jay Jaffe FanGraphs Chat ’ 5/28/21 by Jay Jaffe May 28, 2021 New York Can’t Catch a Break   Brooklyn-based Jay Jaffe is a senior writer for FanGraphs, the author of The Cooperstown Casebook (Thomas Dunne Books, 2019) and the creator of the JAWS (Jaffe WAR Score) metric for Hall of Fame analysis. He founded
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Chin Music, Episode 15: Super Weird Exotic Nonsense by Kevin Goldstein May 28, 2021 It’s a long weekend, folks, so get it started with another episode of Chin Music. The co-host chair stays away from New York, as the always wonderful Ben Clemens joins me from San Francisco to yammer about baseball and other things.
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Effectively Wild Episode 1700: Dirty Secrets and Naked Truths by Ben Lindbergh May 28, 2021 Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about Javier Báez and Will Craig combining on a baffling blooper, a naked streaker seizing the moment during a rain delay at Nationals Park, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt’s objection to a foreign-substance inspection (and
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If there was any question of Alex Jackson‘s health, he let his bat answer for him. Emphatically. On rehab assignment after injuring his left hamstring earlier this month, Atlanta’s young backstop erupted for three homers and seven RBIs to lead Triple-A Gwinnett past visiting Memphis, 14-2, Thursday night. Jackson added a single and a walk
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Keep track of the Braves’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season. May 23: RHP Bryse Wilson optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and RHP Jay Flaa recalled from GwinnettWith two off-days during May’s final full week, the Braves won’t need a fifth starter until June 1. Wilson won’t be eligible to return via a non-injured
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Five minority owners of the Rays filed a lawsuit against majority owner Stuart Sternberg in the Pinellas County Circuit Court over the weekend (full complaint available here). The action alleges that Sternberg has worked to “squeeze out” minority owners and increase his personal ownership stake in the franchise. Sternberg, as managing partner of the organization,
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With Drew Smyly exiting the fifth inning with a lead, everything seemed to be shaping up for the Braves, who had a fresh bullpen and the luxury of having another off-day precede this weekend’s big division series against the Mets. But instead of tapping into his rested relief corps, Braves manager Brian Snitker rolled the
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Effectively Wild Episode 1699: Fixed That for You by Ben Lindbergh May 27, 2021 Ben Lindbergh, Meg Rowley, and Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief Craig Goldstein banter about cicadas, New Era’s short-lived “MLB Local Market” caps, the exploits of Adolis García, and Byron Buxton being too fast for his own good, then discuss Craig’s recent writing on
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Usually at the time of college tournament play, teams have narrowed their focus in the first round of the Draft. But with the event moved to July for the first time this year, the number of players in the top tier of talent is still expanding. Both North Carolina high school shortstop Kahlil Watson and
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The Rays nearly set a franchise record with an 11-game winning streak and went 11-2 overall from May 12-25, the two-week range of dates included in this Rookie Hot List. Entering Wednesday, they own the American League’s best record at 30-20 and sit a half-game ahead of the Red Sox in a crowded four-team AL
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