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Atlanta Braves news and links: Braves win, even if Miller didn't (again)

Shelby Miller only got one run of support (again), but the Braves still managed to pull out the victory. Also, we got to see the return of a familiar face, while our opponents in San Diego will get re-acquainted with another familiar face of their own.

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Shelby Miller pitches a gem and Cameron Maybin walks it off as Braves beat D-Backs

Yesterday's contest between the Braves and Diamondbacks appeared to be another effort of frustration for Shelby Miller. Miller took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and exited shortly after giving up his first hit of the game. The Diamondbacks scored almost immediately afterward, which meant that this was yet another game where Miller finished without getting a win to his name. This is black magic at this point, folks. Anyways, all was not lost, as Cameron Maybin saved the day in the bottom of the 10th by hitting a walk-off solo homer. Baseball can be fun sometimes, y'all!

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Maybin set to make glorious return to San Diego

Meanwhile, the same Cameron Maybin will be making his first appearance at Petco Park since being moved in the Opening Week deal that sent Craig Kimbrel and B.J. Upton to San Diego. Although Maybin's leveled off since his amazing start to the season, I'm sure that most Padres fans have to be wondering if this is the same guy who struggled and was injured over the past two seasons.

His leadoff homer in the 10th inning off David Hernandez was his ninth blast of the year, one fewer than he had the last three years combined in San Diego.

"He's had a hell of a year so far," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told on Sunday. "I know there's still many games to play, but this guy can defend. I think two days ago we were talking about how much he impacts the game defensively and offensively. He can steal you a bag, hit you a double, base hit, and if you make a mistake hit it out of the ballpark."

You know, the sort of stuff the Padres talked about when extending him after a breakthrough 2011 season.

If you want more info about the upcoming Padres series, check out our preview.

Peter Moylan returns to the Braves; Makes first Major League appearance since 2013

A familiar face made his return to the Braves' bullpen on Sunday afternoon: Everybody's favorite Australian reliever, Peter Moylan!  Moylan entered Sunday's game in the eighth inning, marking the end of a long and improbable road back to the Majors and it also marked his first appearance for the Braves since 2012. He pitched a clean inning; Just like the good ol' days, right?

"For me, this is more fulfilling than being called up for the first time after everything that has happened over the last four or five years," Moylan said. "It’s been a long road."

This is the latest comeback attempt for Moylan. He was out of baseball for nine years when the Braves signed him following a strong showing for his native Australia in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. In addition to the two Tommy John surgeries he’s had procedures on his shoulder and back.

Check out the minor league report


Bumgarner strikes out 14 and hits his 10th career homer as Nats fall under .500

Let's just say it: Madison Bumgarner single-handedly laid the smackdown on the Washington Nationals yesterday. He struck out a career-high of fourteen batters and pitched a complete game shutout for the Giants as they won 5-0. Two of those five runs came off of the bat of Bumgarner himself. The Giants' ace hit a double in the fourth inning to make it 4-0, then he hit a dinger in the seventh to make it 5-0.

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Meanwhile, it's time to welcome our friends from Washington to the "Under .500 Club." There's plenty of room here, and we're a welcoming bunch of fans.

Pirates beat Mets 8-1 to finish sweep of NL East leaders

The Nats weren't the only NL East front-runners to have a bad weekend. The NL East-leading New York Mets had themselves a rough weekend as well, as they ended up getting swept in Pittsburgh by the Pirates. The final game of the series ended 8-1, after a pitching duel between Jeff Locke and Matt Harvey evolved into the Pirates beating up on the Mets' bullpen following a rain delay. Despite the bad weekend, the Mets are still four-and-a-half games ahead of the Nats in the NL East. This division is hilarious.

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