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Braves News: Bullpen rest day proves costly to Atlanta

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Atlanta Braves News

Offensive doldrums result in marathon 5-3, 14-inning loss to Nationals

Johan Camargo hit a three-run home run but Atlanta’s offense was pretty much shut down in a 14-inning, 5-3 loss to the Washington Nationals.

So what happened in the 14th inning of Saturday’s Braves game?

The Braves’ bullpen pitched well overall on Saturday including an eight strikeout performance by Jesse Biddle. However, Brian Snitker elected to turn the 14th inning over to Miguel Socolovich rather than Dan Winkler or Arodys Vizcaino. Things didn’t turn out well from there. Snitker later explained the decision to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Gabriel Burns.

“I’m staying away from Viz and Wink all day today,” he said. “Just giving them a day. That’s looking ahead. That’s where they’d been warming up, was hot yesterday. Winkler had a tough inning the day before. We were going to stay away from both of them regardless today.”

Soroka on schedule for two more rehab starts

Mike Soroka completed a pain free outing Friday night throwing 45 pitches and 3 2/3 perfect innings for the Rome Braves. The plan for Soroka at this point is for him to make two more rehab starts with the next one coming on Wednesday for Triple-A Gwinnett.

MLB News

Giants’ Brandon Belt to miss time following appendectomy

Giants’ slugger Brandon Belt had his appendix removed on Friday and is expected to be out about two to three weeks.

Orioles Considering Hanley Ramirez

Fresh off of being released by the Red Sox, it sounds like Hanley Ramirez is reportedly close to finding a new home. The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly strongly considering bringing in Ramirez despite having somewhat of a logjam at first base and the designated hitter positions.

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