Atlanta Braves News
Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos recently sat down for an interview with the AJC’s Mark Bradley and discussed the team’s budget situation and whether it would have an impact at the trade deadline. Anthopoulos denied such reports and said that he is “free to shop on any aisle.”
Another rumor linking the Braves to Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas this time from ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.
On the field, the Braves broke through with a much-needed 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks to end the first half on a good note. Julio Teheran pitched 6.2 scoreless innings while the offense was finally able to string some hits together in a four-run third inning.
Freddie Freeman talks with ESPN.com’s Buster Olney about how he is preparing for the Home Run Derby and says he hasn’t hit a home run in batting practice in three years.
For his weekly notes column, FanGraphs writer David Laurila caught up with Braves All-Star Nick Markakis to discuss his success this season.
“My timing has been really good,” Markakis responded when I asked why he’s been swinging such a hot stick. “Hitting is all about timing. What I’ve learned over the years is that this game is constantly about adjustments, and timing is everything. If you’re not on time and can still hit, you’re a pretty damn good hitter. If you can figure out timing, you’re going to be a great hitter. Being on time with the fastball and being able to adjust to off-speed pitches is really the key for me right now.”
Both Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint got into the Futures Game late and looked good in short stints. The U.S. Team won a homer filled game 10-6.
Wright talked with Gabriel Burns prior to Sunday’s Futures Game about how an aggressive mindset has helped him find success after a slow start to the season.
Burns also caught up with Touki Toussaint who was a late addition to the game and had to hustle to make it to Washington on time.
The San Francisco Giants placed right hander Jeff Samardzija back on the DL with recurring shoulder problems. This is his third trip the disabled list this season but the Giants are hoping that he will be able to return before the end of the season.
Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez suffered an ankle injury during Saturday’s start and is headed to the DL. He is expected to be in a boot for two weeks before he will be re-evaluated.