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Braves News: Acuña thriving in leadoff spot, trade rumors and more

Small sample but Acuña looked pretty good atop the Braves’ batting order.

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Atlanta Braves News

Braves come up short against Nationals

The Braves had their chances but were unable to come away with a big hit late in a 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. Both teams endured a pair of rain delays that totaled more than three hours.

Ronald Acuña Jr. captivates at leadoff

Ronald Acuña took advantage of his move to the leadoff spot in the batting order over the weekend going 6-for-9 in the series with a homer and a pair of doubles.

Aggressiveness has been essential component in Braves’ turnaround season

The Atlanta Braves have speed up and down the lineup but it is the aggressive nature by which they have approached this season that has made the difference. David O’Brien explores that aggressive mindset and how it has paid dividends for The Athletic.

Braves reportedly checked in on trio of Orioles

The Atlanta Braves are actively looking for tweaks they can make to the roster in advance of the July 31 trade deadline. A report on Sunday suggests that they checked on the availability of three Orioles, pitchers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy along with infielder Jonathan Schoop.

Braves head to Miami for quick two-game set against Marlins

Sean Newcomb will be on the mound Monday when Atlanta heads to Miami for a brief two-game series against the Marlins. Saturday’s rain out allowed the Braves to push back both Newcomb and Julio Teheran along with the need for a fifth starter.

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 122: Catching up on a short week with Carlos Collazo

Brad is joined by Carlos Collazo of Baseball America to discuss a short week of results, Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, trade winds, the concept of an “ace” and much more.

MLB News

Noah Syndergaard to the DL with hand, foot and mouth disease

The New York Mets placed right-hander Noah Syndergaard back on the DL Sunday after he contracted hand, foot and mouth disease while working a youth camp during the All-Star break. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

Washington Nationals trade Brian Goodwin to Royals for Jacob Condra-Bogan

Prior to Sunday’s game, the Nationals made a trade sending outfielder Brian Goodwin to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan

Justin Turner could be headed back to disabled list

Justin Turner aggravated a groin injury in Sunday’s win over the Brewers and could be headed back to the 10-day disabled list.

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