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Braves News: Atlanta’s slump continues as trade dominoes fall around the league

Atlanta’s woes continued on Friday while many teams strengthened themselves for the stretch run.

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Atlanta Braves News

Clayton Kershaw does it all as Braves have no answer for him and fall 4-1

Clayton Kershaw was dominant on the mound and surprisingly at the plate Friday night as the Atlanta Braves fell again to the Dodgers 4-1.

The Braves’ Mike Foltynewicz is having a huge breakout season

Our friends over at Beyond the Box Score take a closer look at Mike Foltynewicz’s breakout season.

Why Adrian Beltre is the perfect fit in Atlanta

This trade looks like a long shot but Adrian Beltre could be a perfect fit for the Braves.

Snitker keeps faith that struggling Sam Freeman rediscovers form

Brian Snitker is hoping that Sam Freeman can return to form despite his recent struggles. Snitker told the AJC’s Gabe Burns that he will use Freeman in some lower leverage situations to try and get him back on track.

“We need that kid to be a big part of what we’re doing down there,” Snitker said on Sunday. “He’s capable, he’s done it before and he’ll do it again. We just need to hang with him.”

Braves demote Evan Phillips to make room for Jonny Venters

In other bullpen news, the Braves activated Jonny Venters prior to Friday’s game and optioned right-hander Evan Phillips back to Triple-A.

Chipper Jones’ Hall of Fame Career By The Numbers

Grant McAuley with a wonderful, stats focused, look back at the career of Chipper Jones and where he stands among baseball greats.

A look at the most iconic Chipper Jones cards of his career

Our own Stacy Marlowe takes a look at some of the best Chipper Jones baseball cards you can own.

MLB News

Astros To Acquire Ryan Pressly

The Houston Astros picked up reliever Ryan Pressly in a trade from the Minnesota Twins Friday night in exchange for prospects Jorge Alcala and Gilberto Celestino.

Cardinals Designate Greg Holland For Assignment, Promote Dakota Hudson

The Cardinals have designated reliever Greg Holland for assignment despite owing him just under $5 million for the remainder of the season. The team will have seven days to either find someone to take Holland or release him.

Mariners Acquire Sam Tuivailala From Cardinals

St. Louis wasn’t finished as they also dealt reliever Sam Tuivailala to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor-league pitcher Seth Elledge.

Phillies Acquire Asdrubal Cabrera

The Philadelphia Phillies picked up infielder Asdrubal Cabrera in a deal with the New York Mets. The Phillies sent right-handler Franklyn Kilome to New York in the deal. Cabrera has played second base most of the season but is expected to see time at short and third base in Philadelphia.

D-Backs Acquire Eduardo Escobar

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired infielder Eduard Escobar from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for three prospects. Escobar will be a free agent at the end of the season but for now is likely to slot in at third base in place of Jake Lamb who is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Brewers Acquire Mike Moustakas

Mike Moustakas finally has a new home and it isn’t Atlanta. The Brewers acquired Moustakas from the Royals Friday night in exchange for outfielder Brett Phillips and righty Jorge Lopez.

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