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Braves News: Chipper gets the call

Chipper Jones highlighted a very busy Sunday for the Atlanta Braves.

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Atlanta Braves News

Newcomb nearly no-hits Dodgers, stops skid as Braves win 4-1

The Atlanta Braves snapped their losing skid on Sunday as Sean Newcomb came within one strike of throwing a no-hitter in a 4-1 win over the Dodgers. Nick Markakis homered to help stake the Braves to an early lead and Newcomb took care of the rest.

Unfortunately that wasn’t the end of the story for Newcomb who had to apologize following the game for some offensive tweets he made back in 2012.

Chipper Jones takes his place among Baseball Royalty

The biggest news on a busy Sunday for the Braves however happened in Cooperstown, New York as Chipper Jones was officially inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Kolby Allard will reportedly make Major League debut Tuesday against Marlins

The Braves haven’t announced a starter for Tuesday’s game yet but Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that it will be prospect Kolby Allard who was scratched from Sunday’s start.

Braves acquire reliever Brad Brach from Orioles

Atlanta picked up a bullpen piece following Sunday’s game acquiring Brad Brach from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for international slot money. While it might not have been the big ticket addition many were hoping for, the deal gives the Braves an experienced arm that may benefit from a change of scenery.

Braves bolster bullpen at minimal cost, plenty of options remain before trade deadline

Atlanta has made two additions to the bullpen in Brach and Jonny Venters in which they dealt international slot money. As Scott Coleman points out here, there is still time for more moves and there are still options out there for upgrades.

Trade Rumors

Braves might be showcasing Luiz Gohara for potential trades

Luiz Gohara started in place of Allard at Gwinnett on Sunday and some reports suggested that he could be showcased for a potential trade. The Braves are reportedly among the teams interested in Texas relievers Keone Kela and Jake Diekman. The team also has reported interest in veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre.

Braves reportedly still among teams pursuing Chris Archer

Atlanta is also reportedly among several teams still vying for Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer. With this many teams involved though the asking price may be higher than Alex Anthopoulos is willing to go.

Braves exercising caution as trade deadline approaches

Fox Sports’ Zach Dillard examines the Braves’ strategy heading into Tuesday’s deadline and the patient approach the team has taken involving its stash of prospects. Dillard also talks about Sean Newcomb and whether or not Luiz Gohara is now expendable.

Top 30 Braves Prospects - Rule 5 Draft Eligibility List

Great FanPost here that outlines which of Atlanta’s Top 30 prospects will be Rule 5 eligible next offseason.

MLB News

Roberts: Uniform dispute ‘water under bridge’

Braves’ broadcaster Joe Simpson questioned the Dodgers “professionalism” during Saturday night’s broadcast due to their batting practice attire. The comments were mostly focused on Chase Utley who was wearing a K-Cancer shirt. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called the comments an “attack” following Saturday’s game but tried to put the incident behind them on Sunday.

“It’s past,” said Roberts. “For us, it’s water under the bridge. If he talked to Chase and Chase is good with it, it’s fine by me.”

Simpson and the Braves however declined to address the comments on Sunday as there wasn’t a mention made during the broadcast. A Braves spokesperson told’s Mark Bowman that Simpson expressed remorse and spoke with Utley personally. He added that the Braves didn’t support Simpson’s comments but considered the matter to be over.

Kudos to the Dodgers for handling this event in a much more “professional” manner.

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