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Braves News: Atlanta completes 5-1 homestand, Swanson’s growth and more

Dansby Swanson’s walk-off hit helped deliver another win for the Braves on Sunday.

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Atlanta Braves News

Swanson plays hero again as Braves beat Marlins 4-3

Dansby Swanson homered and then delivered a walk-off single in the ninth inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins Sunday at SunTrust Park. Sean Newcomb overcame a rough second inning to turn in a solid seven-inning outing. Freddie Freeman hit his first home run of the season in the first inning while the Braves completed a 5-1 homestead.

Dansby Swanson, Freddie Freeman discuss Braves’ walk-off win over Marlins

Postgame reaction by Dansby Swanson, Freddie Freeman and others following Sunday’s win.

Swanson cashed in on dream scenario

One of the best storylines of the season so far has been the maturation of Swanson who is healthy and putting up good numbers at the plate after struggling in his first two full seasons in the majors. Swanson has developed a penchant for coming through in the big moments and relishes in those opportunities.

“I always loved to have the ball in that situation, and it’s no different here,”

Introducing Braves Prospect Alex Jackson

Alex Jackson made his major league debut on Sunday catching all nine innings in Atlanta’s 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins. Jackson is expected to share time with Tyler Flowers while Brian McCann is on the injured list. Jackson has had a lot of twists and turns in his development and our own Garrett Spain takes a closer look at his strengths and weaknesses.

MLB News

These 6 teams need Kimbrel the most

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand lists six teams that need free agent closer Craig Kimbrel the most. No surprise who tops the list.

Dallas Keuchel’s asking price may be dropping

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Keuchel is looking for a one-year salary that is above the $17.9 million qualifying offer or is looking for a long-term contract at a lower average annual salary.

Red Sox could activate Pedroia for home opener

The Boston Red Sox may activate second baseman Dustin Pedroia in time for Tuesday’s home opener against Toronto. Pedroia battled knee issues and was limited to just three games in 2018.

Puig among 5 ejected after Reds-Pirates incident

Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig was one of five players that were ejected on Sunday in a benches clearing incident with the Pirates. The incident started after Chris Archer threw a fastball behind Derek Dietrich’s back. Dietrich homered in the second inning and took a few extra moments in the box to admire his blast.

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