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Atlanta Braves News: Magic number at 13, Austin Riley returns, Ronald Acuña and more

The Braves widened the gap in the NL East with another win over the Nationals.

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Atlanta Braves News

Keuchel dominates in 4-3 Braves win over Washington

Ozzie Albies and Josh Donaldson homered while Dallas Keuchel fired six shutout innings to help the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals. The Braves have taken the first two games of their series against Washington and now lead the NL East by nine games.

Braves activate Austin Riley

The Braves activated Austin Riley from the injured list prior to Friday’s game. Riley has been on the shelf since August 5 due to a knee injury. He appeared in 12 rehab games between Rome and Gwinnett. He’s hoping that the time off has allowed him to reset not only physically but mentally as well.

Soto-Acuña debate is the new ‘Trout or Harper?’’s Anthony Castrovince takes a closer look at two of the best young players in the Majors in Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. and Washington’s Juan Soto.

Once again, Braves dominating head-to-head play in NL East

The Atlanta Braves are closing in on second straight NL East title and one of the biggest reasons why has been their performance against the rest of the division. As the AJC’s Gabe Burns points out, Atlanta has gone 88-48 against the East over the past two seasons.

Behind the Braves: Jason Paré

Excellent podcast episode featuring Braves Assistant General Manager and head of Research and Development Jason Paré. Listen Here

MLB News

Austin Voth will start Saturday for the Nationals in place of an ailing Joe Ross

Nationals Manager Dave Martinez told reporters prior to Friday’s game that Austin Roth would start Saturday’s game instead of Joe Ross who is experiencing some right forearm pain.

X-rays negative after Harper plunked, exits game

Bryce Harper left Friday’s game against the Mets with a right-hand contusion after he was hit by a pitch from Mets starter Steven Matz in the third inning. X-rays came back negative but Harper told reporters after the game that he couldn’t grip a bat so his availability for Saturday’s game is in question.

Yankees’ Stanton hits in sim game, eyes return

The Yankees could be close to getting another big bat back in their lineup. Giancarlo Stanton participated in a simulated game Friday as he continues to work his way back from a knee injury. He is expected to take part in another sim game on Saturday. Stanton has appeared in just nine games this season due to various injuries.

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