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The Daily Chop: Charlie Morton sharp, Marcell Ozuna injured and more

The Braves extended their winning streak to four-straight and climbed back to the .500 mark for the season.

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Charlie Morton turned in a great performance and the Atlanta Braves climbed back to the .500 mark for the season with a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The Braves’ continued their surge extending their winning streak to four and continued a good stretch at Fenway Park.

Atlanta has now won five straight games at Fenway and are 23-17 in Boston since interleague play began in 1997. The team doesn’t get to travel to Boston on a regular basis, but it is a place that Brian Snitker and the rest of the team enjoy visiting.

“I find myself sitting in the dugout in the afternoon just looking or taking a walk in the stands,” Snitker answered when asked about playing at Fenway. “I like to go out and sit in that red seat where Ted Williams hit the ball. I know a group of the guys went into the scoreboard today in left field in the monster These places are just so cool. Just driving up and seeing the surroundings is pretty special.”

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It wasn’t all good news for Atlanta as Marcell Ozuna left the game in the third inning after dislocating his middle and ring fingers on a slide. Ozuna left the game immediately and was replaced in left by Ehire Adrianza. Snitker said after the game that Ozuna will travel back to Atlanta where he will be examined by team doctors where they will decide how to proceed. The Braves will wrap up their stay in Boston on Wednesday and will have another off day on Thursday.

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Ronald Acuña Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. entered play Tuesday tied for the Major League lead with 15 home runs apiece. They are just the third duo of players age 23 or younger to be top two in homers with at least 15 per Elias Sports Bureau. The last time it happened was in July 2015 with Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. The first instance happened back in 1993 with Juan Gonzalez and Ken Griffey Jr.

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After insisting that there was nothing wrong physically with Bryce Harper, the Phillies placed him on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a bruised left wrist. Manager Joe Girardi explained that he deceived the media as to create an advantage for the opposing manager.

The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Harrison Bader on the 10-day injured list after he was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in one of his ribs. Bader exited Monday’s game in the third inning after a diving attempt.

Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson is headed to the injured list after suffering a left shoulder subluxation. He will miss “several weeks” per GM Kim Ng.

The Kansas City Royals activated shortstop Adalberto Mondesi from the injured list Tuesday. He made his season debut after missing nearly the first two months of the season with a right oblique strain.

Probably the most bazaar injury on this list, Cleveland placed starter Zach Plesac on the injured list with a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. Plesac suffered the injury while taking off his undershirt and getting it caught on the chair in his locker following his start on Sunday.

Blue Jays reliever David Phelps will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a lat strain.

Finally, the Rangers placed pitchers Kyle Gibson and Hunter Wood on the injured list Tuesday. Gibson has pitched well but is dealing with a strained groin. Wood is out due to elbow discomfort. He exited Saturday’s game early due to his elbow.

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