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Jair Jurrjens, Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters help lock down All-Star win | braves.com: News
Jair Jurrjens, Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters combined to fire 2 2/3 shutout innings at Chase Field, leading the NL to its second straight victory -- and second straight promise of World Series home-field advantage -- over the American League. "I don't think you could have drawn it up any better way, having us back-to-back-to-back like that," Kimbrel said. "It was special, and I was excited. We were all excited."
Braves quotes after NL All-Star win | Atlanta Braves
Brian McCann: "No disappointment at all. I got to catch Clff Lee and Roy Halladay. These things, you sit back and enjoy it – I had a better seat to watch [the rest of the game], no pressure on me, getting to watch Kimbrel and Jonny and J.J. do what they do. It was almost better to be in the dugout, because I never get that perspective, listening to what guys are saying about them. I’m proud that everyone came in and put up zeroes."
Venters' family doesn't Fear The Beard | ajc.com
On the National League team’s bus ride to the ballpark for Tuesday’s All-Star game, Braves reliever Jonny Venters and his wife and parents sat next to Brian Wilson. Fear The Beard? No, quite the contrary for the Venters clan. The unassuming Braves left-hander from Pikeville, Ky., and his family — mom, Tanya, dad, John, and wife, Viviana — enjoyed getting to know Wilson, the famously bearded and colorful San Francisco Giants closer.
Dealers’ remorse: All-Stars picked up in trades - Arizona Sports News from USA Today
"It shocked me," Jurrjens says of being sent to Atlanta with outfield prospect Gorkys Hernandez for veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria. "It was like leaving a family." But then Jurrjens saw what he was getting into. "I got to Atlanta and I saw (former Cy Young Award winners John) Smoltz and (Tom) Glavine. That’s a dream come true. I said, ‘This will be OK.’ Now, I say thanks to Detroit."
New York Mets trade closer Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee Brewers - ESPN New York
The Milwaukee Brewers got a quick start on the second half, picking up a big-time closer. The NL Central co-leaders acquired former All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the New York Mets on Tuesday night, boosting the Brewers' bullpen for a second-half run at the playoffs. The trade was announced only a half-hour after the All-Star Game, with the Mets sending K-Rod and cash to Milwaukee for two players to be named.
Milwaukee is tied for the NL Central lead, and five games behind the Braves, who lead the NL Wild Card. The Mets, surprisingly, are only 2.5 games behind Milwaukee in the Wild Card standings.