After losing the first three games of a four-game series with the New York Mets, Aaron Harang and the Braves took a 3-1 victory. Bartolo Colon took the loss for New York, and All-Star Craig Kimbrel saved his 28th game of the season. Freddie Freeman, who added an RBI double to Atlanta's cause, praised Harang's performance. Here's what he said to David O'Brien about it:
"He was phenomenal," said Freddie Freeman, whose first-inning double gave the Braves a 1-0 lead. "He’s the veteran guy who’s been there and done it before. He’s been doing it this whole season for us. And we needed him big tonight."
Braves sign former Greenbrier and UGA slugger Rich Poythress to a minor league deal. He was assigned to Double-A Mississippi on Thursday. Poythress had batted .244 in 46 games with the Jacksonville Suns (the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins) this season, before being released.
Braves' All-Star and first-baseman Freddie Freeman has the 12th most sold jersey since the start of the 2014 MLB season. Derek Jeter (surprise surprise) has been the best selling jersey so far this season.
Despite a strong push by Braves fans on Twitter, Anthony Rizzo, not Justin Upton, won the Final Vote to be a member of this years' NL All-Star team. With that news, Julio Teheran, Freddie Freeman, and Craig Kimbrel will be the only players representing Atlanta in Minnesota next week.
In case you missed it, Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw carried a 36-inning scoreless streak into Thursday's game against San Diego. That streak lasted another five innings until Chase Headley's solo home run in the sixth. That was the third longest scoreless streak on the mound in franchise history, behind Don Drysdale (58) and Orel Hershiser (59).
Yankees' ace and impressive rookie has hit a snag in his first MLB season, being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL. A six-week rehab program seems to be in the cards for Tanaka, who last pitched against Cleveland on Tuesday. Brain Cashman discusses the disappointment he feels for both the player and the organization on MLB.com:
"I'm certainly disappointed for our player. I'm disappointed for our organization," Cashman said. "He's an important piece. We've had a lot of important pieces that we've seen miss action, and he's an important piece, as well. We have to continue to figure a way to plug the hole, and also be hopeful and optimistic for Masahiro."