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Braves Daily News Digest: 7/18

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Braves begin to gear up for the long second-half push towards the playoffs

Craig Kimbrel is ready for the break to end, are you?
Craig Kimbrel is ready for the break to end, are you?
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Braves News

Consistency Necessary in Second Half Push

While the Braves roll out of the All-Star break tied for first place in the National League East, they haven't been completely consistent.  Struggles arise in the bullpen due to both injuries, and players simply laying eggs when they step on the mound (looking at you, Avilan). Tom Verducci breaks down and previews the second half for the Atlanta Braves in this SI video.

Talking Chop's All-Star Break CACast

If you enjoy both he Braves and podcasts, than this is perfect for you. Talking Chop's experts break down and talk about how the first half of the season went for Atlanta.

The Midseason Prospect Ranking Continues

We're getting closer to the top of the list here at Talking Chop, as our own Dan Simpson breaks down prospects 6-10. Victor Reyes heads off the list, accompanied by expert analysis so you can have the best rundown on the future of the Braves.

Gattis Goes 0-4 in Rehab Start

Braves starting catcher Evan Gattis (bulging disc) has started his rehab assignment in Triple-A Gwinnet. In four at-bats, El Oso Blanco grounded out twice, and striking out the next two times. While the night wasn't successful on the stat sheet, Gattis still stays positive:

"It’ll take time," he said. "I think hits will be there and everything like that — timing will come back. Really just happy to get through this one healthy. First time seeing live pitching, first time really trying to gear up for a fastball where (batting practice) just can’t replicate it in game speed."

MLB News:

Mariners, Rays, discussing Price, Zobrist Trade

David Price has been included in trade rumors for what seems like years now, but could the rumors finally come to fruition? According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Mariners are looking to swing a deal for the All-Stars, most likely dangling some of their too-of-the-line young talent to persuade Tampa Bay.

MLB Issues Statement on not Mentioning Tony Gwynn at All-Star Game

In a highly criticized decision, the MLB and and FOX have a released a statement explaining why they failed to honor the deaths of Tony Gwynn, and others:

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, an extraordinary individual whose memory we have honored in numerous ways in recent weeks. The Baseball family has sadly lost a number of people this year - including Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, Frank Cashen, and former All-Stars Jerry Coleman, Jim Fregosi and Don Zimmer - and did not want to slight anyone by singling out one individual."