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Braves Daily News Digest: 7/30

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Braves get Puig'd, drop first game of the series

La Stella and Freeman Combine for Five Hits, But it Couldn't Save Atlanta
La Stella and Freeman Combine for Five Hits, But it Couldn't Save Atlanta
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Braves News:

Puig Nearly Hits For Cycle, Defeat Braves 8-4

Despite strong offensive showings from Tommy La Stella and Freddie Freeman (who combined to reach base seven times) the Braves pitching faltered, allowing eight runs to the Dodgers bats. Aaron Harang went six innings, allowing four runs, while Anthony Varvaro came on in relief and allowed three runs in one inning of work. Yasiel Puig was busy at the plate for LA, with a double, a triple, and a pair of singles. Matt Kemp improved his trade stock with two home-runs.

Most Lopsided Deadline Deals In MLB History: Braves Make An Appearance

The trade deadline is tomorrow and the league is buzzing. While everyone is looking towards the future, let's take a look back at the past and some of the most one-sided deals in trade deadline history. The Braves find their way on the list, but unfortunately, on the losing end of the deal.

Hall of Fame Weekend a True Mark of Braves' Greatness

With Atlanta's historic weekend coming to an end, seeing three team greats enshrined in the Hall of Fame, one must think about what impact this has on the legacy of the Braves, especially in the mid 1990's to early 2000's. Well, with three in the Hall now, and three more likely to join in the coming years (right-hander John Smoltz, third-baseman Chipper Jones, and Braves President Jon Schuerholz) those six may have created the greatest era in the history of the Braves, according to Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com

Braves Deadline Tracker

The next 24 hours will be incredibly hectic around the entire league, but Bleacher Report has a page with all of the news and rumors regarding just the Braves actions around the deadline. David Price, Andrew Miller, and more are all in the talks.

Andruw Jones, a Surefire Hall of Famer

With all of the Hall of Fame talk floating around as of late, our own Harris Nye takes a strong stance on former Braves' great Andruw Jones; Extremely underrated, and he absolutely deserves to be enshrined in the Hall. Arguably one of the best defensive players of all time, with a great offensive game to boot. Give it  a read, and try and disagree.

When I started writing this article I was angry. Andruw Jones is no doubt Hall of Famer who, for a variety of reasons, will never receive the recognition he deserves. Andruw was arguably the greatest defensive player of all time and was inarguably a defensive player in the same category as Ozzie, Mays, Belanger and Robinson. Andruw also hit 434 home runs and was a much better offensive player than Ozzie Smith and noticeably better than Brooks Robinson as well.

MLB News:

Vin Scully Not Calling it Quits Yet

Beloved Dodgers broadcast member and legendary game-calling veteran Vin Scully will be back in the booth for his 66th season on the job. The 86-year-old Hall of Famer has seen it all in baseball, from Jackie Robinson to Yasiel Puig.

The Jon Lester Trade Saga Heats Up

Red Sox ace and fan favorite Jon Lester has been one of the most talked about names all trade-season, with the struggling Sox looking to move the heavily coveted lefty. It was announced that Jon would be scratched from his Wednesday start. There were as many as eight teams reportedly interested in trading for the 2014 All-Star as of Tuesday night.

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