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Braves Daily News Digest: 8/15

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Those pesky Dodgers...

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Braves News:

Braves Drop Another One to L.A.

Yep, the Braves lost (again) to the Dodgers (again). This time, it came in a 6-4 defeat which saw Justin Upton leave the game in the eighth-inning due to a left hamstring strain. Despite a poor start from Aaron Harang, the Braves were able to make it a one-run game at 5-4 heading into the top of the eighth, until fan-favorite Luis Avilan was called out of the pen to hold the game. As expected, he allows one more run, giving the Dodgers a two-run cushion, and the Braves another mark in the loss column.

Braves to Lower Prices in Honor of 1914 Team

In honor of the Braves' first World Series championship, the team will be rolling back on concession prices come this Saturday against Oakland. Hot dogs will be $1, while peanuts and cracker jacks will be just $.25. The Braves a stuck in a bit of a rut right now, so maybe some cheap food could cheer up the fans.

Braves Bullpen Coach Becomes American Citizen

Eddie Perez, who came to America as a 19-year-old in 1987 to play baseball in the Braves system, is finally an American citizen after living in the United States year-round in 1994. Perez was voted MVP of the 1999 NLCS, and finished his playing career with the Braves in 2005, and joined the coaching staff the next year.

MLB News:

Manfred Named New Commissioner

It's official, the replacement for Bud Selig has been named, and its former COO of the MLB, Rob Manfred. The vote came down to Manfred and Tom Werner on Thursday afternoon, and after Manfred came just one vote shy of being named commissioner, he won the next vote unanimously. Selig will step down in January, and Manfred will take over as baseball's 10th commissioner.

Both Scherzer and Fiers Strikeout 14

Not often in baseball do you see a starting pitcher strikeout 14 batters in one game. It's even rarer when two do it in the same day, but that's just was Detroit's Max Scherzer did against the Pirates today, while Milwaukee's Mike Fiers did the same against the Cubs.

Pirates Acquire Axford From Indians

On Thursday, the Pirates claimed relief pitcher John Axford, who is due about $1.1 million for the rest of the season. Axford has struggled with walking batters all season, but maybe a change of scenery could do him some good, and add another arm into the Pittsburgh bullpen as they work on another playoff run.