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Braves Daily News Digest: 8/25

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Braves can't complete rally against the Reds, B.J. was almost a Cub, and more!

Jamie Sabau

Braves News:

Reds Give Braves a 5-3 Loss

After being silenced in a 1-0 loss on Saturday, the Braves came up short again on Sunday, despite a late rally. Aaron Harang's record fell to 10-8 after going just 5.1 innings, giving up four runs in the process, including three in the fourth inning alone. On the other side of the mound, Alfredo Simon went a strong seven full innings, giving up just one run to the Braves in the seventh. Despite getting to Logan Ondrusek for two runs in the ninth, the Braves still couldn't complete the rally, and fell to 68-63.

B.J. Upton Was Almost a Cub?

Yeah, this one might be hard for you B.J. haters to swallow. According to Bob Nightengale of The Sporting News, the Braves and Cubs had discussed a deal that would have sent overpaid and underperforming outfielder B.J. Upton to Chicago for equally overpaid and underperforming starting pitcher Edwin Jackson. You'd be hard-pressed to find any Braves fan looking to see B.J. Upton in the lineup, but trading him for another expensive veteran may not have solved too many problems.

High Praise From one Closer to Another

With the Braves and Reds facing off this weekend, it features two of the best young closers in the game, Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman. Kimbrel sports a 1.76 ERA, while the fire-throwing Cuban Chapman has an equally formidable 2.55 ERA. Kimbrel himself shared a few words on the cannon sitting at the back end of that Reds bullpen:

"We were just talking about it," Kimbrel said. "When you’ve got a guy like him throwing 100 miles per hour every fastball, I mean, when you throw that hard, as a hitter you’ve got to sit on the fastball. And he’s got two other pitches to go along with it. So if he’s throwing strikes, he’s going to be unhittable."

Braves Rotation: A Surprising Success

If you look back at what the Braves have had to deal with rotation-wise this season it isn't pretty. They lost two key starters to Tommy John Surgery (Brandon Bbrachy and Kris Medlen) in the Spring, and lost another to an elbow injury (Gavin Floyd). Despite all of that, the Braves still have one of the strongest rotations in the National League, spearheaded by Julio Teheran.

MLB News:

Brain McCann Hits Walk-Off for New York

Looks like former Braves catcher Brian McCann is having some fun in New York, as on Sunday he smashed a 10th inning homer to give the Yankees a 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox:

"It's what you play for," Brian McCannsaid late Sunday afternoon, still riding a high after his 10th-inning home run gave the Yankees a 7-4 win over theChicago White Sox. "It's what people want to come here for. It's special. It's an amazing moment I'll never forget."

Is it Time to Reinstate Pete Rose?

It was 25 years to the date on Sunday that Pete Rose was sentenced a lifetime ban due to gambling allegations. Rose, the all-time Major League leader in career hits, did technically break the rules, and deserved to be punished. But has 25 years been enough? Is it time to bring the Hit King back into the light? When Commissioner Manfred takes over. it will most certainly be a topic of discussion for him to tackle.