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Atlanta Braves News

Early home run barrage leads Braves over Nationals, 8-3

A home run barrage from Charlie Culberson, Tyler Flowers and Ronald Acuña Jr. gave the Atlanta Braves all of the offense they would need in an 8-3 win over the Washington Nationals. With the win, Atlanta moved back to within a half game of first place in the NL East Division.

Braves-Nationals only on Facebook today

The Braves will try to secure a series win against the Nationals Thursday afternoon and the only way to see the game is to be there in person or tune in on Facebook.

Allard, Toussaint options for Braves’ spot start

The Braves will return to a normal five-man rotation after injuries shelved their plan to use a six-man rotation this month. Max Fried is on the disabled list with a strained groin while Luiz Gohara is battling a sore shoulder. Still, the team will have to call up a prospect to start Monday’s doubleheader and the options appear to be right-hander Touki Toussaint or left-hander Kolby Allard.

While Allard has struggled at the major league level, he may ultimately get the nod as Toussaint is scheduled to pitch for Gwinnett on Friday and the Braves may be reluctant to move him back two days.

A big move is coming for the Braves

With so much pitching depth bubbling its way to the Triple-A and the major league level, you can expect the Braves to be aggressive this offseason. There simply isn’t room for everyone and Matt Powers examines what is an impressive list.

Atlanta Is Betting on Kevin Gausman’s Upside

FanGraphs’ Travis Sawchik writes that the Atlanta Braves are betting on Kevin Gausman’s upside and points out several reasons why they may be right.

Not what the Braves had in mind: Joe Simpson, controversy magnet

Joe Simpson embarrassed himself, the Braves and Fox Sports again on Monday and Mark Bradley points out that it is becoming a reoccurring theme.

MLB News

Nationals Place Kelvin Herrera On DL, Recall Koda Glover

The Nationals picked up Kelvin Herrera from the Royals with the hope that he would help solidify their bullpen for a stretch run. Now they will be without him for sometime after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff impingement.

Marlins might hang on to Realmuto

J.T. Realmuto’s name is one that keeps popping up in trade rumors but Derek Jeter tells MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro that he is a player they would like to keep long term.