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Braves News: Win streak at 7 as Phillies arrive for showdown in Atlanta

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Atlanta Braves News

Braves banish Bucs with five-run 5th, sweep series with 6-5 win

The Atlanta Braves finished off a four-game sweep of the Pirates on Thursday with a 6-5 win at SunTrust Park. The Braves have now won seven straight and have opened a 1.5 game lead over the Phillies who will arrive for a three-game set on Friday.

Road to Atlanta Podcast: 2019 Braves Organizational All-Stars with Matt, Gaurav, and Eric

The Road to Atlanta crew is back with a discussion of the Braves’ organizational All-Stars for the 2019 season.

MLB News

Phillies acquire infielder Miller from Yankees

The Philadelphia Phillies picked up infielder Brad Miller in a trade with the New York Yankees on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. Miller began the season in Cleveland but was released before signing on with New York. He had been playing for Triple-A Scranton.

Ohtani first Japanese-born player to hit for cycle

Shohei Ohtani continues to amaze as he became the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle in Major League history Thursday night against Tampa Bay. Ohtani is still recovering from Tommy John surgery but is also reportedly getting close to throwing off the mound for the first time since suffering the injury.

Ben Zobrist Could Return This Season

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told ESPNChicago’s Jesse Rogers Thursday that the team is open to welcoming back Ben Zobrist at some point later in the season. Zobrist has been away from the team since May 8.

Jed Lowrie “Not Close” To 2019 Debut

Infielder Jed Lowrie was has yet to play for the Mets in 2019 and he still isn’t close according to New York manager Mickey Callaway. Lowrie suffered a knee strain in February and is still on the mend.

Padres Reportedly Willing To Trade Most Position Players

The San Diego Padres will be a team to watch at the deadline as they are reportedly willing trade any of their position players except for shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., third baseman Manny Machado and first baseman Eric Hosmer.