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Braves News: Freeman, Acuña earn All-Star nods, series split in Chicago and more

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Recapping a busy Thursday for the Braves.

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Atlanta Braves News

Braves unable to hold 6-1 lead, end up losing 9-7

The Atlanta Braves jumped out to an early 6-1 lead but saw things fall apart late in a 9-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Atlanta finished with a split in their series in Chicago and will now head to New York for a three-game set starting on Friday.

Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. named as 2019 MLB All-Star Game starters

MLB All-Star voting wrapped up on Thursday and the Atlanta Braves had two players voted in to start the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. Both Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña Jr. will be in the starting lineup for the National League on July 9.

Here is a look at the rest of the starting lineups for the American and National Leagues.

The rotation should be the Braves’ top priority at the trade deadline

While much angst has been directed at the Braves’ bullpen this season, the team’s focus at the trade deadline should be on upgrading the starting rotation.

Gwinnett’s Demeritte, Rowen selected for Triple-A All-Star Game

Outfielder Travis Demeritte and pitcher Ben Rowen will represent the Gwinnett Stripers in the Triple-A All-Star game. The game will be held on Wednesday, July 10 at 9 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on MiLB.TV.

Road to Atlanta Podcast: Early looks at the Braves’ 2019 Draft Class and discussing our failures

MLB News

Yankees say Stanton likely out until August

Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is back on the injured list and likely won’t return before August after suffering a strained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Stanton suffered the injury on Tuesday during a headfirst slide against Toronto.

Source: Rays calling up two-way player McKay

The Tampa Bay Rays will call up top pitching prospect Brendan McKay to start Saturday’s game against the Rangers per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Angels Activate Andrelton Simmons From Injured List

The Angels activated shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the injured list on Wednesday. Simmons missed about a month after suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain back on May 21.