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The Daily Chop: Max Fried activated, Freddy Tarnok and more

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As expected, Max Fried will start Friday’s series opener in New York.

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves will continue their road trip Friday when they open up a three-game series against the New York Mets. The Braves have just 10 games remaining in the 2020 regular season and will enter Friday’s game with a three-game lead over the Miami Marlins who lost 5-3 to the Red Sox on Thursday. After the three game series in New York, the Braves will return home for the final seven games which includes a four-game series against the Marlins. The Braves are 29-21 and would have the third seed if the playoffs began today. They trail the Cubs by just one game, so the second seed is still in play.

As expected, Atlanta activated Max Fried from the 10-day injured list on Thursday. Fried will start Friday’s series opener in New York and will be followed by Ian Anderson on Saturday and Kyle Wright Sunday. Steven Matz will make his first start for New York since August 15 in Friday’s game. David Peterson will start opposite Anderson in game two Saturday. The Mets haven’t announced who will start Sunday but it will likely be Rick Porcello.

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MLB Pipeline listed each team’s best prospect who is not in their player pool. Freddy Tarnok is the pick for the Braves who is currently No. 13 on Pipeline’s list. Per the report, Tarnock has tweaked his delivery and has touched 99 mph with his fastball while training at his home in Florida.

MLB News

The Chicago White Sox became the first American League team to clinch a spot in the expanded playoff field Thursday when they came from behind to beat the Minnesota Twins. Josh Donaldson put the Twins ahead with a sixth inning homer but was ejected after he kicked dirt on home plate after rounding the bases. Donaldson wasn’t happy with the strikezone during his at-bat.

This weekend’s series between the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners will be moved to Petco Park due to air quality concerns in Seattle.

Dodgers left-hander Caleb Ferguson will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the season.

The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Adam Eaton on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left index finger.

Mets infielder Jed Lowrie won’t play this season due to left knee problems. New York signed Lowrie to a two-year, $20 million deal prior to last season but has had just eight plate appearances.