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The Daily Chop: Season enters final stretch, Ian Anderson and more

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The Atlanta Braves will begin a seven-game homestand Friday with a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals. Atlanta just completed a 4-2 road trip and evened their road record at 10-10 on the season. The Braves have one more road trip remaining, a 10-day, 10-game trip that will take them to Washington, Baltimore and New York. They will wrap up the regular season at home with four against Miami and close it out with three against the Red Sox.

More Braves News lists a player to watch for each team as the season enters the final stretch. Rookie right-handler Ian Anderson gets the nod for Atlanta after giving the starting rotation a much-needed shot in the arm.

Matt Powers previews the 2020 Perfect Game All American classic which will feature some of the best prep players in the 2021 MLB Draft class. The game will take place Friday at 4:30 p.m. and can be seen on the MLB Network.

Cory McCartney writes in this week’s Starting Nine that not only should Max Fried be the favorite for the NL Cy Young Award, he should get some MVP consideration as well.

Our Braves prospect retrospective series continued with a look back at right-hander Randall Delgado.

Major League Baseball announced the 30 club nominees for the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award Thursday. The club is given to the MLB player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions both on and off the field. Freddie Freeman was the choice for the Braves.

The Braves made a single roster move Thursday releasing first baseman Matt Adams. Adams was designated for assignment earlier this week to make room for Tommy Milone on the roster.

MLB News

The Oakland A’s have been cleared to return to action Friday against the San Diego Padres.

Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez has an opt-out clause in his contract after the season but given the uncertain state of the league in wake of the pandemic, he told reporters Thursday that he may not want to test free agency.