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The Daily Chop: Blowout victory over Cubs, Truist capacity, Soroka cleared to throw, and more

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The Braves bats showed up in full force yet again on Wednesday.

Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Braves crushed the Cubs on Wednesday, scoring ten runs and producing throughout the lineup. One major boost for the Atlanta offense of late has been the emergence of Austin Riley, who appeared to be completely lost for the first two weeks of the season. In his last nine games, however, Riley is batting .462 with two doubles, three homers, and 6:6 BB:K. This turnaround has lifted his season average to .286 and he now owns a .843 OPS. For all the stars in the Braves lineup, Riley may be the most crucial simply due to the length that he creates in the Atlanta attack when swinging the bat effectively. Continued production from Riley would help the Braves this season, but also signal that the third base job has been claimed for the future. The sample size is still small, but having Riley play well is a very welcome sight.

Braves News

Ynoa has a night as Braves clobber Cubs 10-0

The Braves hit five homers in route to a convincing win over the Cubs. Huascar Ynoa was among those who homered, but also pitched 5.1 innings of shutout baseball with nine strikeouts. Not bad.

Braves to expand capacity to 100% at Truist Park starting May 7

The Braves announced on Wednesday that they plan to open Truist Park to 100% capacity starting on May 7th.

Soroka (shoulder) cleared to start throwing

Mike Soroka has reportedly been cleared to begin throwing again. His recovery from a torn Achilles has gone well, but right shoulder soreness sidelined him yet again earlier this month. The timetable for a return is not yet known, but at least one month is likely.

Sean Newcomb expected to rejoin Braves for upcoming road trip

Gabe Burns of the AJC reports that another young Braves arm is nearing a return, with Sean Newcomb expected to rejoin the club on its upcoming road trip.

MLB News

Harper ‘all good’ after 97-mph pitch to face

Great to see that Bryce Harper is okay after being hit in the face by a pitch on Wednesday. In real time, the incident was very scary, but it appears that the Phillies outfielder is all good.

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