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The Daily Chop: Another win slips away, Joc Pederson’s role, Ian Anderson and more

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A disappointing start to the second half.

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The Atlanta Braves homered three times Friday night but the bullpen was unable to protect a late lead in a 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Tampa Bay Rays. The loss drops Atlanta to 44-46 on the season, but they remain four games back in the NL East standings thanks to a Mets loss to the Pirates. The Braves may not be throwing in the towel yet, but they simply can’t afford to let opportunities like Friday slip away.

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Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday morning, the Braves announced the acquisition of veteran catcher Stephen Vogt from the Arizona Diamondbacks

Even after trading for Joc Pederson on Thursday, does Atlanta try to acquire another big bat such as Gallo to help replace Acuña? Or do the Braves play out the next couple weeks, see where they stand in the NL East and Wild Card races, then make the decision whether to buy or sell? Free-agents-to-be Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly would surely draw plenty of interest, though don’t look for Freddie Freeman to be moved, as the Braves are surely hoping to bring him back on a multi-year deal.

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