For the first time in 2021, the Atlanta Braves have a winning record. The Braves defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep while improving to 55-54 on the season. Atlanta had failed to climb over .500 six times this season before finally breaking through Thursday night.
April 10: 4-4
April 28: 12-12
May 9: 17-17
May 25: 24-24
June 8: 29-29
July 10: 44-44
August 4: 54-54
With the win, Atlanta closed the gap further in the NL East and now trail the Phillies by a game and the Mets by 1.5 games for the division lead. Atlanta will return home Friday where they will begin a six-game homestand with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals.
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- The soon to be Cleveland Guardians won’t be going anywhere after the franchise agreed Thursday to a 15-year extension of their lease at Progressive Field. The deal also includes two five-year options that could increase it to a 25-year deal through 2046.
- The Boston Red Sox acquired outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash Thursday. While the trade deadline has passed, DeShields was eligible to be traded because he is on a minor league contract and has not been on a Major League roster at any point in 2021.
- Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is still hoping to work out a contract extension that will keep him in St. Louis for the 2022 season.
- MLB.com’s Matt Kelly lists seven teams that might not have done enough at the trade deadline which includes a pair of NL East teams.
- Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez has tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and was placed on the injured list.
- Former Astros right-hander J.R. Richard passed away Wednesday at the age of 71. Richard was one of the most dominant pitchers of his era featuring a triple-digit fastball and a good breaking ball. He racked up 616 strikeouts in the 1978-79 seasons combined and was part of the inaugural class inducted into the Astros Hall of Fame.