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    Washington Nationals (51-44, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (58-40, first in the NL East) Atlanta; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Patrick Corbin (7-5, 3.39 ERA) Braves: Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.71 ERA) LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Braves are 22-15 against opponents from the NL East. Atlanta has hit 153 home runs this season, eighth in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the club with 25, averaging one every 15.2 at-bats. The Nationals are 28-18 against NL East Division opponents. Washington's team on-base percentage of .327 is fourth in the National League. Juan Soto leads the club with an OBP of .404. The Nationals won the last meeting 13-4. Stephen Strasburg notched his 12th victory and Strasburg went 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs for Washington. Kyle Wright took his third loss for Atlanta. TOP PERFORMERS: Freeman leads the Braves with 25 home runs and has 75 RBIs. Josh Donaldson is 9-for-31 with a double, five home runs and 12 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with 65 RBIs and is batting .316. Trea Turner is 12-for-43 with four doubles, a home run and two RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington. LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 6-4, .233 batting average, 4.85 ERA, outscored by 12 runs Nationals: 7-3, .284 batting average, 2.69 ERA, outscored opponents by 22 runs Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: 10-day IL (elbow), Darren O'Day: 60-day IL (forearm), Kevin Gausman: 10-day IL (foot), Max Fried: 10-day IL (blister), Grant Dayton: 10-day IL (toe). Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jonny Venters: 10-day IL (shoulder), Max Scherzer: 10-day IL (back), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 60-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • Man charged with killing girlfriend, 3 children in Georgia Police: Man on electric scooter hit, killed by Atlanta bus Georgia senator hospitalized after apartment fall 2020 debates: Biden-Harris rematch and progressive faceoff Georgia beachgoers help pilot whales from stranding on shore
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 3 Night' game were: 0-6-2 (zero, six, two)
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 4 Night' game were: 9-5-8-8 (nine, five, eight, eight)
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Fantasy 5' game were: 18-20-21-40-42 (eighteen, twenty, twenty-one, forty, forty-two)
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez may have found a new pinch-hitter in his team's latest win. Stephen Strasburg showed he can shine in the batter's box as well as on the mound. Strasburg had a three-run homer among his three hits and set a franchise-record for a pitcher with five RBIs, as the surging Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 13-4 on Thursday night. Strasburg's hitting made up for a so-so night on the mound, as he allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. 'Stephen wasn't as sharp as he could be but man he swung the bat really well,' Martinez said. 'He might be a pinch-hitter coming up here for the rest of these games.' Strasburg, who won the Silver Slugger Award in 2012, said he may have been a little lucky at the plate. 'It's just how crazy this game is,' Strasburg said. 'Sometimes you just run into the ball.' Strasburg is the first Nationals pitcher to drive in five runs in a game and have two hits in one inning. His homer was the highlight of an eight-run third inning that also included a two-run double by Victor Robles, an RBI triple by Adam Eaton and a run-scoring double by Anthony Rendon. The Nationals, who have won 14 of their last 18 games, cut Atlanta's lead to 5 1/2 games in the NL East by winning the opener of a four-game series. The Braves have lost three straight. Strasburg (12-4) improved to 3-0 against Atlanta this season by winning his fifth straight start. His effort on the mound was overshadowed by his career highs in hits and RBIs. Strasburg led off the third with a single to center. After the Nationals knocked rookie right-hander Kyle Wright (0-3) out of the game in the long inning, Strasburg hit Touki Toussaint's second pitch 420 feet over the Washington bullpen behind the left-field wall for an 8-1 lead. Strasburg's big night at the plate continued when he hit a two-run single off Toussaint in the fifth. All the time spent running the bases, including scoring from first on Eaton's triple, may have drained Strasburg. He was pulled in the sixth after giving up a run-scoring triple to Ozzie Albies and Brian McCann's RBI single. Nick Markakis hit a line-drive homer off right-hander Kyle McGowin in the eighth. The opposite-field shot barely cleared the left-field wall. Wright allowed seven runs and seven hits with three walks - all in the third inning - in 2 2/3 innings. Wright was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game. 'I just kind of beat myself a little bit,' Wright said. 'I think it was lack of feel with the fastball.' Rendon had three hits, including two doubles, and a walk. TRAINER'S ROOM Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (mid-back strain) played catch but did not throw in the bullpen as expected and may not start on Sunday. Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (right shoulder tendinitis) is on track to come off the IL and start on Sunday after throwing on Thursday. 'Talking to him, he feels really good where he's at right now,' Snitker said. DUGOUT DANCER Strasburg celebrated the homer by dancing with his teammates in the dugout . 'Stras isn't much of a dancer,' said first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. 'Maybe his wedding is the last time he danced.' ROSTER MOVES The Braves also reinstated outfielder Ender Inciarte from the 10-day injured list and optioned right-handers Bryse Wilson and Huascar Ynoa to Gwinnett. Inciarte, who had been out since May 15 with a lumbar strain, did not have a hit as he started in center field with Ronald Acu a Jr. moving to left field. Inciarte, a three-time Gold Glove winner, isn't returning to a regular job. Rookie Austin Riley has taken over in left field. 'Just filling in,' said manager Brian Snitker when asked about Inciarte's role. 'I'm not going to feel like I'm forced to get him in.' CHARLIE ON THE HILL Utility infielder Charlie Culberson made his second pitching appearance of the season with a scoreless ninth. He also recorded a scoreless ninth against San Diego on May 2. UP NEXT Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (7-5, 3.39) will face the Braves for the first time this season on Friday night. Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.71 ERA) is 6-6 with a 4.13 ERA in 21 career starts against Washington, including 0-2 with a 6.57 ERA in 2018. Teheran had been scheduled to start on Thursday night, but the start was pushed back when Wright was recalled. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Jumbo Bucks Lotto' game were: 07-13-27-29-41-45 (seven, thirteen, twenty-seven, twenty-nine, forty-one, forty-five)
  • DP_Washington 1, Atlanta 1. LOB_Washington 9, Atlanta 7. 2B_T.Turner (19), Rendon 2 (27), Zimmerman 2 (8), V.Robles (16), B.McCann (8), Camargo (10). 3B_Eaton (4), Albies (4). HR_Strasburg (1), Markakis (9). SB_T.Turner (19), Acuna Jr. (18). SF_Suzuki (3). WP_K.Wright, Toussaint, Culberson. Umpires_Home, Mike Muchlinski; First, Tim Timmons; Second, Mike Winters; Third, Rob Drake. T_3:44. A_39,363 (41,149).
  • ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Night' game were: 01-02-05-09-11-13-16-17-19-21-23-24 (one, two, five, nine, eleven, thirteen, sixteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-one, twenty-three, twenty-four)
  • ATLANTA (AP) - The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and looks ahead to a 2020 fight against President Donald Trump. Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris will take center stage in Detroit on July 31, barely a month after Harris used the first debates to propel herself into the top tier with an aggressive takedown of the 76-year-old Biden's long record on race. CNN, which is broadcasting the debates, assigned candidates randomly with a drawing Thursday night, with 20 candidates spread evenly over two nights, July 30-31. This time, Harris, the lone black woman in the field, will be joined by another top black candidate, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who also has been an outspoken critic of Biden. Booker had denounced Biden for his recollections of the 'civility' of working in a Senate that included white supremacists and for his leadership on a 1994 crime bill that the New Jersey senator assailed as a mass incarceration agent in the black community. Meanwhile, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts lead the July 30 lineup, allowing the two progressive icons to compete directly for the affections of the party's left flank. They will be joined by several more moderate candidates who are likely to question the senators' sweeping proposals for single-payer health insurance and tuition-free college, among other plans. Biden vs. Harris has quickly become the defining candidate-on-candidate juxtaposition in the early months of the contest. Although of different sexes, races and generations, the two rivals share the same broad path to the nomination, particularly the broad coalition of white and black voters necessary to win the Southern primaries that dominate the early months of the nominating calendar. Harris' June attacks on Biden's 1970s opposition to federal busing orders as a way to desegregate public schools was a way for her to stand out to liberal whites and to try to cut into Biden's strength in the black community, where he is lauded as the loyal vice president to Barack Obama, the nation's first black president. To be clear, Biden aides say Harris' broadsides sparked a new aggressiveness and determination for the former vice president, and he's gone on a policy offensive in recent weeks, most notably on health care. A proponent of adding a public option to the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, Biden almost certainly will try to pin down Harris on her support for Sanders' 'Medicare for All' proposal. Harris, though, has stopped short of Sanders' explicit call for abolishing private insurance, and she insists that the plan can be paid for without any tax hikes on the middle class. Biden and Harris will be joined on the stage July 31 by Booker; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; Colorado Gov. Michael Bennet; former Obama Cabinet member Juli n Castro; New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang. Flanking Sanders and Warren on the stage July 30 will be Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana; former Maryland Rep. John Delaney; former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke; Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan; and author Marianne Williamson. Delaney and Hickenlooper have been among the most outspoken moderates warning Democrats against a leftward lurch. Klobuchar, Bullock and Buttigieg also position themselves as more centrist than Warren and Sanders. A generational split also will be on display: Buttigieg, 37, and O'Rourke, 46, each have called for the party to pass the torch, while Sanders, at 77, is more than twice the young mayor's age. Warren, meanwhile, recently turned 70. It will be the first debate opportunity for Bullock, who takes the spot that California Rep. Eric Swalwell had in June before dropping out in recent weeks. Another late entry to the race, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, did not meet the polling or fundraising thresholds required for the July debate. For several of the longshot candidates, the July debates are critical. The Democratic National Committee is doubling the polling and fundraising requirements to make the stage in the next round of debates, scheduled for September in Houston and October in a city yet to be announced. As of now, it's likely those higher standards would mean many of the 20 candidates on stage in Detroit won't have a place in Houston. ___ Follow Barrow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAP