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    Atlanta Braves (46-32, first in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (42-35, first in the NL Central) Chicago; Monday, 8 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Julio Teheran (5-5, 3.40 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 79 strikeouts) Cubs: Jon Lester (6-5, 4.13 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 75 strikeouts) BOTTOM LINE: Chicago and Atlanta are set to begin a four-game series. The Cubs are 27-14 in home games. The Chicago pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.95. Cole Hamels leads the team with a 2.92 ERA. The Braves are 22-15 on the road. Atlanta has hit 121 home runs this season, seventh in the MLB. Freddie Freeman leads the club with 21, averaging one every 14.5 at-bats. TOP PERFORMERS: Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 40 extra base hits and is slugging .551. Willson Contreras is 10-for-26 with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago. Freeman leads the Braves with 21 home runs home runs and is slugging .605. Josh Donaldson is 17-for-41 with three doubles, six home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 4-6, .234 batting average, 4.24 ERA, outscored by eight runs Braves: 7-3, .304 batting average, 4.10 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: 60-day IL (hand), Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Kyle Hendricks: 10-day IL (shoulder), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Carl Edwards Jr.: 10-day IL (shoulder), Xavier Cedeno: 10-day IL (wrist). Braves Injuries: Mike Soroka: day-to-day (arm), Darren O'Day: 60-day IL (forearm), Sean Newcomb: 7-day IL (concussion), Kevin Gausman: 10-day IL (foot), Ender Inciarte: 10-day IL (lumbar strain). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.
  • Jerry Kelly won his hometown PGA Tour Champions event, beating Retief Goosen with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff Sunday in the American Family Insurance Championship. Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 at rainy University Ridge to match Goosen and tournament host and fellow Madison player Steve Stricker at 15-under 201. 'The chills were flying up and down,' Kelly said. 'It was pretty amazing. My mom saying the sun came out, my dad was there. I haven't won since my dad passed, so this was the first one and I was talking to him all the time. There were a lot of birdies coming up and chirping right next to me and I was like, 'Hey, hey, Dad, how are you?' It was kind of surreal.' Goosen also had a 66, and Stricker shot 67. 'The playoff was exciting stuff,' Goosen said. 'It was good to be in that sort of fight again. It's been a while since I've been in that kind of position and it's nice to finally get in that position. Now we can grow on that and I'm looking forward to the U.S. (Senior) Open next week.' Stricker was eliminated with a bogey on the first extra hole. He missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th in regulation. 'I had some opportunities coming in at 15, 16, 18,' Stricker said. 'Pretty cautious with some of the putts. Didn't hit some of my best putts. Then had the opportunity to win it all right there on 18. Misread it a little bit. I didn't think it was going to break as much as it did and it just snapped off at the end.' Kelly won on the par-4 15th after the playoff opened with two trips down the 18th. Kelly has four victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning three times on the PGA Tour. 'It really is truly awesome,' Kelly said. 'It's about friends and family and to be able to do it in front of everybody ... this is pretty sweet.' Duffy Waldorf was a stroke out of the playoff after a 68. Kevin Sutherland (63) and John Daly (66) followed at 13 under. Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz tied for 76th in the 78-man field at 12 over with rounds of 76, 78 and 74. Making his third tour start, the former Atlanta Braves star got into the field on a sponsor exemption.
  • The Atlanta Braves are getting contributions from almost everyone on the roster, playing all three facets of the game at a high level and riding a hot streak that's been sprinkled with a healthy portion of good luck. With all that going for them, the NL East leaders are beginning to widen the gap between themselves and their pursuers. Johan Camargo delivered a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the 10th inning, and Atlanta beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 Sunday to win its fifth straight series. Overcoming an injury to standout rookie starting pitcher Mike Soroka, the Braves used the long ball and their bullpen to win the deciding matchup of a three-game set between division rivals. For the first time since June 12, Atlanta's Freddie Freeman failed to drive in a run. His streak of 10 straight games with an RBI matched the franchise record set by Sid Gordon in August 1951. No matter. The unlikely stars were Camargo, Josh Donaldson and 34-year-old reliever Josh Tomlin, who threw four innings of one-hit relief to cover for the loss of Soroka. 'It's incredible. There's a new hero every single night,' Soroka said. 'We really do feel like a team. It's awesome to see.' Donaldson had two hits, including a home run , and Ronald Acuña Jr. also went deep for Atlanta, which expanded its lead to 6 ½ games over Philadelphia and 8 ½ over the third-place Nationals. Soroka, a native of Canada, had the misfortune of being struck in the right arm by a pitch from Austin Voth in the third inning. Luckily for him and the Braves, x-rays were negative and the team won anyway. 'I've been hit by enough pucks and baseballs in my lifetime to know what the aftermath is of getting hit,' he said. 'It's just a bruise, so it's good.' Unbeaten since April 18 and sporting an 8-1 record, the 21-year-old Soroka allowed one hit, faced the minimum six batters and lowered his ERA to 2.07. Tomlin replaced Soroka and stymied the Nationals through the sixth. He left with a 2-0 lead, which quickly dissipated in the seventh when Juan Soto homered off Grant Dayton and Gerardo Parra followed with an RBI single off Jacob Webb. But that didn't mar an otherwise top-notch performance by six Atlanta relievers. A.J. Minter (2-4) worked the ninth and Luke Jackson earned his 11th save despite giving up a run, two hits and a walk. Camargo connected in the 10th off Tanner Rainey (1-2) after Ozzie Albies drew a one-out walk, and Atlanta held on for its seventh victory in 10 extra-inning games this season. 'This lineup and this pitching staff have been clicking on all go,' Soroka said. 'We've got all three parts of the game going hot.' The Nationals, on the other hand, have lost two in a row following a five-game win streak. Despite the back-to-back losses, Washington remains upbeat. 'After today and (Saturday), we know we're capable of keeping up with any of these guys,' catcher Yan Gomes said. 'We gave ourselves a chance to win today and it didn't come our way.' START ME UP Recalled from Double-A Harrisburg before the game, Voth gave up two runs and four hits in six innings. In his third career start, the rookie notched a personal-best seven strikeouts. 'Really, really awesome to see him come up here and do what he did,' manager Dave Martinez said. ROSTER MOVES Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (2-5, 6.37 ERA) was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and RHP Chad Sobotka was recalled from the same club. After giving up eight runs in four innings on Saturday, Foltynewicz — a 2018 NL All-Star — said, 'It's just frustrating. I have a 7.00 ERA on a first-place team.' Pitching coach Rick Kranitz said, 'He's an All-Star, and he has great stuff. He just needs to go down, clear his head and relax and start making pitches.' Nationals: Reliever Trevor Rosenthal was released after compiling a 22.74 ERA and allowing 15 walks in 6 1/3 innings. Washington also recalled righty Kyle McGowin from Triple-A Fresno and optioned right-hander Joe Ross to the same minor league club. TRAINER'S ROOM Nationals: OF Victor Robles wasn't in the starting lineup but pinch hit in the sixth innings after leaving Saturday's game due to dehydration. Describing his symptoms from the night before, Robles said, 'I had a real bad headache and felt some dizziness, and I felt like I had some blurred vision at the same time.' UP NEXT Braves: Julio Teheran (5-5, 3.40 ERA) faces the Cubs on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Wrigley Field. Nationals: After taking Monday off, Washington launches a six-game road trip by sending ace Max Scherzer (6-5, 2.62) to the mound against the Miami Marlins. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Atlanta Braves have sent 2018 All-Star pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to the minor leagues following another ineffective start. Foltynewicz (2-5, 6.37 ERA) was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday after giving up eight runs in four innings to Washington less than 24 hours earlier. After the Braves rallied for a 13-9 win on Saturday night, Foltynewicz said, 'It's just frustrating. I have a 7.00 ERA on a first-place team.' By late Sunday morning, he was no longer part of the NL East-leading Braves' roster. Atlanta pitching coach Rick Kranitz said of the right-hander: 'He's an All-Star, and he has great stuff. He just needs to go down, clear his head and relax and start making pitches.' The Braves filled the roster spot by recalling right-hander Chad Sobotka from Gwinnett. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Atlanta Braves (45-32, first in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (37-39, third in the NL East) Washington; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Mike Soroka (8-1, 2.12 ERA, .97 WHIP, 62 strikeouts) Nationals: Austin Voth (0-0, 0.00 ERA, PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Mike Soroka (8-1, 2.12 ERA, .97 WHIP, 62 strikeouts) Nationals: Austin Voth (0-0, 0.00 ERA, LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Nationals are 19-16 against the rest of their division. Washington has slugged .437 this season. Anthony Rendon leads the team with a mark of .648. The Braves are 15-11 against NL East Division teams. TOP PERFORMERS: Rendon leads the Nationals with 39 extra base hits and is slugging .648. Matt Adams is 6-for-24 with a double, four home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington. Freeman leads the Braves with 21 home runs and has 61 RBIs. Josh Donaldson is 16-for-43 with three doubles, five home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 6-4, .266 batting average, 5.16 ERA, outscored opponents by six runs Braves: 7-3, .320 batting average, 4.55 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm), Kyle Barraclough: 10-day IL (forearm), Victor Robles: day-to-day (dehydration), Ryan Zimmerman: 10-day IL (foot). Braves Injuries: Darren O'Day: 60-day IL (forearm), Sean Newcomb: 7-day IL (concussion), Kevin Gausman: 10-day IL (foot), Ender Inciarte: 10-day IL (lumbar strain). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.
  • Mike Foltynewicz’s outing was an eight-run mess Saturday. The Braves’ bats seemingly wouldn’t overcome their pitching unraveling. The Nationals had the momentum, motivation and lead. The Braves entered the seventh down 8-4, staring into the possibility of being swept in the series Sunday. They came out of the next few innings with a 13-9 win, which felt improbable – as it often does – given the circumstances at hand. The win extended the Braves’ National League East lead to a season-high 5-1/2 games. And of the many, many explosions the offense has ignited recently, this one might be most impressive. “It’s up there,” first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “Me and (catcher Brian McCann) were just saying ‘What a win.’ It just doesn’t matter what inning it is, what score it is. We’re relentless. We’ve proved that over and over again.” Washington began the seventh up four. The Nationals then summoned Trevor Rosenthal, who made Foltynewicz’s performance look like a Madison Bumgarner postseason showcase. The erratic righty was all over the place and walked three consecutive hitters before being pulled. Tanner Rainey replaced Rosenthal and promptly walked Dansby Swanson, pulling the Braves within 8-5. That at-bat, in which Swanson fell behind 0-2 before taking four pitches in the dirt, was perhaps the best of the night, according to manager Brian Snitker. “Dansby laying off those two sliders with two strikes, that was a great at-bat to walk there,” he said. “Those are tough pitches to lay off of when you’re down in the count like that. He’s been great all year, but those are tough to lay off of. That loaded the bases to bring up Freddie (Freeman). That was a huge at-bat.” Freeman pounded a game-tying three-run double on the next pitch. The much-maligned Nationals bullpen realized its feared fate. The Braves offense, contained by Thursday’s off-day and Friday’s pitching, got its due. “Early in the game, we got down four and I was just sitting there thinking to myself, ‘I feel like we have a chance here,’ ” Snitker said. “There’s way too much game left. It was a string of really good at-bats again.” A.J. Minter gave the Nationals a run back in the bottom of the inning via a wild pitch. The Braves plated four again in the eighth – making that eight runs in two innings. Their ability to blow up in one-or-two-inning stretches is why they’ve scored 12 or more runs five times this month. Joe Ross, who was a candidate to start Sunday, pitched the eighth for Washington. Ozzie Albies and Tyler Flowers greeted him with singles. Pinch-hitter Johan Camargo doubled to even the score again. Ronald Acuna was retired on a harmless grounder. Then came Swanson, whose offensive awakening has bailed the Braves out plenty in the first 76 games. He blasted a three-run homer to left-center, bringing the significant number of visiting Braves fans to their feet and awarding the team its first win over the Nationals this season. “The more you do it, that’s when you start saying ‘Wow. We keep doing this over and over again.’ And as much as I’d like to win with not-heart-racing moments, it’s pretty spectacular what this team is doing,” Freeman said. “It’s really hard to put into perspective what we’re doing. I don’t know if anyone’s been doing this like we have. Hopefully we’re getting this all out and we’ll win games easier, but it’s just the feeling we have in this clubhouse that no matter what it is, we’re going to keep coming.” In the midst of the madness, Freeman tied a franchise record with an RBI for the 10th consecutive game. He’s registered 18 RBIs during this stretch and has 29 in June. His five RBIs equaled a career-high. As usual, Freeman’s tear has been a quiet one on the national scale. On the verge of another All-Star appearance, this might become Freeman’s best offensive campaign yet. “He’s so good,” Swanson said. “You can just write that, quote that: He’s so good. Because there’s nothing really else there is to say about it. He hits to all parts of the field, lefty-righty, it doesn’t matter who’s pitching. It’s amazing. It’s incredible. I’m just glad he’s on our team.”
  • The Atlanta Braves have had enough rallies to know they are rarely out of a game. The Washington Nationals' beleaguered bullpen has struggled enough that few leads seem safe. A combination of the two led to the Braves' latest win Saturday. Atlanta used a tie-breaking three-run homer by Dansby Swanson in the eighth inning for a 13-9, come-from-behind win over Washington. Freddie Freeman drove in five runs as the Braves erased a four-run deficit to win for the 12th time in 15 games and avoided dropping consecutive games for the first time since June 5-6. Atlanta has won eight games this season when trailing after seven innings. 'It just doesn't matter what inning it is, what score it is, we're coming,' Freeman said. 'We're relentless. I think we've proven that over and over again.' Freeman delivered in two crucial spots Saturday, including a two-out, two-run single in the fifth and a three-run double in the seventh. Freeman tied the Braves' franchise record of 10 consecutive games with an RBI. Sid Gordon also accomplished the feat for the then-Boston Braves in 1951. Freeman has 18 RBIs over the last 10 games and 29 this month, the most in the majors. 'He's on another planet,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. 'What he does is unbelievable.' Washington, which had won a season-high five in a row and 18 of 25, failed to get back to .500 for the first time since April 23. The Braves hammered Joe Ross (0-1), who was called up from Triple-A Fresno on Friday and was a candidate to start Sunday, when he entered in the eighth inning. Ross gave up three consecutive hits, squandering a 9-8 lead before inducing a groundout. Swanson then homered into the Atlanta bullpen in left to make it 12-9. The game was a continuation of Washington's season-long relief woes. Though the Nationals' bullpen had posted a 2.75 ERA in its previous 19 games, it entered the game with 6.04 ERA for the season — worse than every team in the majors except Baltimore. Washington led 8-4 when starter Anibal Sanchez exited after six innings. Trevor Rosenthal, pitching on consecutive days in the majors for the first time since March, walked all three hitters he faced opening the seventh inning, and Tanner Rainey then walked Swanson, forcing in a run before Freeman's bases-clearing double — the only hit of the inning — tied it. 'We've got eight guys down there, and they gotta pitch,' Washington manager Dave Martinez said. 'I really felt good about putting (Rosenthal) in there.' A.J. Minter (1-4) pitched the seventh and earned the victory. The top of Washington's order did damage against Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz. Matt Adams capped a three-run first inning with a two-run homer, Juan Soto had a two-run triple in the third, and the Nationals opened the fifth with three consecutive singles, chasing the right-hander. All three runners eventually scored. 'We got down four or five or whatever it was and I'm just sitting there thinking to myself, 'I feel like we have a chance here,'' Snitker said. 'There was just way too much game left. It was just a string of really good at bats.' TRAINER'S ROOM Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (concussion) pitched two scoreless innings in a rehabilitation appearance at Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out five. Newcomb is eligible to be activated Tuesday. Nationals: OF Victor Robles left in the second inning with dehydration, the team said. Michael A. Taylor replaced him in center. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis) played for Double-A Harrisburg for the second consecutive night, going 0 for 3 while logging seven innings at first base. Zimmerman has missed Washington's last 49 games. UP NEXT Braves: Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (8-1, 2.12 ERA) faces Washington for the first time in his career in the finale of the three-game series. Nationals: Washington plans to recall RHP Austin Voth to start Sunday. Voth is 3-5 with a 4.40 ERA for Triple-A Fresno and has yet to pitch in the majors this season. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Steve Flesch birdied the final three holes for a 7-under 65 and the second-round lead Saturday in the American Family Insurance Championship, with tournament host Steve Stricker a stroke back in his hometown tournament. The 52-year-old Flesch played the back nine at University Ridge in 5-under 31 to reach 11-under 133. He won the 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Classic for his lone PGA Tour Champions title after winning four times on the PGA Tour. 'Hit a lot of good shots, had a lot of opportunities,' Flesch said. 'Greens are perfect, and today I made three more than I did yesterday. So two good rounds. It's nice because I haven't particularly played well here in my two previous showings.' He was part of Fox's broadcast team last week at the U.S. Open. 'I didn't even have my clubs with me,' Flesch said. 'I flew home from there and didn't even fly up here until Wednesday, so I had a nice week and a half off from playing any golf, although I was immersed in maybe the biggest championship going on in the world.' Stricker eagled the par-5 16th in a 67. 'Tough day,' Stricker said. 'It was gusty, swirling wind. It was tough to pick the right club, so it made for a bit more of a challenge today.' Billy Andrade (66) and Duffy Waldorf (67) also were 10 under. First-round leader Jerry Kelly, also from Madison, shot a 70 to drop into a tie for fifth at 9 under with Retief Goosen (66) and Tom Pernice (67). John Daly was four strokes back at 7 under after a 69, and defending champion Scott McCarron had a 67 to get to 6 under. Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz was last in the 78-man field at 10 over after rounds of 76 and 78. Making his third tour start, the former Atlanta Braves star got into the field on a sponsor exemption.
  • Atlanta Braves (44-32, first in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (37-38, third in the NL East) Washington; Saturday, 7:15 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Mike Foltynewicz (2-5, 5.53 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 48 strikeouts) Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (3-6, 3.84 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 59 strikeouts) LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Washington enters the matchup as winners of their last five games. The Nationals are 19-15 against the rest of their division. The Washington offense has compiled a .253 batting average as a team this season, Howie Kendrick leads the team with a mark of .337. The Braves have gone 14-11 against division opponents. Atlanta has slugged .461, good for third in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the team with a .605 slugging percentage, including 42 extra-base hits and 21 home runs. The Nationals won the last meeting 4-3. Stephen Strasburg earned his eighth victory and Yan Gomes went 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI for Washington. Dallas Keuchel took his first loss for Atlanta. TOP PERFORMERS: Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with 39 extra base hits and is slugging .647. Kurt Suzuki is 5-for-21 with three home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington. Freeman leads the Braves with 21 home runs and has 56 RBIs. Josh Donaldson is 17-for-42 with three doubles, six home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 7-3, .277 batting average, 3.94 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs Braves: 7-3, .316 batting average, 4.20 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm), Kyle Barraclough: 10-day IL (forearm), Ryan Zimmerman: 10-day IL (foot). Braves Injuries: Darren O'Day: 60-day IL (forearm), Sean Newcomb: 7-day IL (concussion), Kevin Gausman: 10-day IL (foot), Ender Inciarte: 10-day IL (lumbar strain). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.
  • Dallas Keuchel enjoyed being back on the mound after than a longer-than-expected wait between major league starts. He would have been happier if a three-run lead hadn't slipped away. Keuchel labored through five innings in his Atlanta debut, coughing up that 3-0 lead as the Braves lost 4-3 to the Washington Nationals on Friday night. The Braves scored two in the second and another in the third against Washington starter Stephen Strasburg, but the Nationals rallied against Keuchel. 'It was really nice to get back at it,' Keuchel said. 'The most frustrating part is getting three runs early off Strasburg. ... Being granted three runs early off a really, really good pitcher is something I've got to take advantage of, and I usually do.' Keuchel, who couldn't find a deal he wanted during a tough offseason for veteran free agents, signed a one-year, $13 million contract on July 7 with the NL East-leading Braves, who hope he can help lead them to the postseason. The left-hander then made two minor league starts before he was recalled Friday from Double-A Mississippi. It was the first major league appearance for Keuchel since he started Game 3 of last year's AL Championship Series for the Houston Astros. Keuchel (0-1) never retired Washington in order and gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits. He also hit two batters, but Atlanta manager Brian Snitker was pleased with his new starter's outing. 'He threw the ball extremely well,' Snitker said. 'He kept them off-balance tonight. He had a good feel for what he was doing.' The Braves had won 11 of 13 entering the game to build a cushion atop the division. The third-place Nationals have won five straight and nine of 12 to move within a game of .500 for the first time since April 24. Atlanta led 3-0 in the fourth thanks to a two-run homer by Austin Riley and an RBI double by Freddie Freeman, who has now driven in a run in nine straight games, matching an Atlanta record. In the bottom half, Victor Robles lined an RBI triple and scored on Michael A. Taylor's squeeze bunt. Yan Gomes homered to tie it at 3-3. Washington pushed ahead in the fifth, when Juan Soto led off with a triple and Anthony Rendon singled him home. Strasburg (8-4) allowed three runs in six innings. With closer Sean Doolittle having worked two consecutive nights, Wander Suero allowed the first two runners to reach in the ninth before retiring the side for his first career save. Robles made a sliding catch in right field for the last out. 'It was little — I wouldn't say hesitation — but there was a little doubt in my mind as I was coming to make the play,' Robles said through a translator. 'I made the play and I was able to make the catch and win the game for the team.' Washington's much-maligned bullpen got three scoreless innings from four pitchers. 'We had a couple of guys in the bullpen who are down,' manager Dave Martinez said. 'The rest of the guys stepped up. We need them all and they proved it tonight.' SUSPENSION DROPPED Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson had his one-game suspension rescinded by Major League Baseball. He had appealed the penalty after a dust-up with Pittsburgh pitcher Joe Musgrove earlier this month. Donaldson was still fined for the incident. Donaldson doubled and singled Friday night. MOVES The Nationals recalled right-hander Joe Ross from Triple-A Fresno. Washington has yet to announce a starter for Sunday, and Ross could get the call if he's not needed in the bullpen Saturday. Washington optioned infielder Adrian Sanchez to Double-A Harrisburg. TRAINER'S ROOM Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fasciitis in right foot) began his rehab assignment with Double-A Harrisburg. He played five innings and went 1-for-1 with a walk. He has missed 48 games with the injury, and Martinez said Zimmerman will work his way up to playing nine innings. UP NEXT Braves: Mike Foltynewicz (2-5, 5.53 ERA), who is 5-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 11 career starts against Washington, will start for Atlanta on Saturday. Nationals: Aníbal Sánchez (3-6, 3.84) is 3-0 in his last four starts. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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  • Romance author Judith Krantz, best known for writing 'Scruples' and nine other best-selling novels, has died at age 91, multiple news outlets reported Sunday. >> Read more trending news According to The Associated Press, Krantz died of natural causes Saturday afternoon at her home in Los Angeles' Bel-Air neighborhood, said one of her sons, producer Tony Krantz. Before she published the racy 'Scruples' at age 50 in 1978, Krantz wrote for women's magazines such as Cosmopolitan, McCall's and Ladies' Home Journal. She eventually wrote 10 novels that sold more than 80 million copies around the world, CNN reported. She also published a memoir, 'Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl,' in 2001. Several of Krantz's books, including 'Scruples,' 'Princess Daisy' and 'Mistral's Daughter,' were adapted into television miniseries in the '80s and '90s. A remake of the 'Scruples' miniseries was 'still in the works' when she died, Tony Krantz told the AP. Krantz was preceded in death by her husband, producer Steve Krantz. She is survived by their two sons and two grandchildren, the AP reported. Fellow authors took to Twitter after learning of Krantz's death, calling her a 'legend.' Read more here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and two hurt in a South Fulton County apartment complex.  Channel 2’s Kristen Holloway is at the scene, where she talked to neighbors who say they heard about 12 gunshots.  The shooting happened at the Avery Park Apartments in the 2600 block of Charlestown Drive in College Park Monday. We’re at the scene talking to police about the shooting and the victims, for LIVE reports on Channel 2 Action News This Morning. BREAKING: Just got the scene of shooting at an apartment complex in College Park. Stay with @wsbtv for updates. pic.twitter.com/HE0HjejFRP — Kristen Holloway (@KHollowayWSB) June 24, 2019  
  • The search for a missing New York girl came to a sad end late Sunday when authorities found her body in Ontario's Casey Park. >> Read more trending news According to New York State Police, Zyvette Marquez-Rivera, 3, was found dead 'in a small body of water' about 11:43 p.m., nearly five hours after she was reported missing. Emergency crews, including an underwater rescue unit, responded to the park to look for the girl. The Monroe County Medical Examiners' Office will perform an autopsy on the child to determine her cause of death, authorities said. The investigation is ongoing.  If you have information about the case, call New York State Police at 585-398-4100. Read more here.
  • A New York man died unexpectedly while visiting the Dominican Republic last week, becoming the latest of at least 11 Americans who have died in the popular tourist destination since June 2018. According to Fox News, 56-year-old Vittorio Caruso, a recently retired pizzeria owner from Glen Cove, Long Island, died June 17 after he fell sick at Santo Domingo's Boca Chica Resort.  >> Read more trending news 'We found out he was brought by ambulance to the hospital in respiratory distress after drinking something,' Lisa Maria Caruso said of her brother-in-law, who had gone to the island nation alone. She said family members learned of Caruso's death via phone just minutes after officials had called to say he was sick, News 12 Long Island reported. However, Dominican Republic National Police told CNN that Caruso had begun 'receiving medical attention' six days earlier, on June 11. Caruso 'was not a sick person' and had been in good health, Lisa Maria Caruso told Fox News. A doctor said Caruso's cause of death was respiratory failure, but officials are still awaiting autopsy results, CNN reported.  Caruso's case appears to be similar to the other American deaths reported recently in the island nation. Most of the travelers died from respiratory failure, pulmonary edema and/or a heart attack, officials said. Some had taken drinks from a hotel minibar before falling ill, family members told multiple news outlets. According to CBS News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation 'is assisting Dominican authorities' as they look into the deaths. So far, investigators reportedly have not found any evidence that the incidents are connected.  'There are no mysterious deaths here,' Dominican Republic Tourism Minister Javier Garcia told Fox News. ''Mysterious' implies that things happened that science cannot explain.' Although the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory in April urging American tourists to 'exercise increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime,' officials have not revised the notice to include any health warnings. In fact, the department said last week that it has 'not seen an uptick in the number of U.S. citizen deaths' in the popular vacation destination, ABC News reported. 'The overwhelming majority travel without incident,' a department spokesperson said of the 2.7 million Americans who go there each year.
  • Cardi B, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino and the late Nipsey Hussle won top honors at the 2019 BET Awards, held Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. >> Read more trending news Here's the complete list of winners:  Album of the year: Cardi B, 'Invasion of Privacy' Best new artist: Lil Baby Best female hip-hop artist: Cardi B Best male hip-hop artist: Nipsey Hussle Coca-Cola viewers choice award: Ella Mai, 'Trip' Best collaboration: Travis Scott feat. Drake, 'Sicko Mode' Best international act: Burna Boy (Nigeria) Viewers' choice: Best new international act: ShoMadjozi (South Africa) Best female R&B/pop artist: Beyoncé Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars Young stars award: Marsai Martin Best group: Migos Video of the year: Childish Gambino, 'This Is America' Video director of the year: Karena Evans Best actress: Regina King Best actor: Michael B. Jordan Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award: Snoop Dogg feat. Rance Allen, 'Blessing Me Again' Sportsman of the year: Stephen Curry Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams BET HER award: H.E.R., 'Hard Place' Best movie: 'BlacKkKlansman' Lifetime achievement award: Mary J. Blige Ultimate icon award: Tyler Perry Humanitarian award: Nipsey Hussle
  • Plans to develop thousands of acres of Ohio farmland to take advantage of the sun’s energy — but not for growing food — have divided area rural communities. >> Read more trending news  Solar energy development companies are seeking approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board for construction of large solar farms in the state’s rural areas. Some land owners have agreed to long-term leases with solar companies, while their neighbors who oppose the massive electric-generating facilities are hoping to stop the projects from going forward. The recent increase in solar arrays in Ohio is partially because solar power technology has improved to make it more competitive with other energy sources, according to Doug Herling, director of business development at Open Road Renewables. >> Related: Greene landowners concerned over potential solar farm “Until recently, solar did not make sense in Ohio,” Herling said. “The technology is vastly more efficient and can now compete with wind and coal. It comes down to the economy of producing power. We can’t build one of these if it’s not competitive on the power market.” Open Road Renewables has applied to install two solar arrays in Preble County. A grassroots effort is underway to try to block the projects. Among residents opposing the projects is Rachel Vonderhaar, who farms thousands of acres as a family business. Vonderhaar questions the transparency of the process, saying few people took notice of the flyer that came in the mail two weeks prior to the first public meeting. “When it comes to transparency, there’s a real problem with how the system operates,” Vonderhaar said. “Two weeks before a meeting is not enough notice for someone to figure out what their rights are, let alone to participate, to prevent an application from being submitted.” >>Trending: Cops pose as utility workers to catch distracted drivers Daniel Sawmiller, Ohio’s energy policy director for the Natural Resource Defense Council, said solar is becoming more prevalent in Ohio as coal plants are shutting down. Sawmiller, who was formerly with the Sierra Club, said he worked on the settlement with American Electric Power, which resulted in a commitment by AEP to add 900 megawatts of renewable energy sources, including 400 megawatts from solar power. Projects in Highland and Brown counties, where the local economy has been hit hard by the decline in the coal industry, are a direct result of that settlement, Sawmiller said. Sawmiller said adding solar and other renewable energy sources to the grid will ultimately result in “lower wholesale energy prices,” which leads to lower electric rates for consumers. Solar farms as big as a lake Six solar electric generation facilities have been approved in four Ohio counties, amounting to 12,573 acres, according to records on file with the Ohio Power Siting Board. By comparison, Grand Lake St. Marys is 13,500 acres across Mercer and Auglaize counties. Three proposed projects are pending approval by the OPSB, including two in Preble County that would occupy about 1,800 acres of farmland, according to records. >> Trending: 7 motorcycle riders killed in fiery crash identified; range in age from 42 to 62 The three pending applications were filed with the state in December 2018; among the approved projects, the first application was in March 2017 for approximately 1,200 acres in Vinton County, according to the records. Greene County property owners near Yellow Springs and Cedarville have also been approached about lease agreements for a solar farm there. Open Road Renewables is an Austin, Texas-based company that has applied for the two solar projects in Preble County, called Alamo and Angelina. Herling said the solar arrays proposed in Preble County would result in $1.7 million annual tax revenue, $9,000 per megawatt generated, that would benefit the county, school district and other taxing jurisdictions. ‘Animosities with neighbors’ Concerned Citizens of Preble County is a grassroots effort aimed at stopping the projects. The group of residents who live or own land near the proposed sites say they were not aware of the projects until late last year, despite representatives from Open Road Renewables beginning talks with local officials and land owners years earlier. The group has myriad concerns beyond what they said will be negative effects on the aesthetics of their farming community and their property values. Among the group is Joe DeLuca, former superintendent of Eaton schools. DeLuca said he’s always been an admirer of solar power, but it’s concerning when out-of-state companies looking to make a profit on large projects can go to the state level for approval and not worry about local opposition. >> Trending: Exonerated 5, formerly Central Park 5, bring crowd to their feet at BET Awards “The big picture for me: why would anyone want to take some of the best productive farm land in the state or anywhere and put solar panels on it to take it out of production?” DeLuca said. In Oregon, a commission for land conservation and development has implemented a temporary ban on installing solar arrays on prime farmland. Resident Marja Brandly’s home on Fairhaven College Corner Road is surrounded by hundreds of acres used for growing soy beans and corn. Brandly, who is the fifth generation to inherit the property, pointed to the horizon where one of the proposed solar arrays would be within sight. “It really has torn us apart and created animosities with neighbors, because we feel by their secrecy and not letting the rest of us know that they really set out to knife us in the back,” Brandly said. “If these same people had come to us two years ago, I would have had a lot more respect for their openness and forthrightness. Now, nobody trusts them. We don’t want them on our property … That’s how far down the relationship has descended.” Greene County next? The groundwork preparing for other potential solar farms is also happening in the state before any official applications are filed. The Dayton Daily News reported in May about farmers in Greene County who are being solicited for lease agreements by a law firm working on behalf of Australia-based Lendlease, which has plans to install solar arrays on more than a thousand acres around Yellow Springs and Cedarville. Greene County resident Mark Pinkerton said he is bothered by what he described as the sneaky way in which solar development companies are securing lease agreements. Pinkerton said he also questions the efficiencies espoused by solar array proponents after he invested in a project that wasn’t profitable in Colorado. “Certainly there needs to be some land use policies put in place. There needs to be public hearings ahead of time,” Pinkerton said. “I want people to use the land how they feel is appropriate, but those of us who have invested in the community want to protect our investment and property as well.” Cedarville resident Ryanne Rinaldi, an environmental biology and chemistry student at Grace College, said a neighbor’s field behind her family’s home is one of the areas where the solar array would be installed. She said her research has given her concerns for the toxins that are inside the solar panels, the impact to wildlife and the environment. “This will ultimately reduce our property value, and we won’t be able to either sell or enjoy the space that we live in anymore,” Rinaldi said. >> Trending: SEE: Hot air balloon crash-lands into crowd at Missouri festival Lendlease has not submitted a formal application with OPSB. Messages left with the company have not been returned. Approval, but no construction yet The OPSB technical staff has recommended approval of the Preble County projects, with conditions, according to Matt Schilling, spokesman for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Though the power siting board has approved six projects in the state, no construction has begun on any of them, Schilling said. An evidentiary hearing is scheduled July 26 for the projects in Preble County. The Preble solar projects could come up for the state board’s consideration before the end of the year, according to Schilling. State approval is required of energy projects that produce 50 or more megawatts. By comparison, the village of Yellow Springs’ solar array sits on a little more than 6 acres and is designed to produce 1 megawatt of power. Ohio House Bill 6 has passed the Ohio House of Representatives and could come up for a Senate vote this week. If the bill becomes law, electric rates for Ohio consumers would be raised to pay for subsidies on two nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions as well as two coal-fired plants owned by Ohio Valley Electric Corp. >> Trending: Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak jumps into crowded Democratic primary The proposed legislation also seeks to remove existing renewable energy and energy efficiency standards established since 2008. Proponents of HB 6, including Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance, say it’s needed to keep jobs from disappearing with the closure of two nuclear power plants within the next two years. Opponents, including Americans for Prosperity, say the bill is a bailout for the company operating the nuclear power plants, First Energy Solutions, which filed for bankruptcy protection last year.