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    Atlanta Braves (77-52, first in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (67-60, third in the NL East) Flushing, Queens; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.09 ERA) Mets: Jacob deGrom (8-7, 2.61 ERA) LINE: Mets -179; over/under is 7 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Mike Soroka. Soroka went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits with five strikeouts against Miami. The Mets are 30-27 against NL East opponents. New York hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .325 this season, led by Jeff McNeil with a mark of .400. The Braves are 35-21 against the rest of their division. Atlanta has slugged .460, good for second in the majors. Freddie Freeman leads the team with a .575 slugging percentage, including 64 extra-base hits and 34 home runs. TOP PERFORMERS: Pete Alonso leads the Mets with 40 home runs and is slugging .595. Amed Rosario is 19-for-47 with four doubles, a triple and six RBIs over the last 10 games for New York. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Braves with 155 hits and is batting .298. Freeman is 9-for-36 with five home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Mets: 6-4, .312 batting average, 3.62 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs Braves: 8-2, .237 batting average, 3.80 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs Mets Injuries: Marcus Stroman: (hamstring), Drew Smith: (elbow), Jacob Rhame: (elbow), Robert Gsellman: (lat), Dominic Smith: (foot), Brandon Nimmo: (neck), Yoenis Cespedes: (heels), Jeff McNeil: (hamstring), Jed Lowrie: (knee), Robinson Cano: (hamstring). Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: (elbow), Darren O'Day: (forearm), Grant Dayton: (toe), Austin Riley: (knee), Nick Markakis: (wrist), Ender Inciarte: (hamstring), Dansby Swanson: (foot), Brian McCann: (knee). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Ronald Acu a Jr. has found multiple ways to beat the Miami Marlins this year. He only wishes the season series wasn't over. 'Yeah, I definitely think it was an appropriate way and a fitting ending to the way we played the Marlins,' he said through a translator. 'But I would have much rather hit a home run against them.' Acu a hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves won their fifth straight game, finishing off the Marlins 3-2 on Thursday night. Freddie Freeman hit a tying homer in the eighth and the Braves sent Miami to its 12th road loss in a row, the longest streak in the majors this year. The NL East-leading Braves went 15-4 against the Marlins this year. Acu a hit .319 with nine homers and 18 RBIs in the season series. 'More so I just wanted to leave it on the field and walk it off,' Acu a said. 'I wanted us to get the win. I really didn't care independently about which ballplayer did it.' Adeiny Hechavarr a opened the Atlanta ninth with a double and later scored on Acu a's single off Ryne Stanek (0-3). Freeman's 34th homer, an opposite-field drive to left, came off Stanek, who lost his first decision since being acquired from Tampa Bay. Stanek threw a fastball down and away to Freeman. 'I didn't think it was that bad of a pitch,' Stanek said. 'He just put a good swing on it.' Mark Melancon (5-2) faced four batters in the ninth to earn the win. Braves starter Mike Soroka hasn't won a decision in seven straight starts. The 22-year-old All-Star was still hard to solve, allowing a single in the second and another in the sixth before Brian Anderson and Neil Walker singled in the seventh and both scored to make it 2-1 on Starlin Castro's double. Soroka, tied for the second-best ERA in the majors at 2.41, allowed no walks and struck out five in seven innings. It marked the fourth time in five starts that he's pitched that deep into a game. 'It's affirmation to me that I'm not really taking the foot off the pedal,' Soroka said. 'Staying aggressive and keeping with what's working, too.' Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara gave up Hechavarr a's RBI single in the second, and allowed three hits overall in seven innings. He held the top four batters in Atlanta's lineup - Acu a Jr., Ozzie Albies, Freeman and Josh Donaldson - to a collective 0 for 12. Alcantara took a shutout into the eighth inning of his last start against Atlanta on Aug. 10. SIGNFICANT NUMBERS Fifteen of Freeman's homers have either tied the game or given Atlanta the lead this season. ... Freeman became the first Brave since Chipper Jones in 2007 to have a season with 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. ... Atlanta improved to a season-best 25 games over .500. NICE GLOVE Marlins 1B Walker snared Rafael Ortega's liner in the second to double up Hechavarr a and prevent a runner from scoring from third. STREAK LIVES Miami has allowed a homer in 23 straight games, the fourth-longest streak in major league history and three off the mark shared by Baltimore in 2017, Seattle in 2004 and Houston in 2001. TRAINER'S ROOM Marlins: RHP Pablo L pez (right shoulder strain) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings during his most recent rehab start with Triple-A New Orleans. Manager Don Mattingly said he could return before the rosters expand in September. Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (right foot contusion) was 1 for 2 with an RBI through the first four innings of his first rehab game at Single-A Rome on Thursday. ... LF Austin Riley (right knee sprain) ran without pain before the game and will report to Rome on Friday. UP NEXT Marlins: RHP H ctor Noes (0-3, 9.39 ERA) will make his fourth start as Miami opens a three-game home series against Philadelphia. Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.09 ERA) will pitch the first game of a three-game series at the New York Mets. Foltynewicz has a 19.96 ERA and opponents are hitting .344 against him with runners in scoring position. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. has found multiple ways to beat the Miami Marlins this year. He only wishes the season series wasn't over. 'Yeah, I definitely think it was an appropriate way and a fitting ending to the way we played the Marlins,' he said through a translator. 'But I would have much rather hit a home run against them.' Acuña hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves won their fifth straight game, finishing off the Marlins 3-2 on Thursday night. Freddie Freeman hit a tying homer in the eighth and the Braves sent Miami to its 12th road loss in a row, the longest streak in the majors this year. The NL East-leading Braves went 15-4 against the Marlins this year. Acuña hit .319 with nine homers and 18 RBIs in the season series. 'More so I just wanted to leave it on the field and walk it off,' Acuña said. 'I wanted us to get the win. I really didn't care independently about which ballplayer did it.' Adeiny Hechavarría opened the Atlanta ninth with a double and later scored on Acuña's single off Ryne Stanek (0-3). Freeman's 34th homer, an opposite-field drive to left, came off Stanek, who lost his first decision since being acquired from Tampa Bay. Stanek threw a fastball down and away to Freeman. 'I didn't think it was that bad of a pitch,' Stanek said. 'He just put a good swing on it.' Mark Melancon (5-2) faced four batters in the ninth to earn the win. Braves starter Mike Soroka hasn't won a decision in seven straight starts. The 22-year-old All-Star was still hard to solve, allowing a single in the second and another in the sixth before Brian Anderson and Neil Walker singled in the seventh and both scored to make it 2-1 on Starlin Castro's double. Soroka, tied for the second-best ERA in the majors at 2.41, allowed no walks and struck out five in seven innings. It marked the fourth time in five starts that he's pitched that deep into a game. 'It's affirmation to me that I'm not really taking the foot off the pedal,' Soroka said. 'Staying aggressive and keeping with what's working, too.' Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara gave up Hechavarría's RBI single in the second, and allowed three hits overall in seven innings. He held the top four batters in Atlanta's lineup — Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies, Freeman and Josh Donaldson — to a collective 0 for 12. Alcantara took a shutout into the eighth inning of his last start against Atlanta on Aug. 10. SIGNFICANT NUMBERS Fifteen of Freeman's homers have either tied the game or given Atlanta the lead this season. ... Freeman became the first Brave since Chipper Jones in 2007 to have a season with 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored. ... Atlanta improved to a season-best 25 games over .500. NICE GLOVE Marlins 1B Walker snared Rafael Ortega's liner in the second to double up Hechavarría and prevent a runner from scoring from third. STREAK LIVES Miami has allowed a homer in 23 straight games, the fourth-longest streak in major league history and three off the mark shared by Baltimore in 2017, Seattle in 2004 and Houston in 2001. TRAINER'S ROOM Marlins: RHP Pablo López (right shoulder strain) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings during his most recent rehab start with Triple-A New Orleans. Manager Don Mattingly said he could return before the rosters expand in September. Braves: SS Dansby Swanson (right foot contusion) was 1 for 2 with an RBI through the first four innings of his first rehab game at Single-A Rome on Thursday. ... LF Austin Riley (right knee sprain) ran without pain before the game and will report to Rome on Friday. UP NEXT Marlins: RHP Héctor Noesí (0-3, 9.39 ERA) will make his fourth start as Miami opens a three-game home series against Philadelphia. Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.09 ERA) will pitch the first game of a three-game series at the New York Mets. Foltynewicz has a 19.96 ERA and opponents are hitting .344 against him with runners in scoring position. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Miami Marlins (45-80, fifth in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (76-52, first in the NL East) Atlanta; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Sandy Alcantara (4-11, 4.35 ERA) Braves: Mike Soroka (10-2, 2.41 ERA) LINE: Braves -276; over/under is 9 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Julio Teheran. Teheran pitched seven innings, surrendering zero runs on five hits with nine strikeouts against Miami. The Braves are 34-21 against the rest of their division. Atlanta has a collective on-base percentage of .333, good for third in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the team with a mark of .388. The Marlins are 18-41 against NL East Division teams. Miami ranks last in the National League in hitting with a .240 batting average. Garrett Cooper leads the team with an average of .284. The Braves won the last meeting 5-0. Julio Teheran notched his eighth victory and Adeiny Hechavarria went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs for Atlanta. Caleb Smith took his seventh loss for Miami. TOP PERFORMERS: Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Braves with 36 home runs and is batting .298. Freeman is 10-for-37 with four home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Brian Anderson leads the Marlins with 20 home runs and is batting .262. Starlin Castro is 12-for-41 with three doubles and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Miami. LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 7-3, .238 batting average, 4.19 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs Marlins: 2-8, .251 batting average, 7.21 ERA, outscored by 36 runs Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: (elbow), Darren O'Day: (forearm), Grant Dayton: (toe), Austin Riley: (knee), Nick Markakis: (wrist), Ender Inciarte: (hamstring), Dansby Swanson: (foot), Brian McCann: (knee). Marlins Injuries: Jose Urena: (back), Drew Steckenrider: (elbow), Pablo Lopez: (shoulder), Elieser Hernandez: (blister), Tayron Guerrero: (finger), Julian Fernandez: (elbow), JT Riddle: (forearm), Cesar Puello: (hip), Neil Walker: (finger), Miguel Rojas: (hamstring), Chad Wallach: (concussion). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • Julio Teheran and Ronald Acuña Jr. have flourished against the Miami Marlins this season. That success has led to continued dominance for the Braves in the NL East rivalry. Acuña and Adeiny Hechavarría each hit a two-run homer, Teheran struck out a season-high nine and the Braves beat Miami 5-0 on Wednesday night despite being held to three hits. Led by Teheran, the veteran right-hander, and Acuña, the 21-year-old slugger, the Braves are 14-4 against Miami this year after winning the 2018 season series between the NL East rivals 14-5. Teheran (8-8) combined with Sean Newcomb and Josh Tomlin for a seven-hit shutout. The right-hander allowed five hits in seven innings. He improved to 3-0 with a 0.28 ERA in five starts against Miami this season. 'When you know that you're pitching good against one team, obviously that gives you more confidence,' Teheran said. 'That's what I had coming into this game.' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Teheran 'has kind of shut us down all year.' 'We haven't had any luck with him,' Mattingly said. 'A guy like that or a situation like that kind of ends up in your head.' Acuña's shot off Caleb Smith (8-7) in the fifth cleared the center field wall. He has 16 homers against Miami in his two-year career, including nine this season. 'I think the confidence is always there,' Acuña said through a translator when asked about his success against Miami. 'As long as I'm feeling good and confident I can give my best effort. That's all I try to focus on.' Acuña's team-leading 36th homer came one night after he was hit by Elieser Hernandez's first pitch, leading to the ejection of Braves manager Brian Snitker. The first-place Braves, who had no singles or doubles, have won four straight. The last-place Marlins have dropped five in a row. Tyler Flowers and Hechavarría provided power from the bottom of the Atlanta lineup in the second. Flowers' triple over right fielder Brian Anderson drove in Josh Donaldson, who walked. Marlins rookie second baseman Isan Díaz dropped the relay throw from Anderson, robbing Miami of a possible play on Flowers at third base. Hechavarría's homer into the left field seats was his sixth of the season and first since signing with Atlanta on Friday following his release from the Mets. Smith permitted five runs on only three hits and four walks in six innings. Two walks led to runs. 'That basically sums it up right there,' he said. Smith led off the third with a double to left field for his first career extra-base hit. He then doubled down the right field line with one out in the fifth. Teheran has allowed 12 hits to pitchers this season, most in the majors. TRAINER'S ROOM Marlins: RHP Pablo López (right shoulder strain) allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings for Triple-A New Orleans against Omaha as he moved closer to a return to the rotation. He gave up eight hits and no walks. Braves: C Brian McCann was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left knee strain. C Alex Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. ... SS Dansby Swanson (foot) will start a rehab assignment with Class A Rome on Thursday. ... OF Austin Riley (knee) begins his rehab assignment with Rome on Friday. BOUNCE-BACK WIN Teheran rebounded nicely from the shortest start of his career. He lasted only 1 1/3 innings while allowing six runs in a loss to the New York Mets last Thursday. 'I know that I had a rough one and I needed to bounce back,' he said. LOSING THE LONG-BALL BATTLE The Marlins allowed a home run for the 22nd consecutive game, extending their team record. They lost despite outhitting Atlanta 7-3. Their 20 losses when having more hits than their opponent lead the majors. UP NEXT RHP Mike Soroka (10-2, 2.41 ERA) will try to protect his perfect record against Miami when the Braves and Marlins complete the three-game series Thursday night. Soroka is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins. RHP Sandy Alcantara (4-11, 4.35) is scheduled to start for Miami. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Atlanta Braves have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain. Catcher Alex Jackson was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the team's game against the Miami Marlins. McCann left Tuesday night's 5-1 win over the Marlins after the third inning due to soreness in the knee. Tests on Wednesday revealed the sprain. The 23-year-old Jackson, who has hit .224 with 25 homers at Gwinnett, is making his second appearance of the season in Atlanta. He had no hits in 10 at-bats in three games from April 8-18 when McCann was out with a strained right hamstring. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Miami Marlins (45-79, fifth in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (75-52, first in the NL East) Atlanta; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Caleb Smith (8-6, 3.63 ERA) Braves: Julio Teheran (7-8, 3.71 ERA) LINE: Braves -193; over/under is 9 runs BOTTOM LINE: Miami enters the game as losers of their last four games. The Braves are 33-21 against the rest of their division. The Atlanta offense has compiled a .263 batting average as a team this season, good for seventh in the league. Freddie Freeman leads the team with an average of .307. The Marlins are 18-40 against opponents from the NL East. Miami's team on-base percentage of .295 is last in the National League. Garrett Cooper leads the team with an OBP of .354. The Braves won the last meeting 5-1. Dallas Keuchel earned his fourth victory and Freeman went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs for Atlanta. Tyler Kinley took his first loss for Miami. TOP PERFORMERS: Freeman leads the Braves with 63 extra base hits and is slugging .576. Ronald Acuna Jr. is 12-for-39 with a double, five home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. Brian Anderson leads the Marlins with 20 home runs home runs and is slugging .475. Starlin Castro is 16-for-41 with three doubles, a home run and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for Miami. LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 7-3, .256 batting average, 4.58 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs Marlins: 2-8, .254 batting average, 7.44 ERA, outscored by 35 runs Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: (elbow), Darren O'Day: (forearm), Grant Dayton: (toe), Austin Riley: (knee), Nick Markakis: (wrist), Ender Inciarte: (hamstring), Dansby Swanson: (foot), Brian McCann: (knee). Marlins Injuries: Jose Urena: (back), Drew Steckenrider: (elbow), Pablo Lopez: (shoulder), Elieser Hernandez: (blister), Tayron Guerrero: (finger), Julian Fernandez: (elbow), JT Riddle: (forearm), Cesar Puello: (hip), Neil Walker: (finger), Miguel Rojas: (hamstring), Chad Wallach: (concussion). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • Freddie Freeman took an unintended break this past weekend. He was back at work Tuesday night. The Atlanta slugger homered twice and drove in four runs, leading the Braves past the Miami Marlins 5-1 in another testy game between the NL East rivals. After going 0-for-12 with five strikeouts during a three-game series against the Dodgers, this was more line with what the Braves expect from Freeman. 'You knew somebody was going to pay,' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. 'It was inevitable. You're not going to keep that guy down.' Freeman sent one went the opposite way into the Marlins bullpen against Elieser Hernandez in the fourth. The next inning, he went deep again with two outs to break a 1-1 tie, launching a pitch from Tyler Kinley (1-1) into the right-field seats for his 33rd homer of the season. The third Miami pitcher, Austin Brice, didn't fare any better against Freeman, giving up a two-run single in the seventh. Freeman now has 102 RBIs — the second 100-RBI season of his career. He had 109 in 2013. 'That was a long three days,' Freeman said, referring to his struggles against the Dodgers. 'I took the weekend off.' Dallas Keuchel (4-5) went six innings, limiting the Marlins to Jon Berti's third-inning homer — quite an improvement from the eight runs and 10 hits he surrendered in 3 2/3 innings at Miami on Aug. 8. The left-hander benefited from a pair of double plays and stranded six runners, four of them in scoring position. His last pitch was a high fastball that fanned Jorge Alfaro with runners at first and third. 'We had some chances,' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. 'The double-play balls hurt us more than anything else.' Hernandez plunked Atlanta star Ronald Acuña Jr. in the back with his very first pitch of the game, rekindling tensions between the teams and leading to Snitker's ejection. Last season, Jose Ureña was suspended after he drilled Acuña with a pitch. In May, then-Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman was kicked out for throwing behind Ureña. Acuña lingered in front of home plate, staring down Hernandez, before being ushered to first. When plate umpire Alan Porter warned both teams against further retaliation, Snitker popped out of the dugout and was given the heave by crew chief Mark Wegner. 'I felt like if they needed to give him a warning, they should've thrown him out of the game,' Snitker said. 'Especially in light of the past things that happened.' Mattingly said there was 'zero intent.' 'There's no reason for us to hit Acuña,' the manager said. Hernandez struck another hitter in the fourth, getting Adeiny Hechavarria on the left elbow, but the umpires took no action. Acting Braves manager Walt Weiss emerged from the dugout and could be seen asking Porter, 'What did you give the warning for?' TRAINER'S ROOM Marlins: Hernandez was lifted after four innings and 68 pitches because of a blister on his right middle finger. He was listed as day to day. ... RHP Pablo Lopez (shoulder strain) is set to throw a rehab start at Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday, which could be one of his final tuneups before a return to the rotation. Braves: C Brian McCann left the game after the third inning because of left knee soreness, another potential blow to a team already reeling from a rash of injuries. ... OF Austin Riley (knee) worked out on the field before the game and may be able to begin a rehab stint in the minors by the weekend. ... SS Dansby Swanson (foot) is set to take batting practice and run the bases before Wednesday's game, though there's still no timetable for his return. MILESTONE Keuchel recorded the 1,000th strikeout of his career when he fanned Hernandez on three pitches to start the third. The Braves lefty tossed the ball into the dugout as a souvenir, while the crowd gave him a short ovation. NET GAIN Snitker praised the Braves' decision to add protective netting all the way to the foul poles at SunTrust Park. While Major League Baseball has yet to require netting beyond the dugouts, the Braves joined a growing list of teams by announcing Monday that extra protection will go up by the end of September. 'I don't know of anybody who puts a uniform on that doesn't embrace it,' Snitker said. New Braves outfielder Billy Hamilton agreed. 'You never want to see someone get hurt at a baseball game,' he said. 'If a kid comes to his first game and gets hit, he'll never want to come to a game again.' UP NEXT Braves RHP Julio Teheran will look to bounce back from the shortest start of his career when he goes Wednesday in the second of three games between the teams. Teheran (7-8, 3.71 ERA) lasted just 1 1/3 innings against the New York Mets last Thursday, surrendering six runs. The Marlins will go with LHP Caleb Smith (8-6, 3.63), who is 1-2 with a 5.73 ERA in four career starts vs. Atlanta. ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pnewberry1963 and find his work at https://apnews.com ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Billy Hamilton feels like Christmas came early. After being let go by one of baseball's worst teams, Hamilton joined the first-place Atlanta Braves on Tuesday to help with their push for the playoffs. 'It's a great feeling,' Hamilton said in the clubhouse at SunTrust Park before the opener of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins. 'I had chills going down my body when they called me the other morning and told me I had been claimed by the Braves.' Hamilton was designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals on Friday after a dismal season for both him and the rebuilding team. He was hitting .211 with no homers and 12 RBIs. The Braves claimed Hamilton off waivers to bolster their injury-plagued roster, which is missing outfielders Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte and Austin Riley, along with shortstop Dansby Swanson. All are on the 10-day injured list, and only Riley seems close to getting back on the field. For now, Hamilton will play a role off the bench, serving as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch-runner. He had 18 stolen bases for the Royals. Hamilton will take whatever playing time he can get. 'It's like Christmas again,' he said with a smile. 'It's amazing to come here and be part of this winning organization.' Hamilton spent six seasons in Cincinnati, where he was never much of a hitter but earned significant playing time with his speed and defensive prowess. He was a five-time finalist for the Gold Glove and had four straight seasons with more than 50 stolen bases. 'You're talking about a guy with speed and a defender who can switch-hit,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. 'I think he'll be a good addition, especially late in the game when you start moving guys around to try and defend.' The Braves made it clear that Hamilton won't jump into a starting role. He is simply someone who can fill in the gaps while the team tries to work around the rash of injuries in its bid for a second straight NL East title. 'We talked to Billy about it when we signed him,' Snitker said. 'He's excited to be in a pennant race. He'll do whatever he can to help.' The 28-year-old Hamilton is eager to jump-start his career after flopping in Kansas City. He is making $4.25 million this year and has a $7.5 million mutual option for next season that includes a $1 million buyout. 'My hitting is where I want to get better, but that takes a little time. I'll have the offseason for that.' he said. 'I want to do whatever I can to help this team win. Whatever job they need me to do, I'll do it. If I have to sit out a few games and then play defense, I'll do it.' Hamilton said his immediate goal is to show enough value that he is included on the Braves' postseason roster. 'It's not a given that I will be on the playoff roster,' he said. 'My job is to come here and do what I can to be on that playoff roster.' ___ Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pnewberry1963 ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel and cited ex-infielder Luis Castillo for their alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring, officials said Tuesday. Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez said police are also actively pursuing the alleged leader of the ring, César Emilio Peralta, also known as 'César the Abuser.' Castillo - not the current Cincinnati Reds' pitcher - has not yet been arrested. 'Eighteen other people are linked to this network, including athletes and baseball players Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo,' Rodríguez said in a news conference, calling it 'the most important drug trafficking structure in the region.' He said Peralta created a complicated system of companies to hide the origins of his assets, using members of his family and social circles, 'including two sports figures in the Dominican Republic.' Rodríguez said the U.S. government and police agencies participated in the investigation. Dominican officials say a 1,050-kilogram shipment of drugs heading from South America to Puerto Rico was one of several seizures attributed to this ring. On his Instagram account, Castillo denied any ties to drugs. 'The truth is my country no longer works, my God, do you think that after making millions of dollars in Baseball I am going to dirty my hands with drugs?' the former player wrote. Castillo was a three-time All-Star, won three Gold Gloves and was a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins team that won the World Series. There was no immediate comment from Dotel, who set a record for playing on more MLB teams than any other player. The teams were: the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros and New York Mets. Right-hander Edwin Jackson broke Dotel's mark earlier this season by playing for his 14th franchise.

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  • According to many polls, Americans – especially those who say they are Democrats -- are not that fond of the Electoral College. Neither are many of the Democratic candidates for president. >> Read more trending news  With just over 14 months until the 2020 presidential election, a movement to change the way electoral votes are awarded and who will be elected president has gained some steam. The National Popular Vote Compact (NPV), which has its roots in the most contested presidential election in U.S. history, sets in state law a policy that awards all a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. Under the Electoral College system used today, 48 states have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all the state’s electoral votes to the person who gets a majority of votes in that state. The Electoral College does not take into consideration that national popular vote. Sixteen states, along with the District of Columbia, have passed the NPV agreement. They are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island. While legislation has been passed in the 16 states and the District of Columbia, the agreement would not go into effect until states with a collective 270 electoral votes — the number needed to win the presidency — agree to join. Currently, the District of Columbia and the 16 states in the agreement hold a combined total of 196 electoral votes, meaning the pact would need enough new state members to get 74 electoral votes.Supporters say the system would give the person who got the most votes country-wide the presidency he or she deserves. Opponents say states would be forced to hand over electoral votes to a candidate who did not win that state. For instance, in the 2016 election, a state such as Florida, in which President Donald Trump earned more votes, would have had to pledge its 29 electoral votes to Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, who won the national popular vote in the 2016 election. The Electoral College of today was established by the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution which replaced the method for electing the president and vice president provided in Article II, Section 1, Clause 3. Under the system, when voters cast a ballot for president, they are actually choosing members of the Electoral College, called electors, who are pledged to that presidential candidate. Following the election for president, electors then meet to choose the president. Electors almost always vote for their state’s popular vote winner, and some states have laws requiring them to do so. However, electors are not bound by federal law to vote for a specific candidate – for instance, the one who won the popular vote in their state. In 29 states and the District of Columbia, electors are bound by state law or by a pledge they sign to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote of the state they represent. Five men have won the presidency in the Electoral College while not winning the country’s popular vote: John Quincy Adams in 1824, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, Benjamin Harrison in 1888, George W. Bush in 2000 and Donald Trump in 2016. The National Popular Vote campaign goes back to Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's loss to Bush in 2000, according to The Associated Press. Gore won the popular vote but lost the election over a vote count in Florida.
  • Fans of all things Disney are in Anaheim for the D23 Expo. And news of future development for the properties at the Disney Parks around the world has already started being released. Inside the Disney Parks 'Imagining Tomorrow, Today' Pavilion at the 2019 D23 Expo visitors will be able to see what is coming next to the Disney Parks around the world. While there are a lot of cool things to share, in this post we are going to focus on the upcoming additions coming to Walt Disney World! There is an all-new Star Wars vacation experience coming to Walt Disney World!  >> Read more trending news  The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship called the Halcyon.  Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey.  Also in the pavilion is a model of the multi-year transformation of Epcot complete with new experiences, 'that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless, and more relevant.' The reinvention of Epcot will include several new additions, and the first one we learned about was a new attraction called Journey of Water which is inspired by 'Moana.' This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios film, 'Moana,' will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting. And this October, guests will be able to visualize all the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside excitement to see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot during this unprecedented period of transformation. The Disney Parks pavilion also features other upcoming Walt Disney World attractions including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom Park as well as Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios. On Sunday, August 25, we'll find out more details on these and other announcements during the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products presentation at D23 Expo 2019!
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone radiation therapy to treat a malignant tumor discovered during routine blood tests in early July, according to a statement from the court. >> Read more trending news  Ginsburg, 86, began a three-week course of radiation therapy Aug. 5 at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 'The Justice tolerated treatment well,' Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement. 'She cancelled her annual summer visit to Santa Fe, but has otherwise maintained an active schedule.' Arberg said doctors noted an abnormality during a routine blood test in early July and that a subsequent biopsy on July 31 confirmed a 'localized malignant tumor' on her pancreas. After Ginsburg underwent treatment, Arberg said, 'There is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.' 'Justice Ginsburg will continue to have periodic blood tests and scans,' she said. 'No further treatment is needed at this time.' In January, Ginsburg missed arguments in the Supreme Court for the first time since joining the court in 1993 while recovering from surgery to remove cancerous growths from her left lung. She previously underwent surgery for colorectal cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, according to the Associated Press. Ginsburg is the eldest person serving on the Supreme Court and leads its liberal wing.
  • A service is set for next week for the three members of a prominent Atlanta family killed in an apparent double murder-suicide.  Marsha Edwards, 58, and her two children, 24-year-old Christopher Edwards II and 20-year-old Erin Edwards, will be remembered during a memorial Wednesday in southwest Atlanta, according to a spokesman for the family.  The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Cascade United Methodist Church, which is at 3144 Cascade Road.  Investigators believe Marsha, the former wife of surgeon and civic leader Christoper Edwards, shot and killed the couple’s children before turning the gun on herself. Their bodies were found by police Wednesday inside her upscale Vinings townhouse after officers were asked to perform a wellness check. RELATED: Ex-wife of Atlanta Housing chairman killed 2 children, herself, police say Lots of questions remained unanswered Friday. Among them: • Who requested the wellness check? • When did the shootings take place? • What kind of gun was used? • Who is the registered owner of the gun? • What evidence prompted authorities to classify the investigation as a double murder-suicide? It could be weeks before autopsy and toxicology results shed light on those and other questions. “Dr. Edwards, his extended family and friends are in a state of grief and shock, and privacy of the family is paramount as arrangements are being made,” spokesman Jeff Dickerson said Thursday in an emailed statement. A longtime fixture in the Atlanta medical community, Edwards serves on the board of trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine and was formerly on the board of Grady Memorial Hospital. He is the chairman of the Atlanta Housing Authority board. As news of the deaths spread, condolences poured in from those who knew the family and strangers touched by the tragedy. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and her husband were among the mourners.  Erin Edwards, a Boston University student, was an intern in the mayor’s communications office last summer. Christopher Edwards II joined the Atlanta film and entertainment office in 2018 as a digital content manager.  Both were Woodward Academy graduates. They were “promising young adults and budding NABJ media professionals,” said Sarah Glover, the former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Glover said on Twitter she met the siblings at a conference in 2017.  Their mother, a medical equipment provider, was also a member of the organization, which advocates for and supports black journalists.  AJC.com has reached out to Cobb police for additional information about the deaths.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.
  • Volkswagen AG has issued a recall of 679,000 cars sold in the U.S. since 2011. >> Read more trending news  The recall deals with electrical issues where a driver could take out the key after coming to a stop, even if the car was not in park. Silicate can build up on the shift lever micro switch and cause the problem, Reuters reported. The car will show that it is in park but it is still in gear, CNET reported. The car could then roll away, according to Reuters. The recall involves the following Volkswagen models: Jetta Beetle Beetle Convertible Golf Golf SportsWagen GTI. The cars affected come from various model years, from 2011 to 2019. Dealers will turn off a micro switch, install a different switch outside of the gear lever housing and add a new circuit board, CNET reported. Owners of affected vehicles will be alerted about the issue on or after Oct. 11, according to CNET.
  • Health officials in Illinois said Friday that a person who was hospitalized with lung problems after vaping has died in what might be the first death linked to e-cigarettes and similar devices in the United States. >> Read more trending news  The Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement that the unidentified individual, who was between 17 and 38 years old, had been hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness shortly after vaping. 'The severity of illness people are experiencing is alarming and we must get the word out that using e-cigarettes and vaping can be dangerous,' Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike said Friday. In Illinois alone, health officials said at least 22 people between the ages of 17 and 38 have experienced respiratory illnesses after vaping. Officials with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived Tuesday in Illinois to help state health officials investigate, Ezike said. In a statement released Wednesday, officials with the CDC said that between June 28 and Aug. 20, nearly 150 cases of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes were reported in 15 states. Health officials continue to investigate the illnesses. According to the CDC, no specific product or compound has been linked to all of the cases and it remained unclear Friday whether the cases shared a common cause. Poison control officials have been concerned about exposure to vaping products, including e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine, in recent years due to the high concentration of nicotine when compared with other tobacco products, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Association officials said that as of July 31, poison control centers have managed 2,439 cases connected to e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine this year. Last year, officials fielded 2,470 such cases, according to figures from the association.