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NL East Preview: The Nationals against the Field

No big surprise who’s picked to win this division this year. After the last few years of the Phillies, Braves and Nationals rotating at the top of this division, the Nationals are coming off a 96-win season and a division title and it looks like they aren’t going away anytime soon. 722 more words

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Weekend major roster moves

The Atlanta Braves released left-handed relief pitcher James Russell who came into camp after avoiding arbitration with a $2.425 million contract. Russell was competing for a rotation spot but was also expected to compete as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen. 315 more words

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Spring Training: Braves fall to Pirates, 4-2

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The Braves came up short in a 4-2 loss to the Pirates on Sunday afternoon. Jung Ho Kang belted a two-run homer in the ninth to send Pittsburgh to victory. 309 more words

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Henderson Alvarez Named Marlins' Opening Day Starter

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VIERA (CBSMiami/AP) — The Miami Marlins look to have one of the stronger pitching staff’s in the National League this season, and the team has finally decided who will get the first start of the year. 184 more words

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Braves release left-hander James Russell

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that the Braves have released left-hander James Russell.

Russell had an impressive 2.97 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 57 2/3 innings last season between the Cubs and Braves, but he was the odd man out for an Opening Day bullpen spot this spring with Atlanta. 40 more words

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada rusty in return; rookies Roberto Osuna, Miguel Castro have rocky outings

DUNEDIN, Fla. – Marco Estrada felt a tad peculiar on the mound. And for the first time this spring, Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro felt vulnerable. 491 more words

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