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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Moving on: Braves go straight to 14th, Flaherty returns

Here’s a look at what’s happening around baseball today:

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home away from home

Dansby Swanson and the Braves go for their 14th straight win as they end a series in Washington. The longest winning streak in the Majors this season is Atlanta’s best stretch as the team won 14 games in a row from July 26 to August 9, 2013.

“It’s a good feeling,” said rookie outfielder Michael Harris II. “You think you’re on top of the world honestly. Keep winning every night.”

Atlanta hit back-to-back homers Tuesday night for the third game in a row, this time doing it twice. Travis D’Arnaud and Marcel Ozuna went deep in the third inning, and Orlando Arcia and Harris followed in the sixth.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in the expansion era (since 1961) the Braves have scored back-to-back home runs in three consecutive games.

Swanson is also engaged and has been home in five straight games at National Park last season, dating back to August 13. It is the longest home run streak by any player in the ballpark’s 15-year history. He has 11 career home runs there.

Atlanta has won a franchise-record 10 consecutive games at National Park – the last eight in 2021 and the first two of this season. Overall, the Braves have won 17 of their last 20 in Washington.

make your pitch

Rays starter Shane McClanahan (7-2, 1.87 ERA) and fellow New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortés (5-2, 1.96) closed in on a surprise opening-season performance from Cy Young Award contenders.

McClanahan scored a career-high eight innings on his previous debut against St. Louis, allowing only one unearned run in a 2–1 victory – he says he has never played nine innings at any level. Cortés stumbled last time against Minnesota, dropping two homers for the first time this season, while conceding four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson returns from his one-game suspension to comment on White Sox star Tim Anderson about Jackie Robinson. Donaldson’s comments to Anderson were called racist by Chicago manager Tony La Russa.

New York won the first of the series between AL East rivals 2-0 on Tuesday night, taking the best record in the Majors to 45-16 for their fifth consecutive win.

jack’s back

Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty made his first of the season in the series finale against Pittsburgh, which has lost nine in a row.

Flaherty was scheduled for his third minor league rehab starting Wednesday but would face the Pirates in a surprise decision instead. St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said Flaherty would be held on about 60 pitches.

Flaherty had a platelet-rich plasma injection into his shoulder in early March to combat inflammation in his shoulder. He has been influential in two minor league appearances, starting at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, making only one run in a total of seven innings.

Flaherty, 26, has a career record of 32-24 with a 3.34 ERA. He went 9-2 last season with an ERA of 3.22, before a shoulder injury shortened his season.

His return came a night after teammate Miles Mikolas came within a strike of St. Louis’ first no-hitter in 21 years. Mikolas didn’t miss a hit until Cal Mitchell doubled on a 2–2 curveball with two outs in the ninth inning during the second game of a doubleheader sweep for the Cardinals.

sick weapon

Many top starters around the big companies will be sidelined for some time.

The team announced on Tuesday that left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu of Toronto will miss the rest of the season due to a ligament damage in his elbow. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the best-case scenario would be a return of Ryu in the second half of 2023.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler had bone spurs from his right elbow unrelated to the flexor strain that sidelined him.

Buehler said Tuesday he had arthroscopic surgery the day before. She did it now because it doesn’t affect the rest and rehab timeline for stress. The right-handed batsman is expected to be out for 10 to 12 weeks, which means it could be September before he returns.

Asked how confident he is about returning this season, Buehler said, “As confident as you can be.”

And the Washington Nationals put Stephen Strasberg on a 15-day injured list with a stress reaction to the ribs.

Strasbourg has made a debut this season, his first since surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last summer. He felt restless after the bullpen session and had an MRI on Monday.

The 33-year-old right-hander will look to be a specialist and there is no time limit for his return. National manager Dave Martinez said the immediate plan for Strasbourg is rest.

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