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UPDATED: Nats getting Papelbon for minor-leaguer Pivetta

Updated at 8:20 p.m.

For the second time in two years, the Nationals decided to bolster their bullpen by acquiring an experienced closer who likely will bump Drew Storen from his once-secure role pitching the ninth inning. 496 more words

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Around the NL East: Are Mets moves enough to catch Nats?

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The Braves continued their plan to acquire young pitching, trading veterans Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets in exchange for minor league arms John Gant and Rob Whalen. 625 more words

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Around the NL East: Division gearing up for busy trade deadline

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We’re a week away from the non-waiver trade deadline, and we still don’t know who the Braves might ship in a deal. There have been rumors that it could be infielders Chris Johnson, Juan Uribe or reliever Jim Johnson. 519 more words

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Around the NL East: Mets don't look like they're going away

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The Braves headed into the All-Star break reeling on multiple fronts. For one, they were swept in a four-game series in Colorado, dropping their record to a season worst five games below .500 at 42-47. 421 more words

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Around the NL East: Should the Mets make a big deadline splash?

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As the trade deadline approaches, are the Braves buyers or sellers? What if they’re both? It appears that assistant GM John Coppolella might be trying to tow the line between trying to make the club immediately better while also building for the future. 525 more words

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Around the NL East: Phillies hire MacPhail to help rebuild effort

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Remember when the Braves used to own the Nationals? Not so much anymore these days, as Atlanta had lost nine straight games vs. Washington prior to Wednesday night’s 4-1 victory over its division rival. 624 more words

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Desmond showing signs of breaking out of slump

PHILADELPHIA — Ian Desmond wasn’t going to get too excited over a couple of strong days at the plate, even if they included a monstrous home run and several more quality at-bats. 450 more words

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