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Stanton 13th OF on ASG ballot; Ozuna makes push
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Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is the only Marlin among the leading vote-getters for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in the latest National League ballot update released on Wednesday.

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Koehler out to contain Twins in Minnesota finale
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Ervin Santana will try to get back on track after a rough couple of outings when the Twins go for a three-game series sweep of the Marlins on Thursday night at Target Field.

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Chen, 'pen can't hold it after Marlins rally from 4 down
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Trevor Plouffe hit one of three Twins homers before delivering a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning to help Minnesota to a 7-5 win over Miami on Wednesday night at Target Field.

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Braves deal K. Johnson to Mets … again
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When Kelly Johnson re-signed with the Braves this past winter, the popular joke was that he would be traded back to the Mets again before this year’s Trade Deadline. This proved to be true, but the transaction occurred a little earlier than initially anticipated.

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Phillies need boost in All-Star voting
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It looks like Phillies players will need a significant voting boost to make the National League All-Star team. They continued to be shut out among the league leaders in votes at every position in the second 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot released on Wednesday.

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Braves' Perez hopeful for minimum DL stay
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Williams Perez remains hopeful that he is not dealing with a significant shoulder injury. But because he has continued to feel some discomfort that would have certainly prevented him from making his next start on Sunday, the Braves right-hander will spend at least the next two weeks resting and rehabbing.

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Norris tasked with slowing NL-leading Cubs
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The Cubs will look to continue a strong stretch of starting pitching when they open a weekend series in Atlanta on Friday behind Jason Hammel. Bud Norris will take the hill for the Braves at Turner Field.

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Markakis making push for Braves' All-Star nod
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Though the Braves do not yet have a clear-cut All-Star candidate, Nick Markakis has started to show signs he could spend the remainder of this month enhancing his candidacy.

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Two-way Teheran leads Braves past Padres
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Julio Teheran kept the Padres off-balance Wednesday afternoon, as the right-hander led the Braves to a 4-2 victory, snapping Atlanta’s five-game losing streak and its 12-game skid at Petco Park.

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Velasquez suffers strained right biceps
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The Phillies always loved Vince Velasquez’s talent and potential, but they also had concerns about his durability. Those concerns popped up Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, as Velasquez left the game after throwing just two pitches vs. the Cubs.

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Phillies Phestival for ALS set for Thursday
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The Phillies are hosting their biggest event of the year on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. Their annual Phillies Phestival benefits The ALS Association.

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Hellickson, Phils to begin set in nation's capital
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Jeremy Hellickson has been the solid veteran the Phillies needed him to be in their rotation this season. He enters Friday night’s series opener against the Nationals at Nationals Park at 4-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 12 starts this season.

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