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Streaking Braves send Pirates to 7th straight loss
Justin Upton
Justin Upton homered and drove in five runs for Atlanta.
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The way the Braves have been hitting, the Pirates needed a lot more than the return of Andrew McCutchen to slow them down.

Justin Upton homered and drove in five runs to highlight Atlanta's fifth straight win, an 11-3 drubbing that sent Pittsburgh to a seventh consecutive loss.

Jason Heyward added two hits and three RBI and Evan Gattis hit a solo homer for the Braves, who have scored 33 runs during their winning streak.  Full Story

So how are those deadline deals working out?
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers were declared the winners at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

It was pretty much a fait accompli that these two teams would be the last two standing come American League Championship Series time.

And why not?

The A's, who at the time owned baseball's best record, picked up ace left- hander Jon Lester from Boston after having already traded for righties Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in a deal with Chicago, while Detroit shored up an already dominant rotation with the acquisition of former American League Cy Young Award winner David Price.  Full Story

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