Atlanta is 1 1/2 games back of the Nationals for first place in the National League East.
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
The Atlanta Braves eye a rebound effort this weekend against the San Diego Padres, a process they aim to get started on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series.
The Braves won the final three contests of a four-game series with the visiting Padres last weekend, but then went on to get swept in three games by the Los Angeles Dodgers. That put Atlanta 1 1/2 games back of the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East.
The club did make a move prior to Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline, sending catching prospect Victor Caratini to the Chicago Cubs for left-handed reliever James Russell and utilityman Emilio Bonifacio.
Blockbusters dominate wild deadline day
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Well, so much for a slow deadline day.
The Oakland Athletics started the day with a blockbuster that seemingly would have been hard to top, as they picked up left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from Boston for slugger Yoenis Cespedes.
But then the Detroit Tigers responded with an even bigger deal just before the deadline, picking up lefty David Price from Tampa Bay as part of a three-team megadeal with the Seattle Mariners.