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Braves acquire Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in exchange for two minor leaguers

Braves acquire Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in exchange for two minor leaguers

The Atlanta Braves have acquired Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in exchange for a pair of minor league pitchers, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.  

If you remember back to last year, Phillips used his no-trade clause to reject a trade to the Nationals. The Nationals are probably pretty happy with Daniel Murphy at second base instead. 

The Braves, though, were in need of a second baseman after presumed starter Sean Rodriguez injured his shoulder in a car accident last week. That injury will require surgery and will sideline Rodriguez for three to five months. 

In Phillips, who waived his no-trade clause to be sent to Atlanta, the Braves get a veteran player who was a three-time all star with Cincinnati. Although the 15-year veteran is getting up there in a age, Phillips still put up solid numbers last year as he posted a .291 average with 34 doubles, 11 homers and 64 RBI. 

Atlanta begins play at the brand new Sun Trust Park this year and has several established, veteran players in the lineup with the likes of Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp, Nick Markakis and Phillips. Add in young studs Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte and the Braves could be a team that gives the Nationals much stiffer competition than they have the last few years. 

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Trea Turner hits for the cycle despite freezing Colorado temperature

Trea Turner hits for the cycle despite freezing Colorado temperature

DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner has hit for the third cycle in Washington Nationals history against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Turner also has a career-high seven RBIs on a cold night in the Mile High City.

He had a single in the first, a two-run double in the second, a two-run homer in the sixth and a bases-loaded triple in the seventh.

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The field temperature was a balmy 37 degrees when Turner recorded the final part of his cycle in the seventh inning.

It was the first cycle by the Nationals since Cristian Guzman on Aug. 28, 2008.

Overall, this was the ninth cycle in Expos/Nationals history.

In addition, Turner's seven RBIs are tied for the second-most in a single game in Nationals history.

The Nationals hung on to beat the Rockies 15-12 after giving up seven runs in the final three innings.

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Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

If you've understandably been caught up with the Capitals and Wizards in their respective playoff series, you might not be aware of just how hot Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is right now. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival Mets in New York, Harper was named National League Player of the Week. 

For the whole week, Harper hit .550 (11-for-20) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and 10 runs scored. 

He is now leading all of baseball in batting average (.400), he's tied for second in homers (7), and he's alone in second in RBI (20). He's also amassed a blistering 1.340 OPS through the team's first 18 games. 

Harper's biggest game of the past week came in Atlanta when he went yard twice, with his second homer being a grand slam. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, one double, five RBI, one walk and four runs scored. 

With Harper's injuries from last season behind him (even though he won't completely admit to being hurt), the Nationals' right fielder is back to, or even better than, his 2015 form that ended with his first career MVP award. During that season Harper took home player of the week honors three times. 

The Nationals as a team have the best record in baseball at 13-5, and already have a three-game lead in the NL East. 

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