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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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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

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With a new season about to begin, CSNmidatlantic.com has identified 10 of the most eye-popping and artery-clogging foods available around Major League Baseball in 2017. To see them, simply click on the link above or below to open our gallery (no fork and knife necessary).

After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

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Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. 

Scherzer has been the team's starter on opening day for the past two seasons, but a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger caused him to miss the start of spring training, and the World Baseball Classic. 

Scherzer did, however, make his first MLB spring training start of 2017 on Wednesday. The 2016 NL Cy Young award winner allowed two earned runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He added four strikeouts and one walk, and reportedly looked just like you would expect from Max Scherzer. 

"To be out there competing, throwing all my pitches, throwing them for strikes, that's a great first outing," Scherzer told Eddie Matz of ESPN after the game. "Finger's good. Finger feels like a finger. I'm getting through that injury. It's behind me now."

With Scherzer set to open the season as the third starter in the rotation, that likely means that Stephen Strasburg will start on opening day against the Miami Marlins, and Tanner Roark will slot in behind him. 

While it's nice to have your ace pitcher starting on opening day, it's not a huge deal to have Scherzer start the season third in the rotation, especially because the Nationals starting rotation is the strength of the team

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