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Atlanta Braves

Finally, the Braves were done with their grueling stretch to begin the second half that included a pair of series versus the Diamondbacks and a series each against the Cubs and Dodgers. Atlanta had survived, though, and headed to Philadelphia for a four-game set looking to get back to .500.

However, the lowly Phillies have been trouble for the Braves this season, winning five of their seven games, and they came into Friday’s matchup winners if six of their last ten. Atlanta sent Julio Teheran out to the mound to face Jake Thompson, who was named the starter at the last minute after Jeremy Hellickson was pulled because of apparent trade rumors.

It had all the makings of a Braves win, which is what made it a Phillies blowout. Atlanta was not able to take advantage of RISP early on, and it would come back to bite them, when Philadelphia lit up Julio Teheran for a seventh run fifth inning that included three home runs. Teheran’s main issue this season has been the long ball, and those three bombs put him just one shy of leading the league in home runs allowed.

Atlanta, meanwhile, put together no offense against Thompson, who went five scoreless innings. The bats would come alive in the later innings, like they seemingly always do. Kurt Suzuki homered again. He has hit a scoriching .389 with 7 homers and 12 RBIs in just nine games in July. Sean Rodriguez also added a solo shot, but it would not be enough as the Braves fell again to the Phillies, 10-3.

Atlanta Falcons

Falcons training camp is well under way now, and the excitement around Flowery Branch is brewing. Take a look here at three things you should be watching for as Atlanta begins to prepare to defend it’s NFC crown.

Also, take a look at what offenses are going to have to deal with right in their faces all season long.

Although, all news is not good for the Falcons. Last year’s seventh-round pick, Devin Fuller, tore his ACL this morning.

Fuller has exciting playmaking ability for a seventh-round selection, and it is extremely unfortunate to see him go down like this again so early. The Falcons still have an abundance of receiving depth, but this is a huge blow to a young man’s career. We wish him the best and a speedy recovery!

Atlanta United

Atlanta United will attempt to end their time at Bobby Dodd Stadium on a six game home win streak this evening when they play their second straight match up against Orlando City.

The first meeting was decided by a screamer from Tito Villalba in the last few minutes of the game. Since then, Orlando City made one of the biggest transfers in MLS history and added Dom Dwyer. That being said, the trio of Cyle Larin, Dom Dwyer, and Kaka will keep the Five Stripes hands full today.

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