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MIAMI (AP) -- Juan Francisco homered and drove in three runs, helping the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 7-1 Wednesday after the downsizing Marlins jettisoned yet another star player by trading Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward also homered to back Tommy Hanson (11-5), who pitched around a career-high seven walks and allowed one run and three hits in five innings.
Ricky Nolasco (8-9) gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, dropping to 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA against the Braves this season.
A Marlins Park-record crowd of 36,711 watched the home team steal seven bases, the most in the major leagues this season and the high for the team since 2002. Jose Reyes and Donovan Solano each had two stolen bases as the Marlins were caught just once.
Miami, which has traded Anibal Sanchez and Ramirez this week, appears to be embarking on its third fire sale of stars, following sellouts in 1997 and 2003. The Marlins were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Justin Ruggiano's second double of the game gave Miami a 1-0 lead in the third.
Freddie Freeman hit a tying single in the fourth and Francisco followed with a drive into the right-field upper deck estimated at 435 feet.
Bourn's two-run homer made it 5-1 in the fifth, and Francisco's RBI single chased Nolasco.
Heyward hit his 15th homer of the year, an eighth-inning drive off Wade LeBlanc.
NOTES: A crowd of 36,601 witnessed the first game at Marlins Park on April 4 against St. Louis. ... Miami batters tied their season high with 14 strikeouts, including four by Brett Hayes. ... Francisco came into the game hitting .222 (4 for 18) in July. ... RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.15 ERA), acquired from Dodgers, will start Saturday against San Diego as LeBlanc remains in the bullpen. ... Both teams are off on Thursday with Braves RHP Ben Sheets (2-0, 0.00 ERA) pitching the series opener Friday against Philadelphia. Marlins RHP Carlos Zambrano (5-8, 4.42 ERA) will face Padres RHP Kip Wells (1-3, 4.00 ERA).
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Second baseman Dan Uggla was hit by a pitch Tuesday in what he called the best spot: his head. The seventh-inning pitch clocked him on the ear flap of his batting helmet, and the red area behind his left ear was visible when he took the field in the bottom of the inning.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez wisely kept Uggla out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's day game. Whether Uggla...
I have to hand it to my boss. He apparently keeps the hours of an insomniac. Eric Schmidt broke the Hanley Ramirez story on our network before most people were done dreaming about winning the lottery. Leave it to the boss to show the rest of us how it was done. I had planned on breaking the story to you, but instead I will simply provide some analysis of this transaction...
The Braves aren't waiting around for Cubs RHP Ryan Dempster
Atlanta Braves General Manager, Frank Wren, told a local sports talk radio station this morning that his team has “moved on” from the Ryan Dempster deal. In an interview on 680 The Fan in Atlanta, Wren said the parameters for the deal “expired yesterday”.
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COMING TO LA
The Dodgers reportedly pulled the trigger on a major deal that would land them Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins.
When I was making this GIF, I thought that this looked awfully familiar. Sure enough, Martin Prado did this exact same thing a while back, and I made a GIF of it then too. #Barves
Yes. More of these pictures, please. (A girl took this - you can tell!)
I just realized I pretty much only do these posts full of news service photos when the Braves are out of town. Am I *that* bored with no games to attend? Apparently I am. :) Let's look at some more from Miami...
MIAMI, FL - JULY 23: Mike Minor #36 of the Atlanta Braves pitches during a game...
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In the above clip (shared by Jimmy Traina), Marlins reliever Heath Bell is seen holding a USA Today page that...
The next piece has fallen. The Miami Marlins have agreed to trade SS/3B Hanley Ramirez and RP Randy Choate to the Los Angeles Dodgers for SP Nathan Eovaldi and RP Scott McGough. This trade was finalized in the early hours Wednesday morning and came to a surprise to me, and many others.
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The way things are going right now, I'm a bit surprised someone hasn't been traded in the middle of their tater trot so far this week. Let's get right to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Jose Reyes, Miami Marlins - 23.04 seconds [video]
This spot rightfully belongs to Adam Dunn, who hit his 30th home run last night to tie the game up late, or Zack Greinke, who...
The Dodgers have acquired SS/3B Hanley Ramirez and LHP Randy Choate for RHP Nathan Eovaldi and RHP Scott McGough.