Mets’ errors help Braves win (The SportsXchange)

After completing an 8-3 road trip with a four-game sweep in Philadelphia, the Atlanta Braves were hoping to turn around their recent misfortunes at Turner Field. Thanks to the New York Mets' late-game fielding woes, the Braves are off to a good start. Atlanta took advantage of three errors and scored four times in the eighth inning to defeat the Mets 5-3 on Monday night before a crowd of 28,075. The victory was just the Braves' sixth in their past 16 home games, but kept them in first place in the National League East by a half game over Washington.

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Braves take advantage of Mets’ miscues for 5-3 win (The Associated Press)

Fredi Gonzalez says if you keep putting the ball in play, good things can happen. The good things for Gonzalez's Braves on Monday night were a barrage of Mets errors which handed Atlanta the win. Three errors by New York fueled Atlanta's comeback as the Braves scored four runs in the eighth and beat the Mets 5-3 for their fifth straight win. ''It's the perfect example of putting the ball in play.'' The error-prone Mets wouldn't let the Braves give up.

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MLB roundup: Machado’s five-game ban upheld (The SportsXchange)

Manny Machado's five-game suspension for a bat-throwing incident earlier this month was upheld Monday, and the Baltimore Orioles third baseman started serving the punishment immediately. Machado last week appealed the suspension of the June 8 incident that happened against Oakland. The hearing took place in Baltimore, and the Orioles were hoping some of it would be taken off. "It was very disappointing for me," Machado said.

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Former Mets GM Frank Cashen dies at 88 (The Associated Press)

Frank Cashen, the general manager who wore a signature bow tie and fashioned a New York Mets team that rollicked its way to the 1986 World Series championship, died Monday. He died at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland, after a short illness, the Mets said. Cashen was a longtime sports writer in his Baltimore hometown and went to law school before joining the Orioles and eventually becoming their GM. The Orioles won two titles while Cashen worked for them, but it was in New York where he put his stamp on a franchise with the likes of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden.

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Mets 3B Wright to miss Braves series, no DL (The Associated Press)

Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday there is ''zero'' thought of placing David Wright on the disabled list even though the third baseman will remain in New York and miss the three-game series with the Braves. Wright, who has a bruised left rotator cuff, had a follow-up examination in New York on Monday. Collins said he hopes Wright will be ready to play on Friday, when the Mets open a weekend home series against Texas. ''He's going to meet us in New York on Friday and be ready to go then.

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Mets-Braves Preview (The Associated Press)

A successful stretch has Atlanta back in control of the NL East, but the Braves will likely need better performances at home to hang on to first place. A series with the scuffling New York Mets, who won't have David Wright available again Monday night, could give them a prime opportunity to change their recent fortunes at Turner Field. Atlanta (44-38) moved a half-game in front of Washington in the division with its sixth win in seven games Sunday, 3-2 in Philadelphia. Powered by a four-game sweep of the Phillies, the Braves claimed sole possession of first place for the first time since June 20.

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Diamondbacks-Pirates Preview (The Associated Press)

Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen leads the NL in walks. Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt may soon have that distinction the way teams are pitching to him. McCutchen will return to the lineup Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, where Goldschmidt is looking to break out of a slump in the opener of a three-game series. Manager Clint Hurdle gave McCutchen a scheduled day off Sunday as the Pirates (42-40) won for the seventh time in nine games, 5-2 over the New York Mets.

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Former Mets GM Cashen dies (The SportsXchange)

Former New York Mets general manager Frank Cashen died on Monday. Cashen served as the Mets' GM from 1980-91 and put together the team that won the 1986 World Series. After being a perennial loser, the Mets had the best record in Major League Baseball during Cashen's last eight seasons as GM. "On behalf of all of us at the Mets, we extend our deepest condolences to Jean Cashen and her entire family," Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon said in a statement.

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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday’s MLB games (Reuters)

(Adds later game) June 29 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League baseball games - - - - Dodgers 6, Cardinals 0 Clayton Kershaw struck out 13 in a five-hit shutout and Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a romp over the St. Louis Cardinals. The win allowed the Dodgers (47-37) to catch the San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West. - - Mariners 3, Indians 0 Felix Hernandez continued his string of dominant starts while Robinson Cano hit a sixth-inning home run to lead the Mariners to victory. ...

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Athletics-Tigers Preview (The Associated Press)

The Detroit Tigers own the second-best record in the AL against left-handed starters even though Scott Kazmir cruised past them about a month ago. The Tigers are 15-8 when opponents start a left-hander, second only to the Athletics' 16-8 mark. Kazmir (9-3, 2.66 ERA) posted the second complete game of his career May 28, striking out eight and allowing six hits in a 3-1 victory over Detroit (44-34) that started a four-game win streak. He had posted a 1.27 ERA in a five-start span beginning with that outing against the Tigers, but surrendered a season-high seven runs over three innings in a 10-1 loss to the New York Mets last Tuesday.

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