At­lanta Braves

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Bran­don Phillips left the Braves to join a pen­nant race, but the de­ci­sion wasn’t as sim­ple as it seems. The veteran in­fielder is a Ge­or­gia na­tive, and he loved be­ing able to stay home and play for the Braves this sea­son.

Still, with a chance to spend the last month of the sea­son try­ing to help the Los An­ge­les Angels fight for an Amer­i­can League wild-card spot, Phillips said yes to a trade that sent mi­nor league catcher

Tony Sanchez to the Braves. “I let my fam­ily make the de­ci­sion for me,” Phillips said. “I didn’t want to leave my fam­ily. It was fun play­ing for the Braves. Hope­fully I can come back next year or what­ever is in the fu­ture for me.”

The Braves are re­build­ing, and Phillips al­ready had to make way at sec­ond base when the Braves deemed prospect Ozzie Al­bies ready for his big-league chance. Phillips moved to third base, but by trad­ing him now they can watch young­sters Jo­han Ca

margo and Rio Ruiz play there in Septem­ber.

“Bran­don did a tremen­dous job for us all year and is some­body we will strongly con­sider this off­sea­son,” Braves gen­eral man­ager

John Cop­polella said. Need­ing a starter be­cause a dou­ble­header left them short, the Braves gave a first ma­jor league start to 23-year-old left-han­der

Max Fried, who came to the Braves in the De­cem­ber 2014 trade that sent Justin Up­ton to the San Diego Padres. Fried got the win Sun­day against the Chicago Cubs, giv­ing up one run in five in­nings.

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