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USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL EAST -

Nick Markakis, Braves

Braves man­ager Brian Snitker lov­ingly refers to Markakis as a “bor­ing pro,” but the 34-year-old is earn­ing some at­ten­tion on the way to what could be a ca­reer-best sea­son. Not only did Markakis make the All-Star team for the first time in his 13-year big-league ca­reer; he also led Na­tional League out­field­ers with 3.5 mil­lion votes. Markakis’ 113 hits through July 8 led the league.

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