At­lanta Braves

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Ozzie Al­bies

Sec­ond base­man

has been lead­ing the Na­tional League in ex­tra-base hits, and the 21-year-old from Cu­ra­cao is mak­ing his­tory with the pace he has been on.

Al­bies joined Hank Aaron and Dar­rell Evans as the only Braves to col­lect 50 ex­tra-base hits be­fore the All-Star break.

Al­bies is in his first full sea­son in the ma­jor leagues. Aaron al­ready was in his sixth sea­son when he had 53 ex­tra-base hits at the All-Star break in 1959. Evans had spent parts of four sea­sons in the big leagues be­fore he had 51 ex­tra-base hits at the break in 1973.

❚ The Braves failed to sign right-han­der Carter Ste­wart, whom they chose with the eighth over­all pick in the June draft. MLB.com re­ported that the two sides were far apart in ne­go­ti­a­tions, ap­par­ently be­cause the Braves were un­com­fort­able with what a phys­i­cal exam showed about Ste­wart’s right wrist.

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Wash­ing­ton’s Mark Reynolds hit a walk-off home run against Mi­ami. The fol­low­ing night he drove in 10 runs to tie a club record.

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