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who lead the National League East, for a three-game series at Busch Stadium starting Friday.

And Atlanta (45-34) will be a stronger team offensively for the series. Prized rookie outfielder Ronald Acuna will be activated off the 10-day disabled list for Friday night’s game and should slot right into the lineup.

The 21-year-old Acuna, who missed a month with a right knee injury suffered on May 27 in Boston, hit .265 with five homers and 13 RBIs in his first 117 big league at-bats. Acuna recorded a solid .779 OPS, although his 10 walks and 37 strikeouts suggests he needs to gain a bit more control of the strike zone.

Acuna’s return at least tempers worries about the status of center fielder Ender Inciarte, who left Wednesday’s 6-5 loss to Cincinnati when he felt discomfort near his left oblique. Should Inciarte have to miss any time, Acuna could bat near the top of the lineup.

The Braves missed a chance to extend their division lead during a six-game homestand against two last-place teams. They lost two of three to Baltimore, which has the worst record in baseball, and dropped two of three to Cincinnati, which isn’t playing like a last-place team at the moment with nine wins in 10 games.

“We didn’t play up to our capabilities 100 percent,” Atlanta starting pitcher Sean Newcomb said to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “You’re not going to every day. I know we’re going to come back out at St. Louis and be pretty strong, pitching and offensively.”

The Braves will have to be strong to deal with Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas (8-2 http://www.denverbroncosteamonline.com/dalton-risner-jersey , 2.69 ERA), who has been one of baseball’s best free-agent finds this year. Signed after three successful years in Japan, Mikolas has put together an All-Star resume with St. Louis.

He is coming off a 3-2 win Saturday in Milwaukee, giving up only three hits and two runs to the NL Central leaders in a 6 2/3-inning effort. Mikolas walked two and fanned five, giving him 71 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 97 innings.

Mikolas has faced Atlanta just once in his career, throwing two shutout innings in relief six years ago when he pitched for San Diego.

Julio Teheran (5-5, 4.52) will continue a season-long search for consistency as he starts for the Braves. After tossing six no-hit innings on June 17 in a win over San Diego, Teheran was belted around Saturday for seven runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings of a 7-5 loss to Baltimore.

The veteran right-hander has made five career starts against the Cardinals, going 1-3 with a 3.86 earned run average. Two players who have hurt him are Matt Carpenter, who is 6-for-12 with two homers, and Marcell Ozuna, who is batting .405 with three homers in 42 career at-bats against Teheran.

St. Louis (42-37) had a four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday with a 5-1 loss to Cleveland.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills general manager Brandon Beane doesn’t believe in having too many offensive linemen.Buffalo’s backfield also got a little more crowded.A day after addressing the team’s biggest need by selecting defensive tackle Ed Oliver in the first round Drew Lock Jersey , Buffalo traded up two spots in the second round to draft Oklahoma offensive lineman Cody Ford 38th overall on Friday.The Bills added youth to an aging backfield, which includes LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore, by choosing Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary with the 74th pick.Buffalo then completed its second trade by moving back into the third round to select Mississippi tight end Dawson Knox with the 96th pick. The Bills gave up their two fourth-round selections, 112th and 131st overall, in a trade with Washington.If there was a major theme to Buffalo’s offseason, it was a continued effort to overhaul what had been a patchwork offensive line last year.Ford’s addition comes after the Bills signed six veteran linemen in free agency over the past two months, and he increases Buffalo’s number of linemen to a whopping 14.“We believe in winning up front. and there were frustrating times when some of the games we didn’t win last year, I think it came down to losing the battle up front,” Beane said.“I said, if nothing else this year, we’re going to fix that,” he added. “There was an effort to fix a lot of that in free agency. But we also wanted to add youth.”The Bills were so high on Ford, who will be given a chance to compete for the starting job at right tackle http://www.denverbroncosteamonline.com/dre_mont-jones-jersey , they dealt their second of two fifth-round draft picks — 158th overall — to move up two spots in a trade with the Oakland Raiders to select him.Listed at 6-foot-3 and 329 pounds, Ford earned first-team Big 12 honors with 14 starts at right tackle as a junior last season. He also has experience playing guard.Ford was initially projected to be a first-round selection and was still in Nashville, Tennessee, where the draft was held. He was watching the draft on television in his hotel room when his name was called.Though disappointed, Ford put a positive spin on having to wait an extra day.“You never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “This situation could be better than any situation in the first round.”After playing just three games before breaking his left leg in 2016, Ford returned to start 12 games at left guard in 2017. Last year, he was credited with a team-best 127 knockdowns while allowing just two sacks.“He had to overcome a ton here at OU,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said in a release issued by the school. “He’s one of the nastiest offensive linemen I’ve ever coached, and I think he was probably the most dominant tackle in the country last year.”Buffalo closes the draft with four picks over the final for rounds on Saturday when the Bills are expected to address depth needs at linebacker and receiver, and special teams units.Running back wasn’t considered a major need either after the Bills signed Gore last month and T.J. Yeldon on Monday. However, Beane noted the 21-year-old Singletary adds an element of youth to a backfield with Gore set to turn 36 and McCoy 31 by the start of next season.Beane also made clear Singletary’s addition does in no way jeopardize McCoy’s status as the team’s workhorse.“LeSean McCoy is still here before you ask that question,” Beane said. “He’s still the starter.”In the 5-foot-7 T.J. Hockenson Jersey , 203-pound Singletary, the Bills added a dynamic, but undersized player whom Beane referred to as being “the funnest guy I’ve watched all year.”“Rare instincts for the position,” he added. “He’s a smaller guy. I wouldn’t call him a home-run hitter, but he can make guys miss in a phone booth.”At 5-7, 203 pounds, Singletary had 4,287 yards rushing and scored 66 touchdowns in 38 career games over three seasons. In 2017, he became the first Florida Atlantic player to earn All-American honors after he had 1,918 yards rushing and scored 32 TDs.Knox is listed at 6-4 and 254 pounds, and was limited to 39 catches for 605 yards in 18 games for Ole Miss.Beane believes Knox was under-utilized at college, and believes he has the potential to play a larger role in the receiving game.


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