Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann made his return last night in Cincinnati. He went 0/4 with a walk in his first game back with the club, but looked much leaner and also was lacking his trademark bushy beard. The Braves new folk hero behind the plate, Evan Gattis, played left for Atlanta and strugged defensively, but ended up going 1/4 at the plate with an RBI double. Atlanta won the game 7-4, and it'll be interesting to see what ends up happening in the future for the Braves offense, especially when Jason Heyward returns.
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Game of the Night: Blue Jays 8, Rays 7. With two great games last night, I flipped a coin, and this game ended up on top. The Rays started the game off with seven straight runs in the first three innings off of Mark Buehrle, and it looked like it would be another long night for Toronto. However, Buehrle calmed down over his final three innings of his start, allowing only one baserunner in those three innings. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays offense began to fight back. In the fourth, Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer to make it 7-2, and Melky Cabrera followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to four runs. Jeremy Hellickson was chased after five, and in the sixth inning, Toronto added two more of of Jake McGee on a two-run homer by Mark DeRosa. All of a sudden, it was a 7-5 game. In the eighth, Jose Bautista cut the lead to a run after a sac fly off of Fernando Rodney. Looking for the five out save, Rodney was out of gas in the ninth, and allowed a go-ahead two-run homer to JP Arencibia to put Toronto in front 8-7. The untouchable Casey Janssen wasn't even looked at improperly in the ninth, and the Blue Jays picked up a big win that could be a season changer.