MLB Wrap: Braves open series vs. Reds with win

MLB Wrap: Braves open series vs. Reds with win
July 12, 2013, 12:00 am
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ATLANTA -- Braves fans set a record by voting Freddie Freeman to the All-Star game.

The big first baseman found a way to say thanks.

Freeman celebrated his newly won All-Star berth by driving in four runs with three hits and Atlanta beat Mat Latos and the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Thursday night.

Freeman held off Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig to win the fan voting for the final spot on NL All-Star roster. He received more than 19 million votes, a record. The support from the fans continued into the game as he received a long ovation before his first at-bat (see full recap).

Red Sox rally to beat Mariners in extras
SEATTLE -- This time, it wasn't David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia or any of Boston's other big sluggers at the center of a Red Sox rally.

Try Brock Holt, Jose Iglesias, Daniel Nava and a reliever in Steven Wright making just his second major league appearance as the reason Boston was able to get out of Seattle taking three of four games.

Nava hit a two-out single in the top of the 10th inning to score pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr., and the Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit for the second time in the series to beat the Mariners 8-7 in 10 innings on Thursday (see full recap).

Davis homers again, Orioles top Rangers
BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis is having such a phenomenal season, he can afford to joke about a slump he's been stuck in for more than a week.

He's not getting any sympathy from his teammates, either.

Davis snapped an 0-for-17 skid with his major league-leading 34th homer, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Thursday night to earn a split of the four-game series.

Davis reached career highs in homers and RBIs (86) with a second-inning solo shot off Ross Wolf (1-2). His 34 home runs are the most in the majors before the All-Star break since 2001, when Barry Bonds had 39 and Luis Gonzalez hit 35 (see full recap).

Jeter returns, exits with injury in Yanks' win
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter walked to home plate, toyed with his batting gloves, stepped into the batter's box as fans chanted his name and legged out an infield hit.

A feeling of normalcy returned to the Yankee Stadium. The captain was back after a nine-month layoff.

But, perhaps, only for a few innings.

Jeter singled on his first pitch of the season, then felt a tight right quadriceps and was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of New York's 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday (see full recap).

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