Anibal Sanchez beat his former team for the third time this season, Howie Kendrick homered and drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals prevented a three-game sweep, beating the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Sunday.
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Braves utility man Charlie Culberson suffered multiple facial fractures after being hit on the right cheekbone by a 91 mph fastball on Saturday, the team announced Sunday.
The Braves wrapped up a playoff berth Saturday, but there was no celebrating in the postgame clubhouse, as the team remained concerned about utility man Charlie Culberson, who was struck directly on the right cheekbone by a 91 mph fastball in the seventh.
Atlanta's Charlie Culberson left Saturday's game against the Nationals after being hit in the face by a pitch in the seventh inning.
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The Braves' Charlie Culberson is carted off the field, alert after getting hit directly in the face below the eye by a Fernando Rodney pitch. Culberson had squared to bunt as the ball soared over the top of his bat. Braves manager Brian Snitker has been ejected after the umpires ruled the pitch a strike, saying Culberson had offered at the pitch (he didn't jab the ball, but also didn't move his bat from the bunting position).
Freddie Freeman, who left in the fourth inning of Friday's game with discomfort from a lingering bone spur in his elbow, returned to the starting lineup for the Braves on Saturday.
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Milwaukee announced plans Fri. to extend safety netting for next season, becoming the 12th MLB team to commit to or put in extensions since a toddler's 5/29 head injury on a foul liner in Houston. The Astros, Chisox, Dodgers, Nats & O's have installed extensions & the Braves, D-backs, Jays, Pirates, Rangers & Royals say they plan to. Some teams say they're considering extensions and Miami had extended its to 150 feet past each dugout before this season.
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