The Atlanta Braves surprisingly head into the All-Star break with an four-game lead in the National League’s East division after an 3-0 loss to New York on Sunday, which capped a three-game road series against the Mets.
After tonight’s home run derby, the Braves will be well-represented in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif., with five players on the NL team — Omar Infante, Jason Heyward, Tim Hudson, Brian McCann and Martin Prado.
When the regular season resumes, Atlanta (52-36) will play host to Milwaukee (40-49) in a four-game series starting Thursday at Turner Field. The Braves will look to continue their domination of the Brewers, whom they swept in Milwaukee during a three-game series in May, outscoring Milwaukee 26-10.
GWINNETT BRAVES: The G-Braves will enjoy the same three-day break as Atlanta, with the Triple-A All-Star Game being held Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. Gwinnett will have two players — Barbaro Canizares and Mike Dunn — playing for the International League.
In addition, Mike Minor, who was recently promoted from Class AA Mississippi, will be the lone G-Braves representative in the Futures Game in Anaheim and will play on the U.S. team.
The G-Braves better get their rest when they can during the break, because when the season resumes they’ll play 20-straight games without a day off, beginning with an eight-game road trip starting Thursday with a four-game series against Buffalo.
LOCAL GOLF: The Chattahoochee Golf Club will host an Atlanta Junior Golf summer series 18-hole tournament today for four different age groups — 12-under boys, 13-14 club, 15-18 club and 15-18 open boys.
Player of the Year points will be awarded to the top finishers in the 15-18 Open Boys division, with 100 going to the winner, 90 to the runner-up and 80 to third place.
YOUTH BASEBALL: The 14-year-old Jefferson All-Stars, nicknamed the Dragons, are looking to defend as state champions in the Dizzy Dean baseball tournament in Jefferson.
The double-elimination tournament concludes on Tuesday.