Tucker, Freeman hit 3-run HRs as Braves stop Nationals 13-6

Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey The Atlanta Braves have reason to be encouraged about their offense, even with two starters on the disabled list and top prospect Ronald Acuna’s debut probably at least two weeks away.
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Freddie Freeman and Preston Tucker each hit a three-run homer, and Atlanta handed Washington its first loss with a 13-6 victory over Bryce Harper and the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Third baseman Johan Camargo and catcher Tyler Flowers are on the disabled list, but the Braves’ 41 runs through five games is the team’s best offensive start since 2006. The Braves’ 56 hits are tied with the 2008 team for the Atlanta record through five games.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first for Washington, and Cole added his first career Richie Ashburn Youth jersey homer in the second. Leading off the third, Harper continued his hot streak with his fourth homer in the last three games.

Atlanta ace Julio Teheran was charged with five runs in 2 1/3 innings, ending his streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings against Washington. The right-hander threw 89-mph fastballs on the homers hit by Zimmerman and Cole.

We honestly thought we would continue with Ticketmaster, said Chad Estis, the team’s executive vice president of business operations. But we have a commitment to have the best in class and we thought that SeatGeek’s technology from a fan standpoint and the ease of use and flexibility on the back end with our folks internally made this deal the right one.

The Cowboys aren’t the first team to opt out of the Ticketmaster deal. The Detroit Lions switched primary ticketing to Veritix for the 2013 season but will return to Ticketmaster for the 2018 season. The Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, who signed with SeatGeek in November, will be the only teams not currently part of the league deal.

The move is consistent with the history of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who famously struck deals with Pepsi and American Express in the 1990s, when the league had deals with Coca-Cola and Visa. The NFL sued but eventually dropped the case.

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