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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astros manager A.J. Hinch met privately with the team’s owner and general manager on Saturday Sparky Anderson Jersey , a day ahead of reliever Roberto Osuna’s activation following a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.Hinch discussed the matter with owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow, but declined to go into details. The manager said Osuna will join the club on Sunday and be activated for the series finale at Dodger Stadium.Osuna is expected to address the team and then talk to the media with Luhnow.Osuna was arrested in Toronto in May and charged with assaulting his girlfriend. No details have been made public and the matter is pending in court.MLB handed him the second-longest suspension since its domestic violence policy was enacted three years ago and Osuna did not appeal.The Astros acquired the right-hander from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline this week. The move raised eyebrows in the clubhouse and around baseball since Houston had previously stated its no-tolerance policy regarding domestic violence.The team released minor leaguer Danry Vasquez last spring after surveillance video surfaced showing him assaulting a woman.Astros starters Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers Jr. were outspoken about their disgust on Twitter at that time.“My views on the topic have been out there. I’ve spoken on them and those kind of hold firm,” McCullers said after leaving the team’s 14-0 win Saturday night with right elbow soreness. “It’s obviously a baseball operational decision.”Osuna was not at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. He pitched one scoreless inning for Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday, allowing one hit with one strikeout.Osuna could potentially make his Astros debut in a closing role on Sunday.“A lot has to happen tomorrow,” Hinch said, “and as a team, family and group we’ll navigate it together.”Dodgers fans already have been booing various Astros players since the series began Friday night. It’s a rematch of last year’s World Series, won by Houston in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium.“It’s got to be difficult. He’s not an old-timer. He’s still a young kid http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-jack-morris-jersey ,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said in Seattle. “It’s a lot of pressure and a lot of focus on him. It can’t be easy. He probably can’t wait to get on the mound and get away from all that.”Hinch’s first order of business will be to talk with Osuna.“I certainly want to get to know him and his background. I’ve never met him, never shook his hand,” Hinch said. “I know a little bit of his track record. We’ll get into anything that he wants to. I’m his manager now so I think it’s important to get to know him and learn what makes him be the player that he can be.”The 23-year-old right-hander is the youngest pitcher to ever record 100 saves and he can throw 95 mph.The Astros are known for being a close-knit team that banded together to help Houston after last year’s devastating floods triggered by Hurricane Harvey.“That’s not going to change,” Hinch said.The effect Osuna’s presence has on the team will be closely scrutinized.“We are going to handle it as a group as best we can,” Hinch said. “We simply don’t know and we aren’t going to draw any conclusions at this point. We’re going to welcome him on our team and begin the process of getting to know him.” ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Braun’s spectacular catch in left field was just what the Milwaukee Brewers needed with another potential loss looming.With a runner on second base and the Brewers down one run to the Braves with two outs in the seventh inning, Braun ran hard to his right and dove to rob pinch-hitter Ender Inciarte of extra bases.Milwaukee followed up Braun’s play with a three-run eighth and got a 4-2 win over Atlanta on Saturday night that will help its NL playoff chances.“I don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to say it felt like a season saver,” Braun said. “We’re well aware of where we’re at and how things have gone. Sometimes those things can snowball a little bit.”Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double in the eighth inning and Josh Hader recorded a two-inning save to close out the Brewers’ rally.The Braves began the game leading the NL East by one percentage point over the Philadelphia Phillies and had won nine of 12. Milwaukee snapped a two-game skid and pulled within two games of the NL Central lead.The Brewers’ offense came to life in the eighth. Reliever Jesse Biddle (3-1) let the first batter, Christian Yelich Michael Fulmer Jersey , reach on an error when he dropped the ball at the bag after catching first baseman Freddie Freeman’s underhand toss. Lorenzo Cain singled, and both runners scored on Moustakas’ double.Biddle faced two more batters and gave way to Dan Winkler, who walked his first batter and gave up Erik Kratz’s run-scoring infield single.It was the first time the Atlanta bullpen had blown a save opportunity since June 27 against Cincinnati. Before the eighth, Biddle had a 1.87 ERA in 29 appearances since May 19.“It was one of those days where, shoot, he came out, he threw strikes, and they hit it Leonys Martin Jersey ,” Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki said. “You’ve got to tip your hat sometimes. Biddle’s been great.”Moustakas, in his 14th game since coming to Milwaukee in a trade with Kansas City, is hitting .285 with eight RBIs in 49 at-bats. But he said Braun’s big grab was the difference.“That catch definitely turned the game for us,” Moustakas said. “It got us going. It got us a little momentum. Seeing him going out and laying out like that and saving the game for the most part, that’s huge. We were able to rally the next inning and let our bullpen do the job.”Hader hadn’t pitched in three days and was plenty rested to make his 16th two-inning appearance and earn his sixth save in such situations this year. He retired all six batter he faced, striking out three to pick up his ninth save in 12 chances overall.Corbin Burnes (3-0) earned the win after facing four batters in the seventh.The Brewers went ahead in the first on Braun’s RBI single to shallow center. Ronald Acuna Jr. tied it by leading off the bottom of the first with his 14th homer, and the Braves made it 2-1 in the fourth when Freeman reached on a double and slid his left leg safely onto the plate to beat a tag attempt on Nick Markakis’ single.Braves starter Julio Teheran allowed one run, two hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out six http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-alex-wilson-jersey , improving from a rough three-start stretch in which he gave up 15 runs — 13 earned — over 15 innings.Brewers starter Wade Miley gave up six hits, two runs and one walk with no strikeouts in six innings.STILL HOTBraun went 2 for 3 and is batting .375 with eight RBIs over his last 14 games. … Freeman went 1 for 3 and is batting .360 during a 13-game hitting streak.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves manager Brian Snitker confirmed that RHP Anibal Sanchez will start Tuesday at home against Miami despite getting hit by a liner in his last start and leaving a no-decision at Washington after facing seven batters.LONG SKIDSAtlanta SS Dansby Swanson singled in the seventh, but he’s 3 for 26 this month and his average has dropped 36 points since June 5 to .238. … Milwaukee INF Jonathan Schoop grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and is 5 for 35 since arriving in a trade from Baltimore.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Chase Anderson (7-7, 3.81) will pitch for the first time in Atlanta as he makes his fourth career start against the Braves. Anderson received no-decision in his last start, Tuesday against San Diego, allowing four runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.Braves: LHP Sean Newcomb (10-5, 3.15 ERA) carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning of his last home start, a 4-1 win over the Dodgers two weeks ago. He is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in his last three starts but lost the last time he faced the Brewers Ryan Carpenter Jersey , giving up five runs, five hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings July 8 at Milwaukee.

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