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In his first outing since old racist and homophobic tweets
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, Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader was cheered by the
Miller Park crowd as he entered Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles
Dodgers."It means a lot," Hader said, per's Bradford Doolittle. "Having
Milwaukee's support, just knowing that they know my true character. Just
forgiving me for my past, because that's not who I am today."Tom Haudricourt of
the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Hader issued a tearful apology to
his Brewers teammates on Friday. His teammates have had his back over the past
few days, even showing up to his press conference to show their support, via USA
Today's Bob Nightengale:Bob Nightengale BNightengaleThis is the entire #Brewers
teamin support of Josh Hader at his press conference. Hader did his first round
of diversity training, tearfully apologized to his teammates Drew
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, and addressed the media rzfNVxpxmhHader was not
suspended for the tweets but will be required to undergo sensitivity
training.The 24-year-old has not hidden from the media in the wake of the
controversy, owning up to it and admitting he made mistakes in the past. He
further addressed the matter with reporters on Friday, via Haudricourt:Tom
Haudricourt#Brewers Josh Hader speaks with media about emotional meeting with
teammates today. Rye9ZOEnNAAnd while he received a round of applause from the
home crowd, he understands fans on the road may not be as supportive."I'm not
expecting that everybody is going to forgive me early," Hader said, via
Doolittle. "But I just hope that people see my true character today, and I hope
that I can show them that that's not who I was."Hader was able to put his
off-field issues to the side as he took the mound on Saturday. He was his usual
dominant self, tossing two shutout innings while striking out four to help
Milwaukee pull out a 4-2 victory. ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves ,
losers of at least 90 games each of the past three seasons, can clinch an
unlikely National League East title on Saturday.Mike Foltynewicz (11-10, 2.90
ERA) will get the start for the Braves at SunTrust Park as they try to close out
the second-place Philadelphia Phillies with more than a week remaining in the
regular season.Foltynewicz, a first-time All-Star in 2018, will be opposed by
former Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta (10-9, 3.77 ERA) as the Phillies try
to avoid elimination for at least another day after losing the first two games
of the series.Article continues below ...The Braves (86-68) went to work late in
both games against the bullpen of the Phillies (78-75), winning 6-5 on Friday
night after an 8-3 victory in the series opener the previous night.With a 7
1/2-game lead and the magic number down to two, the Braves can clinch first
place before their home fans on Sunday if they don’t do it Saturday.Cy Young
candidate Aaron Nola (16-5 Robinson
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, 2.44 ERA) will start the series finale for the
Phillies, with Anibal Sanchez (6-6, 2.44 ERA) getting the call for Atlanta.The
Braves play their final six games on the road, including a three-game series —
that was once highly anticipated — in Philadelphia to end the regular season.It
was Sean Newcomb’s turn to start on Saturday for the Braves, but the struggling
left-hander was skipped and put in the bullpen for the time being despite
leading the team with 12 victories.Newcomb’s 12 wins top the Braves, but he
posted an 11.34 ERA while losing his past four home starts. “I don’t think he
needed a break. He just wasn’t pitching that great,” Braves manager Brian
Snitker said of the 25-year-old. “I talked to him about that. We are going to go
with the other guys pretty much. Just trying to pitch the guys who were going a
little better.” Foltynewicz is 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 23
innings in four starts versus the Phillies this season, and 4-3 with a 3.51 ERA
in 11 career outings against them.The 26-year-old right-hander failed to last at
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, but he had pitched a complete game in his
previous start at San Francisco.Arietta is 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA in six career
starts against the Braves, carrying over the previous success he had with the
Chicago Cubs to his lone outing for the Phillies this season.The 32-year-old
right-hander worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory at Philadelphia on May
23, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out seven.Arrieta’s
performance has been in decline the past eight weeks or so, mirroring the
downturn of his team. Since pitching eight scoreless innings on Aug. 3 at
Arizona, he has gone 1-3 with a 6.02 ERA in seven starts.“What’s done is done.
I’ve got to move forward and just try to be better,” Arrieta said.
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