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MIAMI (AP) — After being held out of the lineup to rest
#1 , Brian Anderson was ready when needed.Anderson delivered with a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the seventh inning to help the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Saturday night.“It was kind of a reset,” Anderson said. “It helps your body, your legs get underneath you. I was relaxed for a day even if I had that one at-bat. I just tried to go in and have a good at bat especially In a situation like that. The pressure is not on me, it’s on the other pitcher.”Anderson delivered his first career pinch-hit home run and the 10th of the season with his shot to left field off Chad Sobotka for a 3-0 lead.“That was huge,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s one of those games you’re walking a tight rope. Anything can happen and you see what happened in the ninth with the leadoff homer. You still had some breathing room.”Dansby Swanson led off the ninth with his 13th home run of the season, cutting the deficit to 3-1 and ending a 21-inning scoreless drought to the Marlins in the series.“We just really haven’t been able to string anything together,” Swanson said. “A combination of that is us not swinging the way we’re capable of, but at the same time there’s obviously a reason for that and I think you can give a little bit of credit where credit is due, and they’ve thrown the ball lately.”Wei-Yin Chen (5-9) struck out 10 over six innings. It was the third time in his career he struck out at least 10.“I felt very consistent out there,” Chen said through a translator. “I still had my command on the pitches in the late innings.”After allowing the homer to Swanson, Drew Steckenrider retired the next three batters to end the game for his second save.Braves starter Anibal Sanchez (6-5) exited with right hamstring tightness after 5 2/3 innings and 98 pitches. Sanchez allowed four hits and one run.“In the hitter I couldn’t push my body to home plate and that’s why I lost my command against the last hitter,” Sanchez said.Sanchez dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in the season causing him to miss 37 games.“When I started to feel something on my hamstring after the injury that I got earlier in the season Lance McCullers Jersey , after that I tried to take care of it more in between outings and I think one time after Cincinnati–I’m just going to do my best to stay in the game,” Sanchez said. “I don’t want to just get those innings and it happens again.”The Marlins got on the scoreboard in the sixth when Rafael Ortega led off with a triple to right and scored on a sacrifice fly by J.T. Realmuto.SEVEN WITH 10 HOMERSAnderson became the seventh Marlins player to reach double-digits in home runs this season. It is the most players with at least 10 in a season since the 2008 team also had seven.ACUNA STAYING HOTBraves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was 2 for 4 and is hitting .340 (32 for 94) in August with 18 extra-base hits.TRAINER’S ROOMBraves: Manager Brian Snitker thought Sanchez’s hamstring issue could be related to dehydration or cramping. “Could be,” Sanchez said. … The pitching staff could be getting a boost for the stretch run with Brandon McCarthy (knee), Peter Moylan (forearm), Shane Carle (shoulder), and Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) nearing returns. “We’ve got guys that should be back that are going to be big for us,” Snitker said.Marlins: OF Lewis Brinson (hip) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A New Orleans. … OF Garrett Cooper (wrist) had a setback in a rehab appearance and has returned to Miami for further evaluation possibly ending his season.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Kevin Gausman (8-9, 3.99 ERA) is scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale. Gausman has won his last three starts posting a 1.23 ERA.Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (2-3, 4.42) allowed six runs, five earned, over 5 1/3 innings in his only start against the Braves on Aug. 13. The upcoming Major League Baseball free-agency season will be littered with big names, as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado headline the list of available players.While some teams will be able to afford the massive contracts of the top free agents, others will dig deeper to bring in underrated assets to fill voids on their respective rosters.Some of the underrated players turned in career seasons for playoff teams to make themselves more valuable on the free-agent market.While some free agents will opt to return to their current clubs Mike Scott Jersey , there will be a handful of underrated stars on the open market who could be steals for struggling franchises.Predictions for Underrated AssetsDJ LeMahieuDJ LeMahieu has spent the majority of his career in a Colorado Rockies uniform, but he might be moving on from the franchise in the offseason.LeMahieu is one of the few free agents who could leave the Rockies in the winter, and no contract talks have been held between the infielder and the organization, per Kyle Newmanof theDenver Post.Despite playing 128 games in the regular season, LeMahieu recorded his career high in home runs (15), tied his best career mark in doubles (32) and was four short of his top RBImark (66).Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesThe Rockies could be fine with moving on from the 29-year-old because they have top prospect Brendan Rodgers.There's still a chance LeMahieu returns to Colorado, but that's likely dependent on what occurs with Nolan Arenado's contract situation, which might open the door for a trade and Rodgers to play third base.The Chicago Cubs, his first MLB team, are one of the logical options for LeMahieu to explore, as they'll try to upgrade the middle infield positions.The Los Angeles Dodgers might be a landing spot as well, but that's going to depend on who their NL West rivals bring back after their postseason run.Prediction:LeMahieu signs with the Cubs. Nathan EovaldiFor teams looking beneath the top tier of starting pitchers, Nathan Eovaldi could be an option to go after this winter.Eovaldi's postseason performance with the Boston Red Sox could boost his stock Alex Bregman Jersey , and his seven-inning performance in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday night might be the moneymaking outing he needed.Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesHowever, there are concerns surrounding the 28-year-old because he had Tommy John surgery in 2017 and went 6-7 in 22 regular-season starts for the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.The market for Eovaldi could develop further if he continues to shine in the postseason, and the Texas Rangers could be a potential suitor.Evan Grantof the Dallas Morning Newsnoted the Rangers have always liked the Texas native, and with starting pitching being one of their needs, he could be a realistic fit.But until Texas hires a manager to replace Jeff Bannister, the team's free-agent expectations need to be tempered.A return to Boston could be in the cards for Eovaldi, especially if he performs well during a run to the World Series, but he wouldn't be a top option in the Red Sox rotation like he might be elsewhere.Prediction:Eovaldi inks a deal with Texas.Jed LowrieJed Lowrie was one of the most important pieces to the success of the Oakland Athletics in 2018, as he hit 23 home runs and drove in 99 runs, both of which were career highs.Lowrie has spent five of the last six seasons in Oakland, and after the numbers he put up in 2018, it would be wise for both parties to get a deal done, especially with the goodwill that remains between the player and franchise.In September , Lowrie expressed his interest to stay in Oakland during an interview with MLB Network Radio."They've expressed interest, but they haven't gone any further than that," Lowrie said. "I'm just taking it as it comes and that's really all you can do as a player so we'll see. I can definitively say I really enjoy playing with these guys and I think I'm a good fit."The interest in bringing back Lowrie is mutual, as the Athletics explored a new deal with the infielder during the summer, as Fox's Ken Rosenthal reported.Unless a breakdown in talks occurs, Lowrie should remain in Oakland, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see interest from elsewhere after he produced a career season.Prediction:Lowrie stays in Oakland.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.

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