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Braves win again — and there’s reason to like the view

Freddie Freeman's three-run homer was another positive sign for the Braves. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Freddie Freeman's three-run homer was another positive sign for Braves. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

It’s safe to open your eyes now. They survived.

The injuries, the offensive struggles, the questions about a leadoff hitter, the faceplant by Dan Uggla, the sudden tabloid fodder of Roger McDowell and Derek Lowe, whatever that was when Chipper Jones said something about Jason Heyward not playing with a sore shoulder . . . somehow the Braves have overcome it all.

They won again Thursday. They dumped the Colorado Rockies 6-3 and swept a four-game series by a composite score of 24-8. They went 6-1 on a homestand. They’ve won nine of their last 10 and 14 of their last 17 to close to within 2½ games of first-place Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves and Phillies meet in a final weekend series before the All-Star break beginning Friday night. A few weeks ago, could you have imagined this many positive signs?

The Braves have a better record now (53-36) than they did at the All-Star …

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BRAVES LIVE: Is that really first place or just a mirage?

Even Dan Uggla, who hit a two-run homer in Wednesday's 9-1 win, is coming around now. (AP photo)

Even Dan Uggla, who has homered in the last two games, is coming around now. (AP photo)

Dan Uggla is 4-for-5 with two homers, three walks and no strikeouts in the last two games. Let’s assume this qualifies as a sign.

The Braves, after too many injuries and too few runs for too many weeks, appear to have come together the way most expected back in April and May. They have won eight of their last nine games and 13 of their last 16. They go into today’s final home game before the All-Star break with a lofty but actually attainable goal: first place at the break.

The recent stretch has moved the Braves to within three games of Philadelphia in the National League East. They finish a series against Colorado at Turner Field, then play a weekend series at Philly. The Phillies are off after losing to Florida 7-6 in 10 innings Wednesday night. So for the Braves to take over first place, they would have to win today to trim the lead to 2½ games, then sweep the Phillies over the …

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It’s ‘Football or Die,’ starring Tony Gonzalez (but not NFL)

So what would happened if somebody turned this into a football spoof? Check it out.

So what would happened if somebody turned this into a football spoof? Check it out.

Back from a couple of weeks off.  The suits at the NFL and NBA have chosen not to extend the same courtesy and remain locked out. But props to the website “Funny or Die” for trying to keep us entertained during this millionaire’s and billionaire’s warfare.

In a well-thought out and and far better production than the NFL’s collective bargaining talks, “Funny or Die” has produced a three-minute, satirical video, “Field of Dreams 2.”

It’s basically an NFL lockout/Reader’s Digest version of the baseball fantasy movie. Actor Taylor Lautner is in the Ray Kinsella/Kevin Costner role, and the Falcons’ own Tony Gonzalez is in the “Shoeless” Joe Jackson/Ray Liotta role (at least in that Gonzalez is the first locked out football player to appear on Lautner’s just-plowed cornfield).

It’s actually pretty entertaining. The funniest scenes involve Ray Lewis (playing Ray Lewis) and Dennis Haysbert, who fills …

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