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Postby linxiaoxue » 15 May 2018, 11:41

Nick Markakis delivered the big blow Wednesday in the Braves’ 5-2 win over the Rays, a three-run homer in the third inning that gave Atlanta a five-run lead on the way to its seventh consecutive road win.
For the 13-year veteran, it was his seventh homer in the 35th game of the season, leaving him Stan Mikita Jersey Womens just one shy of the eight he hit in 160 games in 2017. Markakis, 34, last hit 15 homers in 2011 and his only 20-homer seasons were in 2007 (a career-high 23 homers) and 2008 (20).
The homer Wednesday came against Ryan Yarbrough and was Markakis’ third this season against a left-hander. Only four other left-handed hitters in the majors had as many as three homers off lefties before Wednesday.

Six of his past nine homers have come against lefties.

“(Yarbrough) got his punch-outs and got his swings-and-misses, but they also had at-bats where it seemed like they were on everything,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “Not quite sure what to make of it. Obviously the homer was the dagger.”

Markakis is on a pace for a stunning 32 Tiger Williams Youth Jersey homers in a full season, after totaling 24 during his first three seasons with the Braves. The Woodstock High graduate signed a four-year, $44 million free-agent contract with the Braves after spending first nine seasons with the Authentic Ty Rattie Jersey Orioles through 2014.

Watch: Sizzling season so far for Markakis

Neck surgery to fuse a vertebrae following the 2014 season sapped his strength and led to a career-low three homers in his first season with the Braves, but Markakis hit .296 that year and came back with a 13-homer, 89-RBI season in 2016. He passed the career 2,000-hit standard last season and now, in the final year of his contract, Markakis is enjoying the best start of his career.

He’s batting .338 with a league-leading Ty Rattie Womens Jersey 47 hits and a team-high 28 RBIs for first-place Atlanta one of baseball’s early surprises with its 21-15 record including 13-7 on Stan Mikita Jersey the road.

Here’s what Markakis had to say during an interview after Wednesday’s game:

On Braves manager Brian Snitker saying at spring training he could immediately tell you were ready in more ways than one:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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