Today in the A: July 17th

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Freddie Freeman looked to show off his swing at this years Home Run Derby in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of FOX Sports South).

Streaking Dream head to Connecticut for an Eastern Conference Duel.

Our Atlanta Dream will be travelling to the Mohegan Sun Arena this Tuesday at 7 PM to face off against the Connecticut Sun. This will be the third and final time these two teams will play against each other this season, with Atlanta decisively winning the first 2 matchups. The Dream have won 4 games in a row early on in this WNBA season, which has propelled them to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. The Sun are right on their heels being only .5 games behind in the conference standings, and both teams are on the heels of leading Washington Mystics as well.

This is also the first game that Alex Bentley and Layshia Clarendon will face off, after being traded for each other only a week ago. Bentley was traded off the Connecticut Sun roster after an alleged confrontation with a teammate. The Dream hopes she can turn around her attitude and her slumping 3-point percentage and become a rotation player for Atlanta.

If the Dream can defend against the likes of Alyssa Thomas and Chiney Ogwumike, they will be headed back to Atlanta with 5 wins in a row. The Dream tip off at 7PM this evening.

Atlanta Braves and the All-Star Game Festivities

Freddie Freeman was the first to represent the Atlanta Braves in the Home Run Derby since Andruw Jones in 2005. Unfortunately, this was a short-lived win for Freeman, as he was ousted in the first round of the Derby by eventual champion Bryce Harper. It was a coming out party for the rival Washington Nationals in the Derby this year, as they are hosting the All-Star festivities, and had their star right fielder defend their home turf with an enthralling come-from-behind win in the slugging competition.

The Atlanta Braves will have 4 players on the National League’s team in Tuesday’s MLB All Star Game, which will begin at 8PM. The players include pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, 1B Freddie Freeman, 2B Ozzie Albies, and outfielder Nick Markakis. The Braves look to recalibrate over the All-Star break, slumping into the mid-way point of the season after a hot start. They are only .5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East, and will be making some changes to their rotation once play starts back for them July 20th in Washington.

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Nick Lozier | @vitupATL

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