Eric Hinske is not helping

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As the Braves continue to gag their way out of the wild card race, there are constant stories from the clubhouse about how no one is stressed, it’s all light, and the mood remains good.  Maybe that’s true. It’s also possible that they’re just all laughing at Eric Hinske’s new haircut, as captured by Mark Bowman of MLB.com:

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Look guys, if you’re going to lose this thing, please try to do it with dignity, OK?

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.