The Braves are 0-7 for the first time since 1988

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A two-out, two-run double by Bryce Harper in the eighth inning on Tuesday sunk the Braves’ battleship. The Nationals’ lead held at 2-1 and the Braves fell to 0-7 to open the 2016 season. Per ESPN Stats & Info, it’s the Braves’ first 0-7 start since 1988 and their third since moving to Atlanta in 1966 (the other year being 1980).

What’s wrong with the Braves? Well, everything, really. Aside from Adonis Garcia and Nick Markakis, they’re not hitting. Freddie Freeman went 0-for-3 on Tuesday night, sending his average down to .095. He has exactly one extra-base hit, a homer.

Jhoulys Chacin pitched well in his start against the Nationals and that’s been a rare sight for the Braves. Their starters came into Tuesday’s action with a collective 5.94 ERA. Their bullpen has been worse, with a 7.84 ERA.

The Phillies were projected to be the only team in baseball worse than the Braves, and they’re 3-5 after beating the Padres on Tuesday night. Could the Braves actually be terrible enough to finish with the worst record and thus secure the first overall pick in the 2017 draft? A week and a half into the season, it seems like it.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).