Video: Dansby Swanson’s first major league homer is an inside-the-parker

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Braves rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson is finally on the board with his first major league homer and it didn’t even clear a fence.

With two outs and the bases empty in the top of the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Nationals, Swanson cracked a line drive to center field that sailed over the head of Trea Turner. It caromed back towards left-center field. Right fielder Bryce Harper hustled all the way over and grabbed the ball, making a strong throw home, but it was a couple of seconds too late.

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Swanson’s inside-the-park home run extended the Braves’ lead to 3-0. He came into the night with a meager .556 OPS in his first 60 major league plate appearances.

As MLB.com’s David Adler points out, Swanson is the 11th player since 2000 to hit an inside-the-park home run for his first big league homer.

Max Fried loses to Braves in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried lost to the Atlanta Braves in salary arbitration and will make $13.5 million in the upcoming season instead of his $15 million request.

Mark Burstein, Fredric Horowitz and Jeanne Vonhof issued their decision a day after hearing arguments.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year in arbitration instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal.

He followed former Atlanta teammate Dansby Swanson in going to a hearing in consecutive years. Swanson, a shortstop, lost in 2021 and won last year, then signed a seven-year, $177 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The last player to win hearings in consecutive years was pitcher Trevor Bauer against Cleveland in 2018 and 2019.

Fried, a 29-year-old left-hander, went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2021, Fried pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.