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Charlie Culberson hits another walk-off home run

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On Monday, Braves utilityman Charlie Culberson came off the bench and delivered a walk-off solo home run against the Mets. Not even a week later, Culberson played the role of hero again, coming off the bench and hitting another walk-off home run, this time against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon.

As the Braves’ Twitter notes, Culberson is the first player in the club’s Atlanta-era history to have two pinch-hit game-ending home runs in the same season.

With the victory, the Braves extend their first-place lead to 1.5 games over the Nationals. The Mets were shut out by the Cubs, falling seven games behind the Braves. The third-place Phillies are in progress against the Giants as of this writing.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.