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Braves trying to avoid a 'funny mark'

It seems like an eternity since the Braves spent a summer out of playoff contention, but it's fast becoming a reality this year.

Originally Published: July 5, 2006
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The look on Braves manager Bobby Cox's face was unmistakable. After another reliever (Jorge Sosa) had blown another save, resulting in another crushing defeat, Cox sat motionless on the bench at Yankee Stadium as Alex Rodriguez's walk-off home run beat the Braves 4-3. The look on Cox's face wasn't of anger or disappointment, but more of incredulity, and perhaps a look of resignation that the remarkable run of titles for Atlanta may be over.

Cox isn't giving up; neither are any of the ...

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