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Braves collapsed before playoffs

Updated: September 29, 2011, 7:48 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- A franchise known for its postseason flops switched to fast-forward this time.

The Atlanta Braves went ahead and blew it before the playoffs.

Joining the Boston Red Sox in a pair of unprecedented September swoons, the Braves spent Thursday cleaning out their lockers rather than packing for an NL division series that seemed all but certain just a few weeks ago.

For reliever Jonny Venters -- and, undoubtedly, many of his teammates -- the end-of-the-season ritual followed ...

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