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Baseball's New Bash Brothers Are Heating Up Atlanta

A couple of offseason acquisitions — anchored by brotherly love — have paid off early for the first-place Braves.

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In November, older brother B.J. signed a five-year, $75 million contract to join the Braves.

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B.J. showed a nice blend of power (118 home runs) and speed (232 steals), as well as a somewhat respectable 15.6 WAR, over parts of eight seasons in Tampa.


In January, the Braves completed a seven-player deal for Justin, who spent parts of six seasons in Arizona.

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The 25-year-old Justin showed the same wicked skill set — 108 home runs and 80 stolen bases — for the Diamondbacks as his big brother did with the Rays.


In fact, Justin Upton (under the blue-ish Powerade) has been on a tear, hitting six home runs in eight games and leading the National League in almost every important offensive category.

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But the real winners in all this? Mr. and Mrs. Upton, whose travel schedule has been pared down considerably.