• NL East countdown: Braves' magic number is just 1

    By: AJC Sports

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    The Braves just need 1. With either a win or a Washington Nationals loss, the Braves will clinch the National League East Division title.

    The Braves (94-60) beat the Phillies 5-4 Thursday to reduce the magic number from 2 to 1. The second-place Nationals (83-68) did not play Thursday.

    The Braves lead the Nationals by 9 ½ games and have 8 games to play.

    The Braves the Giants at 7:20 Friday while the Nationals play at the Marlins at 7:10 p.m.

    Any combination of wins by the first-place Braves and losses by the second-place Nationals that totals 1 will give the Braves their second straight division title. Here’s a look at the NL East standings and the remaining schedule for the Braves and the Nationals.

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