Braves get Ward from Nats

The Atlanta Braves acquired first baseman Daryle Ward from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher late Thursday night. Ward, who was hitting .311 with six homers, will serve as a left-handed pinch-hitter. Hes one of the real accomplished pinch-hitters in the game right now, said Braves general manager John Schuerholz. Our bench was made stronger.