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Dickey doesn’t think injury will affect next start

NEW YORK – R.A. Dickey’s first start back at Citi Field since his Mets heyday ended sooner than he expected because of a quadriceps spasm, but the 42-year-old knuckleballer was nonetheless pleased with the results in a 7-5 win Thursday that gave the Braves a two-game sweep of the Mets. Dickey gave up five hits and three runs (two earned) in five innings before exiting with a left-quad...



Braves snap skid with 8-2 win over Mets

Braves snap skid with 8-2 win over Mets

NEW YORK – The Braves scored more in a five-run first inning Wednesday night against the Mets than they had scored while Julio Teheran was in a game in all but three of his 30 starts in 2016. And they did it against the team that Teheran has required the least amount of support when facing lately. Teheran allowed only two hits before the seventh inning and Tyler Flowers matched a career high...
Brandon Phillips leaves game with injury

Brandon Phillips leaves game with injury

NEW YORK – Hot-hitting Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips left Wednesday night’s game against the Mets with a left groin strain, but manager Brian Snitker indicated the injury wasn’t serious. Phillips was hurt while sliding at second base on a stole-base attempt in the Braves’ five-run first inning during an 8-2 win at Citi Field. He played the rest of the inning,...
Freeman: Phillips in 2-hole good, Dansby will be fine

Freeman: Phillips in 2-hole good, Dansby will be fine

NEW YORK – Brandon Phillips was in the second spot in the Braves lineup ahead of slugger Freddie Freeman for the second consecutive game Wednesday, while rookie Dansby Swanson was in the eighth position for the third time in a row since being dropped from the 2-hole after his early season slump. As Freeman saw it, having hot-hitting veteran Phillips in the 2-hole made the most sense for everyone...
Dickey vs. Syndergaard matchup focuses attention on 2012 trade

Dickey vs. Syndergaard matchup focuses attention on 2012 trade

NEW YORK – R.A. Dickey was greeted warmly by Mets fans when the Braves played at Citi Field on opening day, and why wouldn’t he be? Dickey won the Cy Young Award after a 20-win season with the Mets in 2012, then was the centerpiece of a trade to the Blue Jays that brought a pitching prospect named Noah Syndergaard to the Mets along with then-top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud...
Braves’ Ozzie Albies leads International League in stolen bases

Braves’ Ozzie Albies leads International League in stolen bases

Braves second base prospect Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs, an RBI, and his league-leading eighth stolen base Wednesday as the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves beat the host Rochester Red Wings 3-2. Albies is hitting .291 this season. His nine steals are just two less than the Atlanta Braves have as a team. Brandon Phillips leads Atlanta with five stolen bases.  Veteran first baseman...
Are the Braves as bad as they rank?

Are the Braves as bad as they rank?

Three sets of “power rankings” this week deem the Braves the worst team in the major leagues, at least for the moment.
Newcomb, Howard impress but Gwinnett Braves lose

Newcomb, Howard impress but Gwinnett Braves lose

Sean Newcomb pitched five shutout innings and Ryan Howard had a run-scoring single but the Gwinnett Braves lost to the host Rochester Red Wings 5-4 Tuesday night. Newcomb allowed two hits, walked four and struck out six. Rio Ruiz homered for Gwinnett (11-6). Fayette County native Niko Goodrum hit a two-run homer for Rochester (9-7). Howard was 1-for-4. His hit went to left field against a defensive...
Snitker on Braves’ 6-12 start: No need to blow it up

Snitker on Braves’ 6-12 start: No need to blow it up

NEW YORK – After being swept at Philadelphia and having an off day Monday in New York, the Braves had even more time to think about the disappointing 6-12 start to their season when their Tuesday night series opener against the Mets got rained out. But it wasn’t as if any of them was panicking or thinking about jumping off the Triborough Bridge. The Braves, with much the same cast of position...
Braves-Mets rained out, makeup set for September

Braves-Mets rained out, makeup set for September

NEW YORK — The Braves’ scheduled series opener against the Mets on Tuesday night was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sept. 25, with the first game set for 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Julio Teheran, who was set to pitch Tuesday, will instead start Wednesday against the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard. The Mets planned to start Robert Gsellman on Tuesday, but will instead...
Braves bring Adams up from Triple-A, DFA d’Arnaud

Braves bring Adams up from Triple-A, DFA d’Arnaud

Seeking to add some power to an underperforming and punchless bench, the Braves brought up veteran minor league outfielder Lane Adams from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday and designated for assignment the contract of utility player Chase d’Arnaud. Adams, 27, hit .333 with four home runs, six stolen bases, a team-high 16 RBIs and a .940 OPS in 13 games at Gwinnett, after signing with the Braves...
Braves ‘fast-forward’ 19-year-old pitchers

Braves ‘fast-forward’ 19-year-old pitchers

Kolby Allard grabs the return throw from his catcher and then quickly steps back on the rubber to get his next sign. The 19-year-old Atlanta Braves prospect pitches with a swift pace — almost bordering on impatience — that suggests there’s somewhere else he’d rather be.  Even as a teenager, he's in a hurry to get to Atlanta.  “Like our pitching coordinator always...
Braves anticipate better results for ‘very talented’ Dansby Swanson

Braves anticipate better results for ‘very talented’ Dansby Swanson

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has made just 219 plate appearances in the major leagues. That’s too few to draw any real conclusions about his effectiveness as a hitter. Yet Swanson’s high profile as one of baseball’s top prospects means his poor results so far this season, after good results in 2016, have drawn attention. The team’s offensive struggles, with Swanson hitting...
Braves trade pitcher David Hernandez to Angels

Braves trade pitcher David Hernandez to Angels

The Braves traded veteran right-hander David Hernandez to the Angels on Monday for cash or a player to be named later. Hernandez’s contract includes an opt-out on May 1. The Braves decided to get something in return for Hernandez once they decided he doesn’t fit in their plans. Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Braves during spring training after asking for his release...
Brandon Phillips is latest No. 2 hitter for Braves

Brandon Phillips is latest No. 2 hitter for Braves

Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips is the latest player to hit second in the lineup as manager Brian Snitker seeks consistent production in front of streaking slugger Freddie Freeman . Adonis Garcia hit second over the past three games after Dansby Swanson was moved down to No. 8 in the order. Garcia wasn’t in the lineup for the first time this season on Sunday...
Braves recall pitcher Matt Wisler from Gwinnett

Braves recall pitcher Matt Wisler from Gwinnett

The Braves recalled right-hander Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett and will pitch him out of the bullpen starting with today’s game against the Phillies. Wisler has made three starts this season for Gwinnett. He provides the Braves another long-relief option to go along with Josh Collmenter, and Braves manager Brian Snitker said both pitchers also can be used in short relief. To make room on...
Braves lose fifth straight on Phillies’ walk-off in 10th

Braves lose fifth straight on Phillies’ walk-off in 10th

Second baseman Brandon Phillips gave the Braves the lead with a one-run double on Saturday. After the Phillies took it back, Phillips homered with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game and the Braves took a one-run lead in the 10th. But Braves closer Jim Johnson couldn’t survive a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the 10th. The Phillies hit three consecutive singles, two of them...
Ryan Howard reaches base four times in Gwinnett Braves debut

Ryan Howard reaches base four times in Gwinnett Braves debut

Veteran first baseman Ryan Howard had two hits and reached base four times in his first game with the Gwinnett Braves Saturday night in Lawrenceville.  Howard was 2-for-2 (both singles), had an RBI, was hit by a pitch and was walked intentionally as the Triple-A Braves (11-5) beat Pawtucket 5-2. Howard, 37, was signed by the Braves to a minor league contract on April 6.  Howard played...
Braves have interest in Cuban outfielder

Braves have interest in Cuban outfielder

The Braves were among baseball’s biggest spenders on international free agents last summer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re tapped out and unwilling to spend more in that area. Enter Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert, a 19-year-old slugger who was declared a free agent last week and is considered to be advanced for his age — he’s reportedly 6-foot-3 and powerfully...
At the plate, Freeman looks to be shiftier than any defense

At the plate, Freeman looks to be shiftier than any defense

Title this one Freddie Freeman vs. the Freak Defense: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Shift. As the Braves’ first baseman goes about his torrid April, hitting over .400, he as much as any player in the majors is mocking the fad of tilting the infield — utilizing three gloves on one side of the diamond — to mess with a pull-hitter’s Zen. “Put four guys on...
Braves executives reflect on SunTrust Park’s opening homestand

Braves executives reflect on SunTrust Park’s opening homestand

On the last night of the first homestand at SunTrust Park, two Braves executives — both of them immersed in the stadium project for years — expressed satisfaction and exhilaration about the ballpark’s opening week. Mike Plant, the Braves’ president of development, and Derek Schiller, the team’s president of business, reviewed the homestand in a joint interview Thursday...
Freeman homers but Braves lose fourth straight

Freeman homers but Braves lose fourth straight

Freddie Freeman is off to a great start to the 2017 season but, through little fault of his own, it’s not as good as it could be. The Braves first baseman hit his seventh home run of the season on Friday but, as usual, the bases were empty. Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson held the Braves to three hits with no walks over seven innings and they couldn’t complete the comeback against reliever...
Snitker moves Swanson down to No. 8 in Braves order

Snitker moves Swanson down to No. 8 in Braves order

Last weekend Braves manager Brian Snitker said he wasn’t ready to move Dansby Swanson down from No. 2 in the batting order because the rookie shortstop was making good contact with bad results. That was before Swanson went 2-for-21 with six strikeouts and no walks over his next six games, prompting Snitker to give Swanson a day off Thursday. When Swanson returned to the lineup Friday at Philadelphia...
Braves lose 3-2, Nationals sweep at SunTrust

Braves lose 3-2, Nationals sweep at SunTrust

Ryan Zimmerman had the second of the Nationals’ two grand slams in a 14-4 shellacking of the Braves on Wednesday, but his home run Thursday was more damaging for the home team, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs. Zimmerman’s two-run homer off R.A. Dickey in the sixth inning lifted Washington to a 3-2 win, completing a three-game sweep before an announced crowd of 27,498 at SunTrust...
Kemp back in Braves lineup, Blair recalled

Kemp back in Braves lineup, Blair recalled

The Braves made a series of roster moves Thursday, activating left fielder Matt Kemp from the 10-day disabled list and recalling pitcher Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett while optioning infielder infielder Johan Camargo and reliever Luke Jackson to Triple-A. Kemp had been out with a hamstring strain since April 7 and was activated and back in the lineup Thursday night against the Nationals, after...
Slumping Swanson out of Braves lineup Thursday

Slumping Swanson out of Braves lineup Thursday

A day after saying he wasn’t ready to drop Dansby Swanson from the second spot in the lineup, Braves manager decided to give the slumping rookie shortstop a day out of the lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the Nationals. Swanson 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series and 3-for-33 with no extra-base hits, one walk and nine strikeouts in his past...
Tom Glavine may make pitch to buy the Miami Marlins

Tom Glavine may make pitch to buy the Miami Marlins

Braves great Tom Glavine could be pulling for a different team soon. And he might be going up against Derek Jeter again too. According to Bloomberg News, the Hall of Fame pitcher is part of a group bidding to buy the Miami Marlins. Glavine has reportedly joined a group led by Solamere Capital co-founder Tagg Romney. Jeter, the retired New York Yankees star, is also among others interested...
Lucas Sims is sharp in Gwinnett Braves’ win

Lucas Sims is sharp in Gwinnett Braves’ win

Lucas Sims of Lawrenceville pitched seven shutout innings and improved to 2-0 as the Gwinnett Braves beat visiting Rochester 3-0 in Triple-A play Thursday. Sims, rated as Atlanta’s 18th-best prospect by MLB.com, allowed just three hits and walked none while striking out five for Gwinnett (9-5).Gwinnett’s Ozzie Albies extended his International League-leading hitting streak to 13 games...
Kemp back in lineup; Ryan Howard also progressing

Kemp back in lineup; Ryan Howard also progressing

Matt Kemp was activated from the disabled list and returned to the Braves lineup for Thursday night’s series finale against the Nationals, and another veteran slugger is also progressing toward a possible return to the majors. There’s no timetable for the possible Braves debut of Ryan Howard, but the 37-year-old former National League MVP has shown enough in extended spring training that...
Bryce Harper knocks around Braves ace Julio Teheran again

Bryce Harper knocks around Braves ace Julio Teheran again

After Bryce Harper once again smacked balls around the ballpark against Braves right-hander Julio Teheran, the Nationals slugger said he couldn’t explain why it happens so often. “I don’t know,” Harper said. “I just try to have good at-bats and get good pitches over the plate that I can drive.” Harper waived away the notion that having a good history against a pitcher...
Harper homers twice, powers Nats past Braves

Harper homers twice, powers Nats past Braves

The next time Julio Teheran faces the Nationals, the Braves’ No. 1 starter might want to swallow his pride and just not challenge Bryce Harper. Because what the Washington slugger has done to him is downright Barry Bonds-ian. Harper homered with the bases empty in the first inning and homered again with them full in the second inning, powering the Nationals to a 14-4 win against the Braves at...
Kemp set to return to Braves lineup after rehab game

Kemp set to return to Braves lineup after rehab game

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp played a game for Triple-A Gwinnett on rehabilitation assignment Wednesday and is set to rejoin the big-league lineup on Thursday. Kemp has been out of the Braves lineup since suffering a right hamstring injury that forced him to leave an April 7 game at the Pirates. Braves manager Brian Snitker said before Wednesday’s game that of all goes well for Kemp during...
Freeman homers to break an Atlanta Braves franchise record

Freeman homers to break an Atlanta Braves franchise record

Freddie Freeman had a first-inning walk and third-inning home run Wednesday against the Nationals to set an Atlanta franchise record by reaching base in 12 consecutive plate appearances, a streak that was snapped when he grounded out in the sixth inning. Freeman broke the record previously held by Jeff Burroughs in 1978. He had three homers, two doubles, two singles and five walks during the streak...
Braves reliever nearly ready for rehab assignment

Braves reliever nearly ready for rehab assignment

The Braves’ bullpen righted itself since its first-week struggles, but the unit won’t be at full strength until flamethrower Mauricio Cabrera returns. There’s reason to believe that might not be much longer. Cabrera, who began the season on the disabled list with a strained elbow, threw live batting practice Tuesday at extended spring training in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and is set...
Snitker not ready to drop Swanson or bench Garcia

Snitker not ready to drop Swanson or bench Garcia

Dansby Swanson and Adonis Garcia had the second- and fourth-lowest OPS in the National League entering Wednesday, but don’t expect Braves manager Brian Snitker to move Swanson from the second spot in the order or bench Garcia anytime soon. Snitker indicated Wednesday he’ll be patient. “The experience I’ve had with (Garcia), I just want to keep running the guy out there and...
Braves catcher Flowers on track to rejoin lineup Friday

Braves catcher Flowers on track to rejoin lineup Friday

Braves catcher Tyler Flowers is expected to start the first two games of the weekend series at Philadelphia after a right hamstring injury limited him to pinch-hitting duty the past two days. Flowers left Sunday’s game because of the injury, didn’t play Monday and was available to pinch hit against the Nationals on Tuesday and Wednesday. He made one plate appearance in Tuesday’s...
‘Bizarre’ ending to Braves game

‘Bizarre’ ending to Braves game

Braves veteran Chase d’Arnaud stuck out with the bases loaded to end the game. The Nationals gathered near the mound to celebrate the 3-1 victory over the Braves. The grounds crew members rushed the field, ready to begin their usual post-game routine, and fans at SunTrust Park started filing out. Except the game wasn’t over. “It was bizarre,” d’Arnaud said. Home plate...
Nats’ Scherzer too much for Braves in 1st loss at SunTrust Park

Nats’ Scherzer too much for Braves in 1st loss at SunTrust Park

The Braves won five in a row and created a buzz with their four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres that ended Monday. But the nemesis Nationals arrived Tuesday, and Max Scherzer reminded everyone how he won the National League Cy Young Award a year ago. Scherzer limited the Braves to two hits in seven scoreless innings of a 3-1 series-opening Nationals win before a crowd of 21,834 at SunTrust Park...
Inciarte finally filling Braves’ void left by Andruw Jones

Inciarte finally filling Braves’ void left by Andruw Jones

When the Braves’ long run of baseball Octobers sputtered to a halt, it was more than just a case of their starting pitching declining, or investments going belly-up, or the prospect well drying up. Specifically, they never replaced Andruw Jones. The decision not to re-sign Jones after the 2007 season left a sinkhole in center field. They traded for Mark Kotsay. He didn’t make it through...
Dusty Baker: An old Brave comes home again

Dusty Baker: An old Brave comes home again

Some 50 years ago, Dusty Baker prayed that the Braves would not draft him. Though he was familiar with boundaries in race relations — Baker and his brother had been the only African-Americans at Del Campo (Calif.) High School — shipping off for the deep South in the mid-1960s transcended baseball. Yet, here he was, taken by the Braves in the 27th round of the 1967 draft, 18 years old and...
Kemp on Braves teammate Freeman: ‘He’s a superstar, man’

Kemp on Braves teammate Freeman: ‘He’s a superstar, man’

When Braves slugger Matt Kemp strained a hamstring April 7 and went on the disabled list, there was concern that Freddie Freeman, batting .235 with one extra-base hit and no RBIs through the first four games, might not see many good pitches without Kemp batting cleanup behind him. Freeman has laid to rest that concern while pummeling opposing pitching like he did for the last 3 1/2 months of the 2016...
Braves’ home start is their best since 1997

Braves’ home start is their best since 1997

The Braves entered Tuesday night’s series opener against the Nationals riding a five-game winning streak and with a 4-0 record at SunTrust Park, which was not just their longest season-opening home winning streak in 20 years, but also the longest by any major league team to open a new ballpark in that span. The last team to win more than four in a row at home at home in new ballpark that was...
Swanson joins Hank Aaron, Andruw Jones in Braves history

Swanson joins Hank Aaron, Andruw Jones in Braves history

Rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson’s big hit Monday night put him on a list with two Braves greats. Swanson’s walk-off single to beat the Padres was the first at SunTrust Park. The players who hit the first walk-off at the team’s other Atlanta home stadiums were Hank Aaron (Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium) and Andruw Jones (Turner Field). Aaron beat the Astros with a solo home run...
Braves catcher Flowers (hamstring) available off bench

Braves catcher Flowers (hamstring) available off bench

Braves manager Brian Snitker said catcher Tyler Flowers was available to pinch hit Tuesday against the Nationals, the latest indication that Flowers should avoid a stint on the disabled list for his right hamstring injury. Flowers left Sunday’s game because of the injury. He caught a bullpen session Tuesday. “Give him maybe a day or two more,” Snitker said Tuesday. “I think...
Kemp set for rehab game in Gwinnett before rejoining Braves

Kemp set for rehab game in Gwinnett before rejoining Braves

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp is set to play one rehabilitation game at Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday before rejoining the big-league lineup. Kemp has been out since suffering a right hamstring injury during a game at Pittsburgh on April 7. Kemp had said he didn’t need to play in rehabilitation games before being activated from the disabled list, but the Braves preferred that he test the leg...
Blind Atlanta Braves fan takes in new SunTrust Park in his own way at home opener

Blind Atlanta Braves fan takes in new SunTrust Park in his own way at home opener

He’d already climbed on Bobby Cox’s statue to give The Skipper a bear hug. So when Joey Stuckey turned a corner at SunTrust Park last Friday night and encountered maybe his all-time favorite Brave, it just made sense he’d rub his hands all over John Smoltz’s face. “Wait, does Smoltzie have a beard?” Stuckey asked excitedly as his fingered the whiskers on the...
Atlanta United president understands fans’ frustration

Atlanta United president understands fans’ frustration

Atlanta United has gone from conducting the first event in Mercedes-Benz Stadium when it was supposed to have opened in March, to the first event when it was supposed to open July 30, to not playing in it until Sept. 9, when it hosts Dallas after several football games will have been played in the $1.5 billion building. The most recent delay — caused by issues related the retractable roof...
SunTrust Park becoming a home-run hitter’s paradise

SunTrust Park becoming a home-run hitter’s paradise

Since its opening Friday, SunTrust Park has been a home run paradise. Eleven homers -- six of them by Braves -- have been hit since April 14. That’s at least one hit out of the ballpark in every game. Freddie Freeman hit two in Monday’s win over the Padres. Both of Freeman’s shots traveled more than 400 feet. Ender Inciarte hit the first homer at the Cobb County stadium, Friday...
‘Amazing’ moment for Braves rookie Swanson

‘Amazing’ moment for Braves rookie Swanson

Freddie Freeman is the homegrown Braves star so his two home runs on Monday were not unexpected. Dansby Swanson is billed as the next big thing but he’d been struggling to produce, so what he did was a nice, new moment for the rookie. Swanson hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Padres 5-4 at SunTrust Park. That sent his teammates into a frenzy that culminated with them...
Freeman homers twice, Swanson wins it on walk-off single

Freeman homers twice, Swanson wins it on walk-off single

It didn’t take long for Braves slugger Freddie Freeman to identify his favorite part of the team’s new ballpark. Freeman, who bats lefty, was eager to play in a home park that’s just 375 feet to right-center field. That’s where Freeman hit the two-run homer that put the Braves ahead against the Padres in the third inning on Monday. The short right-field porch came back to bite...
‘Folty’ rejoins Braves rotation with something to prove

‘Folty’ rejoins Braves rotation with something to prove

The season is two weeks old but, because of schedule quirks, Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz has made just one start. That didn’t go well, and neither did a subsequent relief appearance. Now Foltynewicz takes the mound against the Nationals on Tuesday looking to validate his spot in the rotation. That’s how it goes for a young No. 5 starter on a veteran-laden staff. Foltynewicz earned...
We’re starting to see what the Braves hoped they’d be

We’re starting to see what the Braves hoped they’d be

It’s still early. Not quite a week ago, the Braves were 1-6. This is baseball, where momentum is tomorrow’s starting pitcher. Which brings us to today’s topic. The Braves’ starting rotation has the second-best ERA among National League teams, trailing only the Cubs. Every game at SunTrust Park – three as of this writing – has yielded a quality start from the home...
Braves hopeful catcher Flowers can avoid DL

Braves hopeful catcher Flowers can avoid DL

The Braves are optimistic that catcher Tyler Flowers will avoid being placed on the disabled list because of the right hamstring injury that forced him to leave the game on Sunday. “Talking to the training staff, they were encouraged by what they saw of him,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said Monday. “Hopefully it will only be a couple days. We will re-evaluate tomorrow and see but...
Bartolo shines, Braves push winning streak to four games

Bartolo shines, Braves push winning streak to four games

Long before anyone heard of OPS or WAR and eons before they came up with exit velocities and spin rates, there was Bartolo. Big Bart or Big Sexy, call him whichever nickname you prefer, but call Bartolo Colon a legitimate big-time big-league pitcher still, with his 44th birthday just around the corner in May. The oldest pitcher in baseball was on top of his game again Sunday in his first Braves home...
‘Big Sexy’ keeps things loose and feels the love from Braves fans

‘Big Sexy’ keeps things loose and feels the love from Braves fans

Bartolo Colon was as loose as ever before his first Braves home start Sunday, a 9-2 win against the Padres in which the 43-year-old pitcher allowed just one hit, one run and one walk in seven innings. About 2 1/2 hours before the game, Colon slammed a heavy leather roll pillow onto the leather couch in the clubhouse to scare reliever Jose Ramirez, who had his back to Colon as Ramirez was lining up...
Braves hitters surging

Braves hitters surging

Braves hitters have struggled to produce with runners on base early in the season. They could hardly get on base for four innings Sunday against Padres right-hander Trevor Cahill. Then Brandon Phillips singled with one out in the fifth, Adonis Garcia followed with a walk and Tyler Flowers hit a single that scored both of them. The Braves kept adding runs from there until they had a 9-2 victory at...
Brave catcher Flowers leaves game with hamstring injury

Brave catcher Flowers leaves game with hamstring injury

The Braves said catcher Tyler Flowers left Sunday’s game because of a right hamstring strain. The team listed his status as day-to-day. Manager Brian Snitker said Flowers suffered the injury while running the bases on a ground-rule double in the seventh inning. Catcher Anthony Recker replaced Flowers as a pinch runner after the next batter, Jace Peterson, made an out. “We are going to...
Braves bullpen has bounced back strong after opening-week woes

Braves bullpen has bounced back strong after opening-week woes

When a trio of Braves relievers gave up six runs in one inning in a 6-0 opening-day loss against the Mets in New York, there was plenty of hand-wringing and “here we go again” lamenting in Braves Country. But the bullpen bounced back with six scoreless innings the next game in a 12-inning win against the Mets, and that second-game performance was much more indicative of what the Braves...
Phillips leads Braves to victory with bat, glove

Phillips leads Braves to victory with bat, glove

After admittedly pressing early in his tenure with the Braves, Brandon Phillips showed on Saturday what he’s been for much of his career in the major leagues: a slick-fielding infielder with some power in his compact swing. Phillips hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and turned a key double play in the seventh to lift the Braves to a 4-2 victory over the Padres on Saturday at SunTrust...
Braves make it a 3-game winning streak and 2-0 record at SunTrust Park

Braves make it a 3-game winning streak and 2-0 record at SunTrust Park

Several Braves said after a workout and an exhibition game last month at SunTrust Park that the ball carried better there than it did at Turner Field, and early results would indicate they knew what they were talking about. Brandon Phillips and Adonis Garcia hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning to send the Braves and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to a 4-2 win Saturday night against the San Diego...
Braves’ Ender Inciarte now en fuego after slow start in first week

Braves’ Ender Inciarte now en fuego after slow start in first week

After going 4-for-28 in the Braves’ first six games, Ender Inciarte was 5-for-13 with three home runs and five RBIs in the past three games before Saturday. The Braves’ center fielder and leadoff man had the second two-homer game of his career Wednesday in a win at Miami, and after the team’s day off Thursday he hit a two-run homer Friday in a 5-2 win against the Padres in the Braves&rsquo...
Going low at Sugarloaf is all the rage

Going low at Sugarloaf is all the rage

Fat on birdies, their joints warmed by the springtime sun, the old lions had themselves a day at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. They savaged TPC Sugarloaf, treating par with the kind of disdain men their age usually reserve for contemporary music. Forty-one in the 78-player field broke par, 21 of those taking it into the 60s. Even old pitchers thought about it — former Brave John Smoltz shooting...
Dansby says don’t worry, his confidence and psyche are just fine

Dansby says don’t worry, his confidence and psyche are just fine

Dansby Swanson has gotten off to a slow start this season, leading some fans on social media to suggest the Braves’ popular young shortstop be benched for a couple of games, with some citing concern for what the struggles could do to his confidence. When this was relayed to Swanson on Saturday, he smiled. His psyche is just fine, thank you. Confidence remains high for the Braves’ marquee...
Mitsubishi Electric Classic: Andrade feels good at home

Mitsubishi Electric Classic: Andrade feels good at home

It’s been a very comfortable week for Billy Andrade. He’s staying at his home in Brookhaven, which he opened to his caddie and fellow Wake Forest alum Gary Hallberg. He even hosted a cookout for some of his buddies who are competing in this week’s Mitsubishi Electric Classic at TPC Sugarloaf. Andrade’s gallery included some members of the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church in...
On Jackie Robinson Day, Kemp laments few African-American players

On Jackie Robinson Day, Kemp laments few African-American players

Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Saturday, 70 years after he broke the big leagues’ color barrier in the modern era. At the same time, USA Today reported that the percentage of African-American players on big-league rosters (7.1) on opening day was the lowest since 1958. Braves outfielder Matt Kemp, one of two black American players on the roster, along with second baseman...
Braves pitching prospect Minter lands on DL for adductor strain

Braves pitching prospect Minter lands on DL for adductor strain

Just when Braves relief prospect A.J. Minter was progressing toward a full recovery from the elbow tightness that sidelined him for much of spring training, the left-hander has landed on the disabled list for an adductor (groin) strain. The high Single-A Florida Fire Frogs placed Minter on the seven-day DL two days after he pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts in his first appearance. Minter...
Albies on early-season tear

Albies on early-season tear

Braves infield prospect Ozzie Albies made outs in his first seven at-bats this season, and was 1-for-11 after two games. Since then, he’s been a red-hot Albies. The Gwinnett Braves second baseman, and the Braves’ No. 2-rated prospect, extended his hitting streak to eight games Friday night. In the last seven of those, Albies is hitting .355 (11-for-31). That streak has raised his average...
For the record books: ‘Firsts’ at SunTrust Park

For the record books: ‘Firsts’ at SunTrust Park

Friday was a day of firsts for SunTrust Park. First regular-season game. First sellout crowd. First postgame fireworks show. Here’s a rundown of other “firsts” for the new stadium from the Braves’ 5-2 win over the Padres in the stadium opener. This came at 7:53 p.m., from Braves starter Julio Teheran to Padres leadoff batter Manuel Margot, who swung at the initial offering...
The Braves are toeing the line between today and tomorrow

The Braves are toeing the line between today and tomorrow

On Nov. 11, 2013, Braves patriarch John Schuerholz announced that the club would leave Turner Field for a new stadium in Cobb County. On Sept. 22, 2014, the same Schuerholz announced that the Braves had “terminated” general manager Frank Wren and would endeavor to return to “The Braves Way.” In the course of 10 1/2 months, the Braves had committed to massive rounds of building...
How many bricks in SunTrust Park? How many TVs?

How many bricks in SunTrust Park? How many TVs?

Baseball is famously a game of numbers. So here’s a look at the Braves’ new home, SunTrust Park, by the numbers: 1,114,400 The size of SunTrust Park in square feet, about 400,000 less than Turner Field 41,149 Seats, down from 49,586 at Turner Field 5,619,783 Man-hours worked on construction of the stadium 602,000 Hand-set bricks used 7 Miles of handrails installed 6,800 Tons of structural...
Braves’ Inciarte homers again on night of firsts at new park

Braves’ Inciarte homers again on night of firsts at new park

Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte marked his name in the SunTrust park record books with plenty of firsts in the new ballpark. More important for the Braves, Inciarte is serving as a catalyst at the top of lineup again after a poor start to the season. Inciarte started the two-run first inning against the Padres with a single, the first at the team’s new ballpark, and also scored the first...
Braves fans flood social media with gripes, raves about SunTrust Park opening day

Braves fans flood social media with gripes, raves about SunTrust Park opening day

After a triumphant 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves fans ended Friday night chopping with glee and all in all pleased with their home team’s new digs at SunTrust Park. With more than 40,000 fans patiently awaiting the start of the game (Friday’s opener started about 20 minutes later than planned), there was, of course, various opinions that had little to do with what Ender...
Inciarte homers again, Braves and Teheran win SunTrust Park opener

Inciarte homers again, Braves and Teheran win SunTrust Park opener

No Braves player was more excited last week about getting back to Atlanta and opening the new ballpark than Ender Inciarte. The center fielder said after his two-homer game in a win at Miami on Wednesday hoped that would be a momentum-changer for the Braves before their home opener at SunTrust Park, which he said “is beautiful and hopefully it’s going to be a really positive ballpark for...
When buzz wears off, Braves will go as far as pitching carries them

When buzz wears off, Braves will go as far as pitching carries them

It was opening night — not to be confused with the Braves’ opening night in New York (season opener) or Pittsburgh (Pirates’ home opener) or Miami (Marlins’ opener) — and there were so many media members for the first official game in SunTrust Park that Matt Kemp was nearly run over as he walked to his locker. “Are all of you going to be here tomorrow?” he...
MLB’s Manfred says SunTrust Park ‘a model for other organizations’

MLB’s Manfred says SunTrust Park ‘a model for other organizations’

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred attended the Braves’ home opener Friday night and seemed quite impressed by new SunTrust Park and the surrounding mixed-use development of retail shops, restaurants, a hotel and apartments, much of which is still under construction. “I do think it’s a model for other organizations,” Manfred said. “We ask our fans to do a lot. They come...
Braves great ‘Murph’ can empathize with Suzuki trying to catch knuckler

Braves great ‘Murph’ can empathize with Suzuki trying to catch knuckler

Kurt Suzuki will catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey again Saturday in Dickey’s second Braves start, and the veteran catcher can only hope things go smoother than in the first. And Dale Murphy, a former catcher, is among the select group who can empathize. With his three passed balls in Saturday’s game at Pittsburgh, Suzuki matched or surpassed his season total for passed balls in each of...
Swanson in a ‘good place’ despite statistics, hitting coach says

Swanson in a ‘good place’ despite statistics, hitting coach says

Dansby Swanson came back from the Braves’ eight-game season-opening trip lugging a .167 batting average in 36 at-bats and a .211 on-base percentage, with more than four times as many strikeouts (nine) as walks (two) and with his only home run coming on a homer Sunday at Pittsburgh. But the Braves and their young shortstop weren’t concerned at all, since Swanson — he was 1-for-8 in...
Opening Day at SunTrust Park: ‘This is a baseball city’

Opening Day at SunTrust Park: ‘This is a baseball city’

Back in my comic-book days — sorry if I’m divulging too much information here — the Marvel mags would offer this tease, usually whenever a major character would die therein: “Not a hoax! Not a dream! Not an imaginary tale!” Call me weird — you won’t be the first — but that bit of hard sell kept flashing across this fevered brain Friday, and not in an...
Braves recall pitcher Luke Jackson from Gwinnett

Braves recall pitcher Luke Jackson from Gwinnett

The Braves recalled right-hander Luke Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday and put him in the bullpen for the home opener against the Padres. The Braves optioned Jackson to Gwinnett late in spring training. Jackson, 25, started for the G-Braves on Monday and allowed three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and one walk. “He threw the ball really well, actually, so it kind...
Braves outfielder Kemp aims for Wednesday return from DL

Braves outfielder Kemp aims for Wednesday return from DL

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp said he plans to return from injury Wednesday, the first day he’s eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list. He said he doesn’t need a rehabilitation stint in the minor leagues for his right hamstring injury. “No, I’m ready,” Kemp said Friday. “I will be ready. Mentally, I am staying focused in the cage and doing what I...
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