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Braves get Flowers grand slam in 6-run inning to rout against Reds

However your Sunday went, chances are it was more enjoyable than Drew Storen’s afternoon at the park. Tyler Flowers hit a grand slam and the Braves pounced on Reds reliever Storen for six runs in the fifth inning of an 8-1 win to avert a sweep at SunTrust Park, where Atlanta rookie Sean Newcomb picked up his second win and first home win by working out of a few tight spots before his teammate...



Flowers on extension: ‘Hopefully that’s something on Braves’ mind’

Flowers on extension: ‘Hopefully that’s something on Braves’ mind’

Tyler Flowers has exceeded expectations in his return home. And he hopes the Braves reward him with a contract extension. Flowers, a Roswell native, has filled what once appeared to be a huge void at catcher. In his second season with the Braves, he’s put together the best statistical season of his career.  Flowers is hitting a career-best .293, well above his collective .241 average since...
Nearing final stretch, Braves search for 2018 contributors

Nearing final stretch, Braves search for 2018 contributors

After a 3-4 road trip, the Braves return to SunTrust Park for a nine-game homestand, their third from last stint at their new home, that begins Friday night. The latest week away was more of the same enigmatic Braves who’ve been both exhilarating and frustrating in the third season of general manager John Coppolella’s rebuild. The Braves are on a roughly 73-win pace, which would be a five-game...
LEADOFF: Games return today to what used to be Turner Field

LEADOFF: Games return today to what used to be Turner Field

For the first time since the Braves defeated the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 2, ballgames will be played at what used to be called Turner Field today.  Football games, that is.  The $26 million transformation of The Ted from a baseball diamond to a football gridiron, from Turner Field to Georgia State Stadium, will be on display with two high school football games in the annual Corky Kell...
Inciarte homers twice, Sims gets 1st win as Braves pound Rockies

Inciarte homers twice, Sims gets 1st win as Braves pound Rockies

DENVER – Lucas Sims passed his first Coors Field test in impressive fashion to earn his first major league win, and the Braves rebounded from one of their worst losses in recent memory by powering their way to a one-sided win of their own some 15 hours later. Ender Inciarte hit two of the Braves’ four home runs in a 10-4 rout against the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field, giving...
Vizcaino making most of second chance as Braves closer

Vizcaino making most of second chance as Braves closer

DENVER – A year after Arodys Vizcaino’s promising early-season stint as Braves closer was dashed by a series of injuries, he’s back in the role and pitching as if he wants to keep the job as long as possible. He has a 2.28 ERA in 47 appearances, and since moving into the closer role this month “Viz” has been dominant, converting five of five save opportunities while allowing...
Foltynewicz thumped early in Braves’ 17-2 loss to Rockies

Foltynewicz thumped early in Braves’ 17-2 loss to Rockies

If you want a positive spin on Mike Foltynewicz’s performance Wednesday night at Coors Field, how about this: The last time he gave up 11 hits and eight runs in 3 1/3 innings, at Washington on June 12, the Braves right-hander pitched really well in his next seven starts. If that pattern repeats, Foltynewicz should be good for most of the remainder of the season after posting a similarly brutal...
Post-Chipper Braves a carnival of change at third

Post-Chipper Braves a carnival of change at third

A meeting of noted Braves third basemen breaks out, post-game. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Next year, Chipper Jones should be the last of the 1990s Braves to join baseball’s Hall of Fame. Tempus fugit. His last-ever game – the 2012 wildcard loss to St. Louis in which he went 1-for-5 and committed a devastating error – was a nightmare. Everything before that was pretty...
Braves capitalize on Arenado error, snap 11-game Coors Field skid

Braves capitalize on Arenado error, snap 11-game Coors Field skid

DENVER – Dansby Swanson had two hits including a two-run double and Nick Markakis hit the longest home run he’s hit in his three seasons with the Braves. But it took an eighth-inning error from a most unlikely source, Rockies four-time Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado, to help the Braves’ finally change their fortunes at Coors Field. Brandon Phillips scored the go-ahead run...
N. Fulton native signs NBA G-League deal with Spurs

N. Fulton native signs NBA G-League deal with Spurs

Joining Lorenzo Brown, Malik Beasley and Kobi Simmons, north Fulton County has another player in the NBA.  ESPN reports that Jaron Blossomgame – a Chattahoochee High School graduate – agreed to a standard G-League contract with the Austin Spurs, an affiliate for the NBA’s San Antonio team.  Initial reports said Blossomgame signed a two-way deal – ...
LEADOFF: A $50 million windfall for Braves reported

LEADOFF: A $50 million windfall for Braves reported

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, an early look at Atlanta sports.  The chief executive of Braves owner Liberty Media applauded Major League Baseball’s sale of a controlling stake in its video streaming company BAMTech to Disney for $1.58 billion.  “Everything I’ve seen, which is not as complete as some, is very positive … for baseball and for the Atlanta Braves and...
Teheran terrific, but Braves bullpen falters in 3-0 loss to Rockies

Teheran terrific, but Braves bullpen falters in 3-0 loss to Rockies

DENVER – Julio Teheran pitched brilliantly in the hitters’ haven that is Coors Field on Monday night, but the Braves wasted several scoring opportunities before everything went awry in an eighth inning that saw the bullpen falter and a bouncing grounder get past shortstop Dansby Swanson. Swanson’s play – initially ruled an error but changed to a hit — on a Gerardo Parra...
Dickey, Phillips come through as Braves beat Cardinals to end skid

Dickey, Phillips come through as Braves beat Cardinals to end skid

ST. LOUIS – When the Braves finally beat the Cardinals on Sunday, they did it by scoring multiple early runs and getting a strong performance from their starting pitcher, two elements sorely lacking during their recent slide from realistic hopes for wild-card contention. R.A. Dickey didn’t give up a run until the seventh inning and Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer for the Braves in...
9th-inning rally falls short for Braves in 6-5 loss to Cardinals

9th-inning rally falls short for Braves in 6-5 loss to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS – For the second consecutive night, the Cardinals capitalized on a young Braves pitcher’s mistakes in one game-changing inning to take control of things without needing to hit a home run. Friday it was two walks issued by Mike Foltynewicz in a four-run second inning. Saturday it was two batters hit by pitches from Braves starter Lucas Sims in a three-run fourth inning when the...
Ronald Acuna, Kris Medlen lead the Gwinnett Braves to a victory

Ronald Acuna, Kris Medlen lead the Gwinnett Braves to a victory

Right fielder Ronald Acuna had another big game as the Gwinnett Braves beat the Louisville Bats 7-3 Saturday night in Triple-A baseball in Lawrenceville. Acuna went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base to lead the G-Braves (58-60). Gwinnett’s Kris Medlen (2-5) earned a win by pitching six innings. He gave up one run and just two hits while walking...
Albies homers, but Foltynewicz struggles mightily in loss to Cardinals

Albies homers, but Foltynewicz struggles mightily in loss to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS – Ozzie Albies demonstrated his Pocket Hercules-type power with the second three-run homer of his fledgling major league career, but the hole that Mike Foltynewicz put the Braves in early proved too much to overcome against the surging Cardinals. Foltynewicz gave up seven hits and six runs in 2 2/3 innings, the briefest start of his major league career, and the Cardinals extended their...
Braves minor leaguer gets 72-game PED suspension

Braves minor leaguer gets 72-game PED suspension

Braves minor league pitcher Madinson Colon was suspended 72 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspension was announced Friday by the baseball commissioner’s office. Colon, 19, is on the Dominican Summer League rookie-ball roster. The right-hander was 0-3 with an 18.41 ERA in eight relief appearances, allowing nine hits, 15 earned...
Braves prospect Andrew Albers improves to 12-3 in Triple-A

Braves prospect Andrew Albers improves to 12-3 in Triple-A

Andrew Albers pitched eight shutout innings and drove in a run with a single to lead the Gwinnett Braves to a 3-1 win over the Louisville Bats on Thursday night at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. The 31-year-old Albers allowed just one run and seven hits and struck out four and walked two. Albers (12-3) became Gwinnett’s first 12-game winner since Julio Teheran went 15-3 in 2011...
Among recent champions, Spieth looks better than Garcia in PGA

Among recent champions, Spieth looks better than Garcia in PGA

Jordan Spieth crouches near his ball on the first fairway during first round action of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club Thursday in Charlotte. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer) CHARLOTTE — There is a point in any great athlete’s career when he’s suddenly in the club — famous to even the famous. Jordan Spieth’s moment came last month. In Cabo San...
Ozzie Albies: The Braves’ own ‘Little Giant’ leaves lasting impressions

Ozzie Albies: The Braves’ own ‘Little Giant’ leaves lasting impressions

“Who is this little guy?” Lucas Sims remembers the first time he saw 16-year-old Ozzie Albies. The infielder, fresh off signing with the Braves for $350,000 as an international free agent from Curacao, was at his first instructional league. “I remember when he showed up,” Sims, now a Braves rookie starter, said. “He was a little guy. He was small. He was quiet. But you...
LEADOFF: Two UGA players ranked in SI’s top 100

LEADOFF: Two UGA players ranked in SI’s top 100

Good morning. This is LEADOFF, an early look at Atlanta sports.  This is the time of year for prematurely ranking everything about the coming college football season. Yesterday, we told you  where CBS Sports ranks this state’s four FBS-level teams among  130 programs nationwide. And just in case that compilation left you wondering where individual players rank among the nation&rsquo...
Taking a deeper look at Braves’ season-long misery versus Phillies

Taking a deeper look at Braves’ season-long misery versus Phillies

The Braves’ inability to beat the Phillies might completely change one’s perception of their season. Since 2012, the Braves own a 58-49 mark against the Phillies, their second-best record against any opponent (Miami, 64-40). But that hasn’t meant anything in 2017. Philadelphia defeated the Braves again, 3-2 at SunTrust Park on Wednesday night. It completed a two-game sweep after...
Braves swept again by Phillies, have lost 11 of 13 against them

Braves swept again by Phillies, have lost 11 of 13 against them

It was one thing for the Nationals to dominate the Braves during the previous couple of seasons. The Nationals were really good. It’s quite another for the Phillies to do to the Braves what they’ve done this season. The Phillies are not good. They are bad. As in, worst-record-in-the-majors bad. But for the 11th time in 13 games between the teams, the Phillies beat the Braves Wednesday...
Swanson, Albies team up in majors for first time

Swanson, Albies team up in majors for first time

Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies are together again. The infield duo was slotted in the same lineup for the first time at the major league level, with Albies manning second base and Swanson back at shortstop. Swanson skipped Triple-A Gwinnett in route to his first taste of the bigs, but he and Albies played together last year in Double-A Mississippi. “It’s always a joy playing with him...
Kemp could begin rehab assignment after Braves’ trip

Kemp could begin rehab assignment after Braves’ trip

Braves outfielder Matt Kemp will travel with the team on the coming seven-game road trip and could begin a rehab assignment upon returning, according to Braves manager Brian Snitker. Kemp was placed on the disabled list July 29 after leaving a game in Philadelphia with a right hamstring strain. “He’s going to go with us on the trip so (Director of Player and Health Performance) Andrew...
Max Fried reflects on first appearance, new relief role

Max Fried reflects on first appearance, new relief role

Max Fried looked around the bullpen, pointed a finger at himself and asked for clarification when he was informed he would take the mound for the eighth inning of the Braves’ 5-2 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday. Fried entered his first game three days after he was promoted from Double-A Mississippi. He threw two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a pair of walks with one strikeout. &ldquo...
SunTrust Park ups Braves’ financial game

SunTrust Park ups Braves’ financial game

The move to SunTrust Park is paying off for the Braves, according to financial results disclosed Wednesday. The Braves brought in revenue of $176 million in the April-through-June quarter, a 34 percent increase from $131 million in the same period last year, team owner Liberty Media said in its quarterly financial report. Expenses also were up sharply, but the Braves’ operating profit before...
Nicknames Braves players will wear on Player’s Weekend

Nicknames Braves players will wear on Player’s Weekend

Major league players will wear customized jerseys with their nicknames on the back for this year’s for MLB’s Player’s Weekend on Aug. 25-27.  Each Atlanta Braves player will customize their jersey for the three-game weekend series against the Colorado Rockies. After Player’s Weekend, the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned on MLB.com with the proceeds benefiting ...
Braves recall Dansby Swanson from Triple-A Gwinnett

Braves recall Dansby Swanson from Triple-A Gwinnett

Dansby Swanson’s sooner-than-expected return to the majors Wednesday won’t be nearly the headline-grabbing event that his demotion was two weeks ago. The rookie shortstop was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett following Johan Camargo’s knee injury Tuesday. Swanson was in the Braves’ lineup Wednesday night against the Phillies, batting eighth. Yes, The Flow is back in The...
Falcons ensure roster stability with Freeman contract extension

Falcons ensure roster stability with Freeman contract extension

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) reacts during NFL football training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) The potential biggest distraction of Falcons’ training camp never really left the station. The team reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension with Devonta Freeman. The life of the contract would be worth ...
Braves’ revenue jumps 34% in new stadium, Liberty Media says

Braves’ revenue jumps 34% in new stadium, Liberty Media says

The Braves’ revenue increased by 34 percent in their first three months in their new stadium, team owner Liberty Media disclosed Wednesday.  The Braves had revenue of $176 million in the April-through-June quarter, an increase of $45 million from $131 million in the same period last year.  “The increase in Braves revenue in the quarter was primarily attributable to an increase...
Teheran drops 8th straight home decision, Phillies beat Braves again

Teheran drops 8th straight home decision, Phillies beat Braves again

The night started dreadfully for the Braves when rookie shortstop Johan Camargo injured a knee running onto the field before the first pitch Tuesday, and things didn’t get appreciably better from there for the home team against their unlikely nemesis, the Philadelphia Phillies. Julio Teheran gave up five runs in five innings and dropped his eighth consecutive home decision in a 5-2 loss to the...
Johan Camargo suffers bone bruise in right knee

Johan Camargo suffers bone bruise in right knee

Johan Camargo injured his right knee when trotting out to the field before the first inning Tuesday. Brian Snitker announced after the game that he suffered a bone bruise and will head to the disabled list. He’s expected to miss up to a couple weeks but will avoid surgery. Snitker said he expects Dansby Swanson to be called up to the team for Wednesday’s game. While running out from the...
Newcomb works to improve command before next start

Newcomb works to improve command before next start

Immediately after Sean Newcomb’s last start, he and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez started to work on fixing command issues. Newcomb, who walked seven of the 25 batters he faced against the Dodgers, has struggled to find the strike zone in his past five outings after starting his big league career strongly. The left-hander has always had issues with walks. In multiple stints throughout the minors...
In world of dollars and sense, will Braves raise player budget?

In world of dollars and sense, will Braves raise player budget?

Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei (left) made a rare visit to Atlanta in 2016. Here he is with Braves chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk at a game at Turner Field. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com) According to a recent accounting, via my Googling fingers, Liberty Media Corporation has assets totaling $31.377 billion and a current market value of $13.055 billion, give or take a drachma...
LEADOFF: A ratings sweep for Braves

LEADOFF: A ratings sweep for Braves

The Braves scored a sweep of sorts over the weekend, winning their TV time slot in the Atlanta market for all three games of the series against the Marlins.  Each game posted a higher local Nielsen rating than any other  programming on TV in Atlanta at the same time, according to Fox Sports South.  Friday night’s game drew a 3.4 rating, making it No. 1 in that night’s 7...
Brian Snitker welcomes next wave of rookie Braves

Brian Snitker welcomes next wave of rookie Braves

It was a memorable week at SunTrust Park. The Braves hosted their alumni over the weekend, from Phil Niekro to John Smoltz to Bobby Cox. But it was the three new faces who grabbed the headlines. Enter infielder Ozzie Albies and pitchers Lucas Sims and Max Fried. All heralded prospects, each realized a lifelong dream by reaching the majors last week. There are another two or three waves on the way...
Chipper credits Baylor for vaulting him to MVP level

Chipper credits Baylor for vaulting him to MVP level

  Don Baylor, who died Monday after a long battle with cancer, spent just one season as Braves hitting coach in 1999 but had a profound impact on a switch-hitting third baseman who was on his way to becoming one of the greatest players in franchise history. Chipper Jones credits Baylor for helping him change his approach from the right side of the plate at spring training that year, a development...
6 things we’ve learned about Braves at SunTrust Park so far this season

6 things we’ve learned about Braves at SunTrust Park so far this season

The Atlanta Braves have now played 54 games at SunTrust Park. Atlanta is third in the National League East with a 51-59 overall record -- 26-28 at their new home.  With two months left in the regular season, here's a look at some notable stats that have emerged during the first season at SunTrust.
Georgia State’s video board will be eighth largest in college football

Georgia State’s video board will be eighth largest in college football

When the 2017 college football season kicks off this month, the Panthers will open Georgia State Stadium with one of the biggest video boards in the game. The 71-foot-by-79-foot screen was installed in 2005 by the Atlanta Braves in what was known as Turner Field. What was once the world’s largest outdoor high-definition display will ONLY be the eighth largest in college football. Auburn, Texas...
Sims gives up two homers, fights through six innings in second start

Sims gives up two homers, fights through six innings in second start

Lucas Sims’ second career start began about as poorly as he could’ve imagined. After quietly retiring Marlins leadoff man Miguel Rojas with a soft pop to right field, Sims fell into murderer’s row, the Marlins’ outfield: He hit Giancarlo Stanton, walked Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna brought them home with a three-run fly. To make matters worse, catcher J.T. Realmuto took...
Back-to-back homers in 1st off Sims carry Marlins past Braves

Back-to-back homers in 1st off Sims carry Marlins past Braves

Growing pains are frustrating for rookie pitchers and often for the paying fans who watch them. That’s particularly true when they occur in the first inning on a muggy afternoon, as happened Sunday when Braves rookie Lucas Sims gave up four runs to the Marlins on a pair of homers that took the buzz out of a crowd that had turned out at SunTrust Park hoping to see the home team complete a series...
Jace Peterson, Lane Adams giving Braves formidable pinch-hit duo

Jace Peterson, Lane Adams giving Braves formidable pinch-hit duo

The Braves have plenty of shortcomings, but pinch-hitting options aren’t currently among them. Jace Peterson, bouncing between Triple-A Gwinnett and Atlanta, has flown under the radar as a pinch-hitter. With his double against the Marlins on Sunday, the utilityman is hitting .417 (5-for-12) as a pinch-hitter. Outfielder Lane Adams, another of the team’s featured pinch-hitters, is batting...
Braves add to NL lead in double plays grounded into

Braves add to NL lead in double plays grounded into

When Nick Markakis grounded into a double play to end the fourth inning and the Braves’ first scoring opportunity Sunday against the Marlins, it was the National League-leading 100th double play grounded into by the Braves this season. Three American League teams had more GIDPs, but the Cubs (96) and Cardinals (93) were the only NL teams besides the Braves with as many as 90 GIDPs before Sunday...
Arodys Vizcaino relishing Braves closer role

Arodys Vizcaino relishing Braves closer role

Arodys Vizcaino is informally the Braves’ closer again. Vizcaino came in Saturday to finish off the Marlins, his third save since Aug. 2. He retook the ninth inning role from Jim Johnson, who blew a majors-high eight saves. After blowing his third save in seven opportunities in Philadelphia July 30, Braves manager Brian Snitker removed Johnson from the role. Vizcaino wasn’t officially...
Freeman, Foltynewicz guide Braves to first series win since mid-July

Freeman, Foltynewicz guide Braves to first series win since mid-July

The Braves put on a show for the 40,731 in attendance on Alumni Day. Defeating the Marlins 7-2 on Saturday night, the Braves clinched their first series win since sweeping the Diamondbacks on July 14-16. It’s their second series win since the All-Star break. Mike Foltynewicz pitched 6 1/3 innings, setting a new career-high with 11 strikeouts and no walks. “Everything felt good today,&rdquo...
Foltynewicz’s career-high 11 strikeouts lead Braves over Marlins

Foltynewicz’s career-high 11 strikeouts lead Braves over Marlins

Pitching in front of Braves legends on Alumni Day, Mike Foltynewicz delivered a performance reminiscent of the glory days. Foltynewicz’s career-day and Freddie Freeman’s four RBIs led the Braves to a 7-2 win over the Marlins in what originally began as a classic pitchers’ duel Saturday night at SunTrust Park. Foltynewicz went 6 1/3 innings (99 pitches), holding the Marlins to four...
Braves’ Andrew Albers dominates in Triple-A start

Braves’ Andrew Albers dominates in Triple-A start

 Andrew Albers pitched eight shutouts innings as the Gwinnett Braves beat the host Charlotte Knights 2-0 Saturday night. Albers improved to 11-3 in Triple-A by striking out 10. He allowed just five hits and one walk. Albers has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings over his last two starts, lowering his ERA to 2.72. Gwinnett right fielder Ronald Acuna went 1-for-3 with a walk and is hitting...
Braves’ Camargo fills role once envisioned for Rodriguez

Braves’ Camargo fills role once envisioned for Rodriguez

The Braves signed Sean Rodriguez with the intention of adding a starting second baseman and versatile chess piece to their defense. A car accident involving Rodriguez and his family stalled that vision. Rodriguez worked his way back to join the active roster in July. But Saturday, the Braves traded Rodriguez back to the Pirates, who he played with in 2015 and 2016. Rodriguez had become expendable...
Max Fried thankful, overwhelmed at joining Braves

Max Fried thankful, overwhelmed at joining Braves

Max Fried was engulfed in a “whirlwind of emotions.” Fried, the 23-year-old lefty pitching prospect, was told around 11:30 Friday night he’d jump from the Double-A Mississippi Braves to the Atlanta Braves. He will work out of the bullpen, available Saturday. The Braves acquired Fried, who was recovering from Tommy John surgery, from San Diego in 2014 in the Justin Upton deal. Fried...
Left-hander Max Fried promoted to Braves, will join bullpen

Left-hander Max Fried promoted to Braves, will join bullpen

Max Fried will get his time in the spotlight. The Braves promoted infielder Ozzie Albies and starter Lucas Sims on Tuesday. Now, in a more surprising move, the left-handed pitcher Fried joins the team, skipping Triple-A for the bigs. The 23-year-old Fried will join the Braves’ bullpen for Saturday’s game against Miami, the team announced. Reliever Jason Hursh was optioned to Gwinnett....
Braves likely to bring back Snitker; Freeman praises him to execs

Braves likely to bring back Snitker; Freeman praises him to execs

With the Braves looking to the future and Freddie Freeman feeling the need to do the same, the team’s best player and longest tenured veteran did something unusual recently. He left the confines of the clubhouse, walked to the executive office and, unsolicited, gave a stirring endorsement of manager Brian Snitker. “I went to them a couple of weeks ago and expressed to them that we love...
Markakis 3-run homer sends Braves to win over Marlins, Stanton

Markakis 3-run homer sends Braves to win over Marlins, Stanton

One night after he became the 10th active member of baseball’s 2,000-hit club, Nick Markakis joined the 163-homer club. Ok, it’s not quite as prestigious, but Markakis’ 163rd home run was a big one, a three-run shot in the sixth inning Friday night to send the Braves to a 5-3 win against the Marlins at SunTrust Park in a series opener previously dominated by Marlins man-mountain...
Braves likely to bring back Snitker; Freeman praises him to front office

Braves likely to bring back Snitker; Freeman praises him to front office

Braves manager Brian Snitker, who was an interim replacement for the fired Fredi Gonzalez in 2016 and then kept for this season, has not been told anything about his status for 2018. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) With the Braves looking to the future and Freddie Freeman feeling the need to do the same, the team’s best player and longest tenured veteran did something...
Braves trade minor leaguer Ventura to Reds for bonus-slot money

Braves trade minor leaguer Ventura to Reds for bonus-slot money

The Braves made a minor but creative trade Friday, sending minor league outfielder Randy Ventura to the Reds in exchange for $1.25 million in international bonus slot money that can be used to sign international free agents who aren’t subject to the draft. Ventura, 20, is a speedy singles-type hitter who batted .294 at high-Single A Rome with nine extra-base hits (one homer), a .338 OBP and...
Albies homers in 9th, but Braves fall 7-4 to Dodgers

Albies homers in 9th, but Braves fall 7-4 to Dodgers

Sean Newcomb walked seven of 25 batters he faced and Braves hitters went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and failed to score after loading the bases with none out, but did get a ninth-ining homer from Ozzie Albies, a resounding first major lague hit for the undersized dynamo prospect. That about summed up the proceedings at SunTrust Park, where the Braves gave the Dodgers too many scoring...
Braves will have Matt Wisler work exclusively as reliever

Braves will have Matt Wisler work exclusively as reliever

If Matt Wisler is going to be part of the Braves’ future, it will be in the bullpen. The former Padres top prospect and once promising Braves starter has fallen behind the curve. In an effort to best find his niche, Wisler will begin working exclusively from the bullpen in Triple-A Gwinnett, according to Braves manager Brian Snitker. “There’s been a number of starters over the past...
Ex-Bulldog and Brave Alex Wood chases World Series ring in L.A.

Ex-Bulldog and Brave Alex Wood chases World Series ring in L.A.

Alex Wood loves coming home, though he hopes Thursday brings more luck than his last start against the Braves. Wood, one of the Dodgers’ six All-Stars, takes the mound against Sean Newcomb in the finale of a three-game set between the Braves and Dodgers. The winner takes the season series. The Braves tagged Wood for nine runs in their last meeting, July 21 in Los Angeles. Wood was 11-0 with...
Freeman wishes Wood still with Braves, excited to face him again

Freeman wishes Wood still with Braves, excited to face him again

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman looks forward to a rematch against his former teammate Alex Wood. Wood, who pitched for the Braves from 2013-15, takes the mound Thursday in a game that will determine who wins the season series between the Braves and Dodgers. The Braves traded the former University of Georgia star to the Dodgers two seasons ago. Wood has emerged as one of the better pitchers in...
Luiz Gohara hopes to join Braves this season

Luiz Gohara hopes to join Braves this season

Luiz Gohara’s Triple-A debut left much to be desired. His first appearance at Coolray Field flashed the promise that has him ranked among the best 100 prospects in baseball. The G-Braves starter pitched six innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out eight in his home debut Wednesday. He patrolled his way through two-on trouble twice, earning a 5-2 win. “Pitching at this level...
Flowers’ pinch-hit homer lifts Braves past Dodgers — again

Flowers’ pinch-hit homer lifts Braves past Dodgers — again

The Dodgers have the best record in the majors and are in the midst of one of the greatest two-month runs in major league history, but the Braves must look at that and go, pfft. Because the Braves, of all teams, have made them look like mere mortals during that otherwise torrid stretch. Tyler Flowers hit a two-run, two-out pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning Wednesday to lift the Braves to a 5-3...
Luiz Gohara has strong outing for the Gwinnett Braves

Luiz Gohara has strong outing for the Gwinnett Braves

Gwinnett starter Luiz Gohara allowed just one run in six innings and Ronald Acuna had an RBI single as the Braves beat the Norfolk Tides 5-2 Wednesday night in Lawrenceville. Gohara allowed a run in the first inning and settled down after that. He gave up five hits and walked one and struck out eight. Acuna was 1-for-3 and is hitting .325. Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson went 0-for-4, dropping...
Kyle Farmer returns home to Atlanta as newest clutch Dodger

Kyle Farmer returns home to Atlanta as newest clutch Dodger

When Alex Wood texted Dave Roberts to give him the scoop on the newest Dodger, he specifically told him he was clutch. Kyle Farmer proved to be just that. In his first major league at bat, Farmer came up with runners on first and second and the Dodgers trailing by one run in the 11th inning. He quickly fell behind in an 0-2 count. “I was more nervous when he stepped in the box for his first...
The Braves show why building a farm system is a volume business

The Braves show why building a farm system is a volume business

Lucas Sims in his big-league debut. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Here’s why you build a farm system. Here’s where every move you make, even the little ones, is designed to bring back something – a player, a draft pick, an international signing slot – that could someday become an on-field asset. Here’s why, even if your minor leaguers are rated baseball&rsquo...
‘I’m at peace down here’: Dansby Swanson speaks after Braves demotion

‘I’m at peace down here’: Dansby Swanson speaks after Braves demotion

Amid a season-long slump and sudden demotion, Dansby Swanson is still smiling. Somehow. Demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett on July 27, the Braves’ fallen wunderkind spoke to the media for the first time Wednesday, addressing a new low in what’s been a disappointing campaign for the 23-year-old from Marietta. By Swanson’s remarks, you wouldn’t know it’s been a difficult summer...
How’d that Freeman-at-third-base thing go? Not so hot

How’d that Freeman-at-third-base thing go? Not so hot

This just looks wrong. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) On the day Freddie Freeman is handed his plaque in Cooperstown — I know I’m getting ahead of things, but I just got back from there and it’s my way of nudging myself to collate and file expenses — we’ll scratch our heads and say, “Hey, wasn’t there a time when the Atlanta...
Ozzie Albies has ‘fun’ in Braves debut

Ozzie Albies has ‘fun’ in Braves debut

It was the most significant 0-for-2 in Ozzie Albies’ life. The Braves’ prospect made his major league debut Tuesday, starting at second and batting seventh in the order in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. “It was fun,” Albies said. “I just had fun with it. Just the same game. I didn’t even realize we’re just playing baseball. It’s the same game...
Five years later, Lucas Sims debuts with his hometown Braves

Five years later, Lucas Sims debuts with his hometown Braves

Lucas Sims did about as well as the Braves could have hoped against the MLB-best Dodgers, but spotty defense and seven innings of stagnant offense resulted in a 3-2 loss in Sims’ debut Tuesday at SunTrust Park. The 23-year-old Lawrenceville native pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs. “I tried my best to just slow it down, stay in the moment,” Sims said. “Sounds...
Sims solid in debut, Braves’ late rally falls short in 3-2 loss

Sims solid in debut, Braves’ late rally falls short in 3-2 loss

It was a two-rookie debut night for the Braves with the Dodgers in town and a buzz among the Tuesday crowd of more than 32,000 at SunTrust Park, large for an early week game in Atlanta against anyone other than the Cubs, Cardinals, Yankees or Red Sox. Second baseman Ozzie Albies and pitcher Lucas Sims weren’t enough to help the Braves end a losing streak that reached six games with a 3-2 defeat...
Braves’ top prospect Ronald Acuna has three-hit game

Braves’ top prospect Ronald Acuna has three-hit game

Top prospect Ronald Acuna had three more hits but the Gwinnett Braves fell to Norfolk 3-2 Tuesday in Lawrenceville. Acuna’s hits came in five at-bats and pushed his average to .325 in Triple-A.  Shortstop Dansby Swanson went 1-for-5 with an RBI and is hitting .263 since being demoted by the big-league Braves. Acuna had a double and scored a run. He played center field. Former Braves player...
For Braves, this year becomes next year: Albies and Sims in, Phillips out

For Braves, this year becomes next year: Albies and Sims in, Phillips out

Braves rookie infielder Ozzie Albies was recalled from Triple A Gwinnett and made his major league debut Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) There’s a story in Greek mythology in which Icarus attempts to escape Crete by using wings made of feathers and wax. The problem was Icarus was like all punk millennials and he ignored...
Ozzie Albies joins Braves clubhouse to much fanfare

Ozzie Albies joins Braves clubhouse to much fanfare

On Tuesday, Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies became the first player born in 1997 to reach the major leagues. The Braves’ No. 2 prospect, Albies received the much-anticipated callup prior to the team’s series opener against the Dodgers at SunTrust Park. “When they told me, I started jumping around the house, screaming,” Albies said. “… I just forgot about everything...
Welcome to 2018? Braves call up Albies, joins Sims vs. Dodgers

Welcome to 2018? Braves call up Albies, joins Sims vs. Dodgers

Gwinnett Braves infielder Ozzie Albies, here before an at bat before a game against the Toledo Mud Hens, has been called up by the Braves. (Photo by Jason Getz)   The online odds service Bovada put out updated postseason odds Tuesday, with the Braves listed as 200-1 long shots to win the World Series. Meanwhile, back on earth, the team has accepted reality: It&rsquo...
NBA player to host youth camp at N. Fulton high school

NBA player to host youth camp at N. Fulton high school

Malik Beasley was one of the best basketball players St. Francis High School ever had. The Alpharetta native scored 1,959 points and grabbed 728 rebounds for the Knights and led them to two state titles before he graduated and went to Florida State. In May, the high school retired his No. 5 jersey. Now in the NBA and playing with the Denver Nuggets, Beasley is coming back to north Fulton County...
Highway in N. Fulton dedicated and renamed for John Smoltz

Highway in N. Fulton dedicated and renamed for John Smoltz

Google Maps will need an edit. A stretch of Old Milton Parkway has been renamed and dedicated to one of the greatest pitchers in Atlanta Braves’ history. State Senator Brandon Beach sponsored the resolution to change the stretch of Old Milton Parkway from GA 400 to Highway 9 in north Fulton County as John Smoltz Highway. That proposal was included in a larger resolution of state  ...
How Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium

How Turner Field turned into Georgia State’s football stadium

The dugouts have been removed. The natural-grass baseball field has been turned into an artificial-turf football field. A new grandstand has been constructed in what used to be right field. Turner Field, the Braves’ home of the past 20 years, is now the Georgia State football team’s stadium. Georgia State Stadium — the facility’s temporary moniker until a naming-rights agreement...
Braves stand pat at MLB trade deadline

Braves stand pat at MLB trade deadline

The Braves stood pat at MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline on Monday afternoon. Multiple reports indicated that the Braves were in talks with the Athletics about acquiring starting pitcher Sonny Gray. But the Yankees ended up getting Gray in exchange for three prospects and $1.5 million in international bonus pool money. After sweeping the Diamondbacks July 14-16 the Braves were 45-45, the first...
The Braves make no deal at the deadline – and that’s just fine

The Braves make no deal at the deadline – and that’s just fine

Sometimes there’s no deal to be made. (Hyosub Shin/AJC) The Braves made the obvious trade last week, moving Jaime Garcia to the Twins , who have since re-gifted him to the Yankees. A market for left-handed starting pitchers, even if they’re rentals and nothing special, always exists. Beyond Garcia, this year’s market failed the...
Braves to call up Lucas Sims for majors debut

Braves to call up Lucas Sims for majors debut

The Braves said they will promote pitching prospect Lucas Sims from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his major-league debut on Tuesday against the Dodgers. The Braves selected Sims in the first round of the 2012 draft out of Brookwood High School. Sims, 23, was one of their top prospects before the Braves reinforced the farm system with several trades. Sims began this season with Gwinnett and has a 3.75...
Kirby Smart knows Georgia has to step up in his second season

Kirby Smart knows Georgia has to step up in his second season

Georgia coach Kirby Smart gestures speaks to the media on the first day of preseason camp on Monday in Athens. (AP photo) ATHENS – There were times in Kirby Smart’s first season when he used the, “It takes time to turn around a big ship” analogy, which probably weren’t the best choice of words to fall back on because the program he inherited was coming off...
Phillies complete four-game sweep of Braves

Phillies complete four-game sweep of Braves

The Braves were supposed to get a break in Philadelphia. After a two-week run of games against playoff contenders, including the majors-best Dodgers, the Phillies offered the chance for a respite. They’d played better lately but still had the worst record in the majors. But there would be no breather for the Braves. Instead, the Phillies roughed them up. The Phillies won 7-6 on Monday to complete...
The Braves at the deadline: Don’t expect much (but you never know)

The Braves at the deadline: Don’t expect much (but you never know)

One man John Coppolella will never trade: The legendary Walter Banks. (M. Bradley) SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The word around Cooperstown on Sunday was that the Atlanta Braves aren’t apt to do much of note before today’s trade deadline arrive and might well do nothing at all. I still think they’ll do a little something, mostly because I don’t believe John ...
Where to park for Georgia State football games

Where to park for Georgia State football games

Georgia State football will open Georgia State Stadium -- formerly the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field -- this fall. Individual game tickets for the stadium’s inaugural season  go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. Panthers fans are encouraged to purchase parking passes ahead of time Single game parking ranges from $10 if purchased in advance, to $20 if purchased on game day. (See parking...
The case for Jim Johnson as Braves closer (really)

The case for Jim Johnson as Braves closer (really)

Jim Johnson might still be the best option for Braves closer. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA–I had the same reaction as many when Braves manager Brian Snitker said he wasn’t ready to try a new closer after Jim Johnson blew another save Saturday night. If three blown saves in the last seven and a majors-high eight overall ...
Braves’ Snitker says Johnson no longer primary closer

Braves’ Snitker says Johnson no longer primary closer

Braves right-hander Jim Johnson no longer is the team’s primary closer after his recent struggles prompted manager Brian Snitker to try others in the role. Johnson blew his majors-high eighth save and his third in his last seven chances on Saturday against the Phillies. The next day Johnson pitched the eighth inning with the score tied, and Snitker said he was holding back right-hander Arodys...
Phillies beat Braves with another walk-off

Phillies beat Braves with another walk-off

This was a game when R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball moved late and erratically, which means a good day for him and a tough one for catcher Kurt Suzuki. That led to an assortment of walks, wild pitches and passed balls on Sunday but it also meant Dickey was tough for the Phillies to hit. He was effective over seven innings but the Braves continued their recent trend of struggling to convert scoring...
Another Brave in the Hall of Fame: John Schuerholz, the architect

Another Brave in the Hall of Fame: John Schuerholz, the architect

The sign says it all. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images) COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — On the day before the trade deadline, baseball inaugurated the author of a historic pre-deadline trade into its Hall of Fame. Fred McGriff was dealt to the Atlanta Braves on July 13, 1993, time being of the essence that overheated summer. John Schuerholz always was ahead of the game. Then again, the Hall...
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