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Teheran turns in nifty bases-loaded escape in final Grapefruit start

LAKELAND, Fla. – When he pitched five dominant innings for Colombia in a March 11 win against Canada in the World Baseball Classic, Julio Teheran looked pretty much ready for the regular season. When he worked six strong innings against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, extricating himself from a bases-loaded, no-outs jam along the way, Teheran left no doubt about his preparedness to make his fourth...

Braves rotation’s diversity could present challenge for hitters

Braves rotation’s diversity could present challenge for hitters

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves used a franchise-record 16 starting pitchers in 2016, and together they labored to a 4.87 ERA, which ranked fourth-highest in the majors, and 684 strikeouts, the fourth-fewest in the majors. So they overhauled the starting rotation in the offseason by bringing in a trio of veteran starters on one-year contracts or in the final season of multi-year deals. The...
Miraculously, someone out there agrees with me about the Braves

Miraculously, someone out there agrees with me about the Braves

Not quite ready for their close-up, but getting closer. (AP Photo/John Amis) Contrary to popular belief, I’m human.
LEADOFF: Liberty Media sets stockholders meeting for SunTrust Park

LEADOFF: Liberty Media sets stockholders meeting for SunTrust Park

Braves owner Liberty Media, rarely visible around the team, plans to hold its annual meeting of stockholders at SunTrust Park this spring. Liberty said Wednesday that the meeting will be held at the Braves’ “headquarters” in the new stadium on May 24. The Braves will play the Pittsburgh Pirates that night in the third game of a four-game home series. Presumably, Liberty executives...
Photos: U.S. finishes on top in the World Baseball Classic

Photos: U.S. finishes on top in the World Baseball Classic

The American team has a big lead over Puerto Rico in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles Wednesday.
We talk about the Braves’ stadium, but what about the team?

We talk about the Braves’ stadium, but what about the team?

We’re within two weeks of opening day, which for our local nine will be staged in the borough of Queens, N.Y. The opener most on our minds will come in Cobb County on April 14 — that’s a Friday, when metro Atlanta’s roads are always at their worst — and that’s really what we talk about when we talk about the 2017 Braves. Traffic and parking, not necessarily in that...
Ozzie Albies sent to minors, but probably not for long

Ozzie Albies sent to minors, but probably not for long

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – His second major league spring training started with Ozzie Albies rehabbing an elbow injury and ended Tuesday night with a freshly bruised knee and a long bus ride back to big-league camp, wherein he learned he’d been reassigned to the minors. That said, the overall spring experience was resoundingly positive for the Braves and their plucky second-base prospect...
What, me worry over Braves’ Colon and Dickey? Well, yes

What, me worry over Braves’ Colon and Dickey? Well, yes

The Braves’ Bartolo Colon is little threat when wearing a batting helmet. It’s on the mound where the team needs him to step up.
LEADOFF: Water feature, trees behind center field in SunTrust Park

LEADOFF: Water feature, trees behind center field in SunTrust Park

A lot of landscaping work is being done around SunTrust Park — and not all of it is outside the stadium. Inside the ballpark, in the “batter’s eye” area just beyond the center-field wall, three evergreen trees – green giant arborvitae, I’m told – have been planted. The area also includes boulders and a waterfall/water feature. The Braves took inspiration from...
Torpy at Large: Braves hitting it out of the park in the $$$ column

Torpy at Large: Braves hitting it out of the park in the $$$ column

The Cobb County Braves have had a terrible pre-season, but that’s not important. The team is in the process of rebuilding and the players are merely the backdrop for the real star of 2017: The team’s brand-spanking new ballpark and adjoining live-work-play complex. Sure, the Braves hoped they’d be competitive in their inaugural season at SunTrust Park and not be 72-90 and 19 games...
Despite Braves’ spring results, manager says team is ready

Despite Braves’ spring results, manager says team is ready

WEST PALM BEACH – When Chaz Roe gave up two runs in the seventh inning of a previously tied game against the Nationals on Tuesday, the Braves were on their way to an eight consecutive Grapefruit League loss. Manager Brian Snitker is only in his second season as manager and first as the full-time manager, but he’s been in the Braves organization for four decades and spent enough time on...
Foltynewicz continues impressive spring, works of out of jams again

Foltynewicz continues impressive spring, works of out of jams again

Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz feels like he’s spent much of spring training getting in jams and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Not if you get out of most of them unscathed, as he has. Foltynewicz induced a double-play grounder from Jayson Werth with bases loaded and one out Tuesday to end his fifth and final inning of work in a 3-1 loss to the Nationals at the Ballpark of the Palm...
Albies leaves game after fouling ball off knee

Albies leaves game after fouling ball off knee

WEST PALM BEACH – Second-base prospect Ozzie Albies gave Braves radio listeners and fans in attendance a brief scare when he crumpled to the ground after fouling a ball off his right knee in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. He left the game after the incident, but manager Brian Snitker said the injury wasn’t serious — a bruised knee — and he...
Inciarte’s return to Braves’ lineup pushed back to Thursday

Inciarte’s return to Braves’ lineup pushed back to Thursday

WEST PALM BEACH – As eager as he was to see Ender Inciarte back at the top of the Braves’ lineup, manager Brian Snitker agreed it made more sense to push back his return to Thursday. Inciarte, who was away for the World Baseball Classic and hasn’t played a game for the Braves since March 4, was originally scheduled to make his return Tuesday against the Washington Nationals at the...
Atlanta Braves’ opening day pitchers from 1966 to now

Atlanta Braves’ opening day pitchers from 1966 to now

Since 1966, 20 different pitchers have opened the Braves’ 51 seasons of baseball in Atlanta. 
LEADOFF: Braves ‘eager to unveil’ new Hank Aaron statue

LEADOFF: Braves ‘eager to unveil’ new Hank Aaron statue

The Braves are “eager to unveil” SunTrust Park’s new statue of Hank Aaron next week. The statue will be revealed March 29 at a fundraiser benefiting the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. Tickets for the 7-10 p.m. event can be purchased for $500 per individual and $755 per couple. Created by Atlanta-based artist Ross Rossin, the statue will be placed in the &ldquo...
Braves’ Cabrera wild again; Inciarte, Garcia return to lineup Tuesday

Braves’ Cabrera wild again; Inciarte, Garcia return to lineup Tuesday

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Braves flamethrowing reliever Mauricio Cabrera took a walk on the wild side again Monday, the second time in his past three spring-training appearances that he’s been unable to throw strikes. The kid with the 100-mph fastball gave up a hit, two runs, two walks and hit a batter while recording just two outs in the eighth inning Monday against the Marlins. This after...
Knuckleballer Dickey not worried about string of rough starts

Knuckleballer Dickey not worried about string of rough starts

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — R.A. Dickey has thrown a great many knuckleballs and other pitches in too many official games to put much stock in the box scores of spring training games that don’t count. Even if the pitching line next to his name has mostly crooked numbers. He gave up six hits, six runs and three walks in 5 2/3 innings Monday in a 9-3 loss against the Marlins, Dickey’s...
Braves release Danks, option Recker and Jackson to Triple-A

Braves release Danks, option Recker and Jackson to Triple-A

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The trimmed three more from the camp roster Monday when they optioned reliever Luke Jackson and catcher Anthony Recker to Triple-A Gwinnett and released left-hander John Danks. The team hoped that Danks would accept their offer to go to Triple-A Gwinnett, but the veteran wanted to pitch in the majors and opted to be released and see if there would be interest from another...
Braves look to improve bench, but willing to go with what they have

Braves look to improve bench, but willing to go with what they have

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — If you’re of the opinion that the Braves’ current bench is rather bereft of power, the front office doesn’t disagree. Two weeks before opening day, general manager John Coppolella is still trying to add a hitter. If the season started now, the Braves would have a four-man bench of catcher Kurt Suzuki and infielder-outfielders Chase d’Arnaud, Jace...
Braves still evaluating candidates for final bullpen spots

Braves still evaluating candidates for final bullpen spots

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As they began the penultimate week of spring training, the Braves were still discussing the final spots in their bullpen and considering choices from a stockpile of relievers still in camp. “Part of it is, we need to talk about, is it a seven-man bullpen or is it an eight-man bullpen? We’re still talking about that,” Braves general manager John Coppolella...
For Braves prospect Ruiz, one goal stands above all else: Make team

For Braves prospect Ruiz, one goal stands above all else: Make team

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The likelihood of third-base prospect Rio Ruiz making the Braves’ opening-day roster at spring training was never good, regardless of what he did this spring. They had incumbent Adonis Garcia penciled in at third base and no room on a 25-man roster to carry two players who play only third base, especially if they carry eight relief pitchers instead of seven, as...
Teheran, Swanson rejoin Braves and start to shake off some rust

Teheran, Swanson rejoin Braves and start to shake off some rust

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — In his first game with the Braves in more than two weeks and first game of any kind in eight days, Julio Teheran could be excused for showing a little rust Sunday. Teheran was charged with six hits, four runs (three earned) and one walk in five innings of a 5-2 loss to St. Louis at Champion Stadium, where Cardinals fans easily outnumbered Braves fans in a crowd of 9...
No surprises: Teheran gets opening-day start, Folty in No. 5 spot

No surprises: Teheran gets opening-day start, Folty in No. 5 spot

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – There were no surprises when the Braves announced their season-opening starting rotation Sunday, beginning with Julio Teheran in his fourth consecutive opening day start April 3 against the Mets. He’ll be followed by Braves veteran newcomers Bartolo Colon, Jaime Garcia and R.A. Dickey, with Mike Foltynewicz in the fifth spot. Four of the five were set before spring...
Bartolo Colon on his 9.20 spring ERA: Don’t worry, I’ll be ready

Bartolo Colon on his 9.20 spring ERA: Don’t worry, I’ll be ready

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Bartolo Colon threw 80 pitches in just 3 2/3 innings, gave up eight hits and six earned runs in a 7-5 loss to the Tigers and saw his ERA climb to 9.20. Then the oldest active player in baseball said, basically, don’t worry. It’s just practice. And his manager agreed. “Right now I’m just working on my pitches, working on that kind of stuff,&rdquo...
Braves’ Garcia (hamstring) could be back in lineup Monday

Braves’ Garcia (hamstring) could be back in lineup Monday

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The left side of the Braves’ infield has played together in only five games this spring, but shortstop Dansby Swanson and third baseman Adonis Garcia could be in the lineup together for most of the last 1 1/2 weeks of camp. Swanson could play as soon as Sunday after missing two weeks with a strained right side, manager Brian Snitker said Saturday. Garcia, who&rsquo...
Dansby homers in minor league game, could be in lineup Sunday

Dansby homers in minor league game, could be in lineup Sunday

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Dansby Swanson was expected to play Saturday after missing two weeks with a strained side. So when his name wasn’t in the Braves lineup announced before 8 a.m., mild panic ensued on Twitter. Not to worry, said the Braves’ popular rookie. Instead of returning directly into a Grapefruit League game, the Braves decided it best for him to get at-bats in a minor...
Former Brave ‘scared to death’ performing on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Former Brave ‘scared to death’ performing on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

It took 12 years and 24 seasons for ABC’s durable reality-competition program “Dancing With the Stars” to sign a major league baseball player. But it wasn’t a household name such as Derek Jeter, Barry Bonds or Alex Rodriguez. It was David Ross. David who? While with the Braves from 2009-12, Ross was known as Brian McCann’s reliable, defensive-minded backup catcher. Over...
Braves’ new pitching coach stresses the positive

Braves’ new pitching coach stresses the positive

When the Braves broke up with the esteemed Roger McDowell after 11 seasons as their pitching coach — a veritable forever in baseball years — it was, the team said, for the children. So much of the success of the Braves’ Big Reconstruct rested with the young pitchers that the team had collected like bubble-gum cards. The higher-ups went looking for someone they believed especially...
Snitker unfazed by Braves’ loss Friday

Snitker unfazed by Braves’ loss Friday

A loss may be a loss, but Braves manager Brian Snitker is trying not to worry too much about a setback in a March spring training game. Despite coughing up a 4-1 lead and watching the Houston Astros come back to win 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth Friday, Snitker focused on the positives rather than dwell on yet another defeat, one that leaves the Braves’ preseason mark at 6-14. “It&rsquo...
Albies looking good at the plate

Albies looking good at the plate

The Braves have 10 active players in camp with less than one year of service time, including their top two prospects, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies, ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, by Baseball America. Last season, the Braves used 22 rookies (15 pitchers and seven hitters), which for the second year in a row tied their highest total in franchise history. Albies is a significant part of the Braves&rsquo...
Wisler impresses in start against Astros

Wisler impresses in start against Astros

Confidence and a complete command of the strike zone was the perfect antidote for Braves right-hander Matt Wisler on Friday. Coming off a trio of poor relief appearances this month and sporting an 0-1 record and 9.82 ERA, Wisler started and dazzled a Houston Astros split squad with a 51-pitch, four-inning performance, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Thanks to Wisler and an assortment of...
Dansby Swanson set for Saturday return to Braves’ lineup

Dansby Swanson set for Saturday return to Braves’ lineup

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Two weeks after he last played a game, rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson is expected to make a highly anticipated return to the Braves’ lineup Saturday against the Tigers at Champion Stadium. There will be two weeks and 12 games left in spring training at that point, only two of those games requiring a long bus ride. In other words, there should be time for Swanson...
‘Folty’ works out of jams, gets seven strikeouts in four innings

‘Folty’ works out of jams, gets seven strikeouts in four innings

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – These were the kind of innings that could easily have led to a Mike Foltynewicz meltdown in the past. Two runners in scoring position with none out in the first inning Thursday, and two runners on again with none out the second. But the new and more composed Foltynewicz didn’t blow his top and give up multiple runs in either situation Thursday. In fact, he worked...
Photos: How Braves pitchers are faring this spring

Photos: How Braves pitchers are faring this spring

The Braves are 6-13 but won-lost records don't mean much in spring training. Individual stats, however, could be an indicator of things to come in the long season. Here's how some key Braves pitchers are faring after 19 exhibition games.
Braves’ Micah Johnson will have surgery for fractured wrist

Braves’ Micah Johnson will have surgery for fractured wrist

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Micah Johnson’s first season with the Braves might be over before it began, with a left-wrist fracture that will require surgery. The infielder-outfielder’s bid for a bench job ended Tuesday when Johnson injured his wrist making a spectacular diving catch near the left-field line in a Grapefruit League game against the Phillies. Initial X-rays showed no break...
Braves’ Fried optioned to Double-A, but not before leaving his mark

Braves’ Fried optioned to Double-A, but not before leaving his mark

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – He pitched in only three Grapefruit League games, but Max Fried and his dynamic left arm made as big an impression this spring as any Braves player or prospect. One of baseball’s top pitching prospects, Fried gave observers a good idea of why he’s so well-regarded, striking out five while allowing one hit and three walks in four innings over three games before...
Blair, Fried, Camargo included in latest round of Braves roster cuts

Blair, Fried, Camargo included in latest round of Braves roster cuts

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves trimmed seven more from their spring-training roster Thursday, including pitchers Aaron Blair, Max Fried and Lucas Sims and infielder Johan Camargo, who had a chance to make the team this spring before a rash of errors (six) convinced team officials he needed more development. Five from the 40-man roster were optioned: Camargo and right-handers Blair, Sims...
Freeman returns to Braves lineup, Swanson likely not far behind

Freeman returns to Braves lineup, Swanson likely not far behind

LAKELAND, Fla. – Freddie Freeman returned from the World Baseball Classic and rejoined the Braves lineup Wednesday, now manager Brian Snitker hopes shortstop Dansby Swanson’s return isn’t far behind. Swanson has been out since March 4 with tightness in his back and side, a move the Braves said was strictly precautionary. What Swanson initially indicated might be a one-week absence...
Dansby Swanson makes his NCAA tournament picks

Dansby Swanson makes his NCAA tournament picks

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson knows a good bit about basketball. He played the sport at Marietta High School. And he has two teams to root for in the NCAA tournament. Swanson attended Vanderbilt, which opens play against Northwestern Thursday, but he's a big Duke fan too. The Blue Devils face Troy Friday. Swanson filled out his NCAA bracket and believes Duke, Arizona, Kansas and North Carolina...
Photos: How Braves hitters are faring this spring

Photos: How Braves hitters are faring this spring

The Braves are 6-12 but won-lost records don't mean much in spring training. But individual stats could be an indicator of things to come in the long season. Here's how some key Braves batters are faring after 18 exhibition games.
Dickey’s results not great, but he believes he’s close to ready

Dickey’s results not great, but he believes he’s close to ready

LAKELAND, Fla. – He worked 4 1/3 innings and was charged with eight hits and six runs, five of them earned, but the Braves’ R.A. Dickey walked away from Wednesday’s 8-6 loss to the Tigers feeling pretty good about where things stand for the aging knuckleballer with the regular season looming in two weeks. His 7.71 ERA in three Grapefruit League starts might not inspire confidence...
Bonifacio making strong push for opening-day roster

Bonifacio making strong push for opening-day roster

LAKELAND, Fla. – Emilio Bonifacio was at a crossroads last fall, still only 31 but coming off the two worst seasons of his career, with a puny .181 and even punier .420 OPS in a total of just 125 major league plate appearances during 2015-16. If he was going to get back to being the player he once was, or some semblance of it, “Boni” knew he needed to trim down some. He did, and...
Injury might’ve ended Micah Johnson’s bid for opening-day roster

Injury might’ve ended Micah Johnson’s bid for opening-day roster

LAKELAND, Fla. – Micah Johnson’s bid for a bench job on the Braves’ opening-day roster might have ended with a sprained wrist Tuesday. The Braves were doing more tests Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury to Johnson’s left wrist, his glove hand, which was bent backward severely when he made a diving catch near the left-field line in Tuesday’s game against...
5 players drafted by Atlanta but didn’t make majors as Braves

5 players drafted by Atlanta but didn’t make majors as Braves

The Atlanta Braves selected five players in three amateur drafts in the 1980s who went on to have successful careers, just not as Braves.
Snitker: Pitcher Blair ‘getting better’

Snitker: Pitcher Blair ‘getting better’

Right-hander Aaron Blair was touted as being close to major-league ready when the Braves acquired him in a December 2015 trade. He didn’t show that during a rough rookie season in 2016, but this spring offers Blair another chance to prove he belongs. Blair’s results Tuesday at the Phillies weren’t great: three runs allowed over four innings with three strikeouts and a walk. But manager...
Braves outfielder Micah Johnson injures wrist on catch

Braves outfielder Micah Johnson injures wrist on catch

The Braves said utility man Micah Johnson suffered a sprained left wrist while making a catch against the Phillies on Tuesday. Johnson, playing left field, tracked down Pedro Florimon’s shallow fly ball and made a diving catch near the foul line for the final out of the fifth inning. Johnson’s wrist bent violently when his glove hit the ground. The Braves said an X-ray on Johnson&rsquo...
Photos: Braves lose to Phillies in exhibition

Photos: Braves lose to Phillies in exhibition

A spring training game on March 14, 2017. 
Freddie Freeman sold on WBC: ‘One of the best experiences I’ve had’

Freddie Freeman sold on WBC: ‘One of the best experiences I’ve had’

Freedie Freeman played for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.
Wisler trying to work his way back into Braves’ rotation

Wisler trying to work his way back into Braves’ rotation

Among the first wave of pitching prospects acquired by the Braves, right-hander Matt Wisler has the most modest pedigree. Yet it appeared Wisler would be the first to stick in the big leagues after he followed a strong close to 2015 with a good start to 2016. But Wisler’s eventual ineffectiveness prompted the Braves to send him to Triple-A Gwinnett last July. Now, after some lackluster results...
Watch: Tim Tebow gets his first spring hit ... and a standing ovation

Watch: Tim Tebow gets his first spring hit ... and a standing ovation

Tim Tebow has his first hit for the New York Mets. The former NFL quarterback singled Monday in an exhibition game against Miami Marlins left-hander Kyle Lobstein. Tebow was hitless in his first eight at-bats in spring training before his opposite-field single on a 2-2 pitch leading off the bottom of the fifth inning. He received a standing ovation. Watch: Tebow batted eighth, and his appearance in...
Colon not fazed after being roughed up by Pirates

Colon not fazed after being roughed up by Pirates

First thing’s first: Bartolo Colon is not injured. The Pirates knocked around the Braves right-hander in a Grapefruit League game on Monday but, for a 19-year veteran like Colon, health matters more than results in spring training. “The best thing is, thank God, I feel well,” Colon said through an interpreter. “That’s the most important thing.” With Colon&rsquo...
Braves claim lefty Kevin Chapman off waivers

Braves claim lefty Kevin Chapman off waivers

The Braves claimed left-hander Kevin Chapman off waivers from the Astros on Monday. Chapman, 29, made 58 relief appearances for the Astros over the past three seasons. He posted a 4.09 ERA over 55 innings with 48 strikeouts, 31 walks and 54 hits allowed. Chapman joins three veteran left-handers on the Braves roster who are vying for bullpen spots: Ian Krol, Paco Rodriguez and Eric O’Flaherty...
Time is running out to get Turner Field keepsake

Time is running out to get Turner Field keepsake

The Atlanta Braves closed down Turner Field with a bang of confetti on Oct. 2, 2016. As the team prepares for the opening of SunTrust Park in Cobb County, MLB auctions is selling some memorabilia from the final season at the 20-year-old ballpark that will soon be home to Georgia State’s football team. With much of the stadium being reconditioned, not many stadium items are for sale. Among the...
Braves vet Chase d’Arnaud back with team after illness

Braves vet Chase d’Arnaud back with team after illness

Braves veteran Chase d’Arnaud is back in camp after staying away for two weeks because of bronchitis. D’Arnaud was scheduled to face minor-league pitchers on Monday before joining the Braves for their Grapefruit League game at the Phillies on Tuesday. “I’m ready to get back out there,” d’Arnaud said. “I’m so happy to be outside.” D’Arnaud...
Braves’ top 10 prospects under 22

Braves’ top 10 prospects under 22

Atlanta claims five of baseball’s top prospects in the Top 100 under the age of 22, according to milb.com. Here are the Braves best young prospects in the minor league system as their spring camp begins this week.
Standing-room-only tickets planned for Braves’ first two home games

Standing-room-only tickets planned for Braves’ first two home games

The Braves have identified areas in SunTrust Park where they plan to sell standing-room-only tickets for the new ballpark’s first two regular-season games April 14-15. Braves President of Business Derek Schiller said an undetermined number of standing-room-only tickets for those games– more than 1,000 per game, he said — will go on sale April 10. SunTrust Park’s 41,000 seats...
Atlanta United 6, Minnesota United 1: What was said

Atlanta United 6, Minnesota United 1: What was said

What was said following Atlanta United’s result against Minnesota United on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium: Gerardo Martino “I feel good with the work that the players did today. Except for the last 15 minutes of the first half, we really didn’t give them a chance to get back into the game.” - “I was a little worried about learning how those games go because I’ve never...
Photos: Snow not a problem as Atlanta United wins big

Photos: Snow not a problem as Atlanta United wins big

Photos from snowy Minneapolis as Atlanta United faced Minnesota United Sunday in a battle of Major League Soccer's two newest franchises.
Braves lefty Garcia sharp in third spring start

Braves lefty Garcia sharp in third spring start

Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia carried over the strong finish from his last outing to his next start on Sunday at the Yankees. Garcia limited the Yankees to no hits and no runs while facing one more than the minimum nine batters through three innings. Garcia retired the side in order in the first inning, got Austin Romine to ground into a double play in the second and left one runner stranded in...
Prospect Acuna keeps shining, reminding Braves of Andruw Jones

Prospect Acuna keeps shining, reminding Braves of Andruw Jones

Center fielder Andruw Jones famously hit a World Series home run for the Braves at 19-years old and went on to a stellar career in the majors. Center fielder Ronald Acuna turned 19 in December but likely is headed for high-A ball when minor-league camp breaks. Still, Braves legend Chipper Jones was comparing Acuna to his former teammate Andruw in spring 2016. After a strong season in the minors, Acuna...
Braves third baseman Garcia out with hamstring injury

Braves third baseman Garcia out with hamstring injury

Braves manager Brian Snitker said third baseman Adonis Garcia’s left hamstring injury isn’t serious but the team plans to rest him for a few days. Garcia left Saturday’s game at the Mets after he grounded out in the first inning and played the field in the bottom of the inning. “It wasn’t bad,” Snitker said before the Braves faced the Yankees on Sunday. “It...
Braves GM updates Dansby Swanson’s status

Braves GM updates Dansby Swanson’s status

Braves general manager John Coppolella said shortstop Dansby Swanson had “no complaints” after stepping up his rehabilitation work for a back injury but still is days away from rejoining the lineup. Swanson hasn’t played in a Grapefruit League game since his back stiffened during a game on March 4. Swanson advanced to hitting balls from a tee Sunday morning after he’d fielded...
Adonis Garcia exits with hamstring tightness

Adonis Garcia exits with hamstring tightness

JUPITER, Fla. — Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia played one inning Saturday before he left the game with tightness in his left hamstring. Batting in the three-hole, Garcia grounded out to shortstop for the last out in the first and took his position for the bottom of the inning. He did not go out for the bottom of the second. “He was running pretty hard on that ground ball,” Braves...
WBC: Teheran gets better of Freeman where it matters — the scoreboard

WBC: Teheran gets better of Freeman where it matters — the scoreboard

Through the upheaval of a franchise under reconstruction, they emerged as weight-bearing beams to the Braves’ future. On Saturday, though, Julio Teheran and Freddie Freeman found themselves facing each other as adversaries for the first time, across the international divide of the World Baseball Classic. Give this one to Colombian over the temporary Canadian. Pitching five strong innings, an...
Foltynewicz tightens hold on rotation spot

Foltynewicz tightens hold on rotation spot

JUPITER, Fla. — Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz continues to pitch like he’s ready to forget 2016. Making his third spring start, Foltynewicz gave up one run and allowed three base runners over four innings in the Braves’ 2-2, 10-inning tie against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. Foltynewicz has allowed two runs in nine innings to tighten his hold on the fifth spot in...
Long bus ride cuts into Braves’ time on the field

Long bus ride cuts into Braves’ time on the field

JUPITER, Fla. — The Braves were on the road yet again Saturday for another long bus ride. With the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals relocating from Central Florida to West Palm Beach, the Braves have only one opponent, the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, that is less than a 45-minute drive from Kissimmee. Their 2 1/2-hour drive south to Jupiter on Saturday was their second in 10 days, with...
Photos: Braves stars Freeman, Teheran battle at the WBC

Photos: Braves stars Freeman, Teheran battle at the WBC

Braves stars played on opposing teams in Saturday’s game as Colombia beat Canada 4-1.
What we learned about Braves business this week

What we learned about Braves business this week

Six things we learned this week about the business of the Braves: 1. Tickets for opening night at SunTrust Park sold out within minutes Friday, leaving many fans frustrated and wondering where all the seats went. Click here for details, including comments from fans. 2. SunTrust Park looks just about ready for a baseball game. Click here for many details from a tour of the almost-completed...
Rosemary Freeman’s boy Freddie does her proud

Rosemary Freeman’s boy Freddie does her proud

Before showing up at the World Baseball Classic with a maple leaf on his cap, Freddie Freeman wore the tributes to his mother out of sight. They were intimate and personal reminders of the woman who died when he was only 10 and left such a gaping hole in his childhood. They were secreted away, from torso to toe. The cross that he never takes off has a compartment within, where a lock of his mother&rsquo...
Tebow produces plenty of buzz — but no hits — for Mets

Tebow produces plenty of buzz — but no hits — for Mets

This was a Florida tourist attraction the way they used to make them, back in that golden age when schlock really sold and you couldn’t wait to pull off some undivided highway to check out the tattered 14-foot stuffed alligator or to take a sip from the fountain of youth. The old-west town near Ocala, the atomic tunnel outside Daytona and the tiki gardens of Indian Shores are gone. They were...
Photos: Braves beat the Mets in exhibition

Photos: Braves beat the Mets in exhibition

The Braves beat the Mets 5-2 in a spring training game on March 10, 2017. 
Journeyman Tuiasosopo hits third consecutive home run for Braves

Journeyman Tuiasosopo hits third consecutive home run for Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When Matt Tuiasosopo’s long fly ball off the Mets’ Zack Wheeler finally came down on the grass berm beyond the left-field fence Friday at Champion Stadium, the Braves journeyman had home runs in three consecutive plate appearances, including two late-innings homers that accounted for five runs Thursday against the Yankees. But did Tuiasosopo have any better...
Lucas Sims gets mixed results in first spring start

Lucas Sims gets mixed results in first spring start

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After the disappointment of his 2016 season and particularly his first stint in Triple-A, Braves minor league pitcher Lucas Sims is trying to re-establish himself as a highly regarded prospect. The way the former Brookwood High School start sees it, the project begins above the neck. “I did a lot of thinking this offseason, a lot of self-evaluation and really kind...
Braves pitching prospect Weigel reassigned to minor league camp

Braves pitching prospect Weigel reassigned to minor league camp

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves reassigned pitching prospect Patrick Weigel to minor league camp Friday, the 10th roster move made in a three-day span, almost all of which involved pitchers optioned or reassigned. The Braves’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2016, Weigel pitched in two Grapefruit League games and got roughed up for five hits, six runs and one walk in one inning...
Aruba native Didder’s prospect stock is rising with Braves

Aruba native Didder’s prospect stock is rising with Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Only five players from the little island of Aruba have reached the major leagues, and current Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts is the only one in the since Sidney Ponson last pitched for the Royals in 2009. It’s not a stretch to say that Braves prospect Ray-Patrick Didder could be the next one. “He’s got skills,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said...
Swift sellout of SunTrust Park’s opener frustrates some Braves fans

Swift sellout of SunTrust Park’s opener frustrates some Braves fans

Tickets for the Atlanta Braves’ opening night at SunTrust Park sold out within minutes Friday, leaving many fans frustrated and wondering where all the seats went. The Braves put single-game tickets for the 2017 season on sale to the general public for the first time at 10 a.m., and shortly thereafter the team said it was “pleased to announce” the April 14 regular-season opener in...
Dansby still out of Braves lineup, but feeling good

Dansby still out of Braves lineup, but feeling good

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – As much as Dansby Swanson hates sitting and watching baseball games rather than playing, the Braves’ rookie shortstop understands why the team has been so cautious with him over a relatively minor back stiffness. There are still more than three weeks until opening day, and the Braves want to make sure the budding face-of-the-franchise player from Marietta puts...
Tale of 2 veteran relievers: Boyer struggling, O’Flaherty impressing

Tale of 2 veteran relievers: Boyer struggling, O’Flaherty impressing

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After Blaine Boyer coughed up a lead and much more by giving up six runs and recording just one out in the sixth inning Thursday against the Yankees, fellow well-traveled veteran Eric O’Flaherty stopped the bleeding by getting the last two outs of the inning. It was a microcosm of the surprising early spring for both pitchers, familiar former Braves trying to win...
Blair displays improved slider after shaky beginning vs. Yankees

Blair displays improved slider after shaky beginning vs. Yankees

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The first batter faced by Aaron Blair on Saturday in a split-squad game knocked him out of the game with a comebacker that hit the pitcher in his glove hand, and the first batter he faced Friday took him deep on the third pitch of the game. But things got better Friday not long after Brett Gardner’s leadoff homer in the Yankees’ first inning. Blair gave up...
Sims, not Dickey, to start Friday against Mets

Sims, not Dickey, to start Friday against Mets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – By the time his current team faces one of his former teams in a Friday afternoon Grapefruit League game, Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will have already pitched and showered. The Braves announced Thursday a change of plans for Friday, when they’ll start Lucas Sims against the Mets at 1 p.m. in Champion Stadium instead of Dickey, who’ll pitch in a 10 a...
Ozzie’s first game a successful step in his return from elbow injury

Ozzie’s first game a successful step in his return from elbow injury

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Six months after he broke his right elbow swinging in a Double-A playoff game, Braves second-base prospect Ozzie Albies was back in the lineup for the first time Thursday for a Grapefruit League game that, on this day, felt a lot more important to him than others on the field at Champion Stadium. “Yeah, I’m getting excited to get back in there today &mdash...
Newcomb is latest Braves pitcher reassigned to minor league camp

Newcomb is latest Braves pitcher reassigned to minor league camp

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A day after his impressive outing against the Phillies, the Braves reassigned pitching prospect Sean Newcomb to minor league camp Thursday. The move would have been made regardless of Newcomb’s results Wednesday, when he turned in an encouraging performance, striking out four and allowing just one hit and no walks in two scoreless innings. That outing could be...
Braves open single-game ticket sales for SunTrust Park on Friday

Braves open single-game ticket sales for SunTrust Park on Friday

The Braves will put single-game tickets for their inaugural season at SunTrust Park on sale to the general public for the first time Friday and expect opening-night tickets to be gobbled up quickly. “Whether it happens within minutes or hours, I can’t predict,” Braves president of business Derek Schiller said. “But I can tell you we will have a sellout except for the inventory...
SunTrust Park parking map

SunTrust Park parking map

The Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park in Cobb County has a lineup of 19 parking lots and decks where the team said it will sell parking for games its inaugural season. The lots are distributed widely around the stadium. The Braves said those that are more than a 15-minute walk from the ballpark will be served by a free shuttle. The Braves’ parking prices will range from $18 to $23...
Where to park at SunTrust Park

Where to park at SunTrust Park

Almost from the time the Braves announced they would build a stadium near Cumberland Mall, fans have asked: Where’s the parking? The Braves answered Wednesday, releasing a lineup of 19 lots and decks where the team said it will sell parking for games this season. Some have been built by the team. Most have been leased by the team from other businesses in the area for game use. The lots are distributed...
Photo: Colon pitches as Braves beat the Phillies 

Photo: Colon pitches as Braves beat the Phillies 

The Braves and Phillies met in a major-league baseball exhibition on March 8, 2017.
Braves show off almost-completed SunTrust Park

Braves show off almost-completed SunTrust Park

Minus a few essential finishing touches — installing the bases, attaching the padding to the outfield wall and the like — SunTrust Park looks just about ready for a baseball game. The Braves opened their new Cobb County stadium to the media for what the team termed a “sneak peek” Wednesday, 37 days before the first regular-season game there and two days before the start of...
Ozzie Albies cleared to play, set to be in lineup Thursday

Ozzie Albies cleared to play, set to be in lineup Thursday

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The much-anticipated Ozzie Albies spring debut is set for Thursday against the Yankees, after the Braves second-base prospect was cleared to play by Dr. James Andrews. It will be the first game for Albies, 20, since he fractured the olecranon bone at the tip of his right elbow while swinging the bat in a Double-A playoff game in early September. “He got cleared...
Photos: A look inside SunTrust Park before opener

Photos: A look inside SunTrust Park before opener

The new facility will host its first Braves game March 31 in an exhibition game against the Yankees.
Braves prospect Minter slowed by nerve inflammation in forearm

Braves prospect Minter slowed by nerve inflammation in forearm

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After going through more than a year of rehab following Tommy John surgery, then excelling while pitching on a strictly monitored schedule pitching and rest during the 2016 season, Braves left-hander A.J. Minter looked forward to being let loose this year to really show what he could do. He’ll have to wait a little longer. Minter has inflamed nerves in the outer...
Hursh, Biddle among eight in Braves’ first round of roster cuts

Hursh, Biddle among eight in Braves’ first round of roster cuts

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves trimmed 10 players including former top pitching prospect Jason Hursh from their spring-training roster in the first round of cuts announced Wednesday. None of the moves could be considered surprising. Hursh was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and hard-throwing left-hander Jesse Biddle was optioned to Double-A, while six others were reassigned minor league camp...
Dansby Swanson out of today’s lineup

Dansby Swanson out of today’s lineup

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Dansby Swanson was out of the Braves lineup Wednesday due to back tightness, a precautionary move that the rookie shortstop said made sense considering there were still nearly four weeks to go before opening day. Swanson said his back tightened late in Saturday’s game against the Marlins, when he had four plate appearances – his most this spring — before...
North Port approves Braves spring training deal

North Port approves Braves spring training deal

The Braves’ planned move of their spring training home to southwest Florida cleared another governmental hurdle Tuesday. City commissioners in North Port – the Sarasota County city where the new Braves complex is to be built — voted 4-0 to approve an agreement outlining the key terms of a deal. The same term sheet/letter of intent was approved last week by the Sarasota County...
Camargo fumbling his chance of making team out of spring training

Camargo fumbling his chance of making team out of spring training

BRADENTON, Fla. – Braves manager Brian Snitker was asked about infield prospect Johan Camargo’s rash of recent defensive errors prior to Tuesday’s game against the Pirates. “Up here (in the major leagues) it’s adjusting to the speed of the game,” Snitker said, “which is one of the reasons last year we were big on wanting to get Dansby (Swanson) up here, because...
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