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Rookie hitters lead way in Braves’ win against Tigers
Atlanta Braves' Christian Bethancourt, left, is congratulated by Todd Cunningham after his solo home run during the seventh inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

5:59 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Second baseman Jace Peterson continued his eye-opening spring with his first three-hit game Monday against the Tigers, and other Braves rookies and a non-roster invitee also impressed manager Fredi Gonzalez, including a couple of outfielders competing for a bench job. Catcher Christian Bethancourt hit his first home run and raised ...
Good day for Stults, Foltynewicz in 5th-starter battle

5:41 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Mike Foltynewicz and Eric Stults showed Monday why the Braves might be comfortable with either rounding out the starting rotation, and also why the pending decision might not be as clear as it appears. Foltynewicz allowed five hits and two runs in the first 3 2/3 innings, and Stults gave ...
Terdoslavich still sidelined by sore wrist
Braves outfielder Joey Terdoslavich hasn’t played since March 21 due to a sore left wrist that’s been slow to heal.

2:31 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

LAKELAND, Fla. – Joey Terdoslavich’s sore wrist has been slow to heal, and the timing couldn’t have been much worse for a hitter trying to win a spot on the Braves’ opening day roster. Terdoslavich, a corner outfielder/first baseman, was one of the Braves’ most productive hitters this spring before ...
Vizcaino, Kohn sent down, Braves bullpen race narrows
Arodys Vizcaino, shown during a workout earlier this spring, was optioned to Triple-A on Monday (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

10:32 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

LAKELAND, Fla. – There are still at least three spots up for grabs in the Braves bullpen, and the field was narrowed some more Monday when Arodys Vizcaino and Michael Kohn were dropped from the spring-training roster. Each averaged one walk per inning this spring, and control issues were the ...
Braves’ Miller has best outing of spring
Braves right-hander Shelby Miller has allowed just two runs over his past 18 innings. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

5:02 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—Braves right-hander Shelby Miller’s last extended outing of the Grapefruit League may have been his best. The Pirates managed just a couple of hard hits against Miller over six innings on Sunday. He struck out four batters and walked just one. “I felt strong out there, which ...
Braves release lefty James Russell
Former Braves pitcher James Russell. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Updated: 3:37 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla—Left-hander James Russell came to Braves camp with the hopes of making a bid for the starting rotation but a spring that started with tough luck ended with the team releasing him on Sunday. After Russell pitched mostly out of the bullpen last season for the Braves, ...
Braves Feigl, Benson in mix to make roster

Updated: 3:36 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—There’s a real chance for long shots Joe Benson and Brady Feigl to break Braves camp with the big-league team, manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Sunday. They Braves need a lefty reliever and Feigl filled that role ably in the minors last season and also has done ...
Braves lefty Wood works through jams
Braves lefty Alex Wood says he’s close to being ready for season. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 6:47 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015

DUNEDIN, Fla.—It’s better for big-league pitchers to dominate this late in the spring but, failing that, there’s also some benefit in working situations situations that are as close to real as possible. From that perspective, Braves left-handed Alex Wood’s outing against the Blue Jays on Saturday was valuable. He gave ...
Braves’ defense strong up middle
Braves infielder Jace Peterson has been strong in the field. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

5:03 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015

DUNEDIN, Fla.—There’s at least one aspect of the Braves’ play during Grapefruit League that doesn’t come with the caveat that the games don’t count: They’ve been strong defensively up the middle with second baseman Jace Peterson, shortstop Andrelton Simmons and centerfielder Eric Young Jr. “’E.Y.’ has been making good plays ...
Braves starting rotation order set one through four
Braves left-hander Eric Stults is a candidate for the starting rotation. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 1:43 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015

DUNEDIN, Fla. –Injuries or trades before the start of the season could alter things but, as of now, the Braves are set with their top four starting pitchers to begin the season. Right-hander Julio Teheran is tentatively scheduled to start opening day at Miami on April 6 followed by left-hander ...
Braves ace Teheran to start opening day
Braves pitcher Julio Teheran is scheduled to start opening day for the second straight season. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 5:13 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015

Assuming right-hander Julio Teheran has no setbacks between now and then, he will start for the Braves when they open the season on April 6 at Miami. It’s been assumed Teheran would start the opener because he did so last season and went on to be named an All-Star for ...
Young, Peterson one-two punch atop Braves’ lineup
Braves outfielder Eric Young Jr. has sparked the offense during spring training. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

4:38 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015

Leadoff man Eric Young Jr. gets on base and No. 2 hitter Jace Peterson moves Young over — assuming Young hadn’t already stolen second — and then the middle of the order drives one or both of them home. That scene has played out multiple times for the Braves during ...
Lefty Banuelos among Braves sent to minors

Updated: 1:26 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—The Braves optioned three players to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday: left-hander Manny Banuelos, right-hander Williams Perez and outfielder Eury Perez. Banuelos, 24, opened camp as a candidate for No. 5 starter in the rotation and left-hander Mike Minor’s shoulder issues early in camp opened up another spot. ...
Braves lefty Rodriguez has first rough start of spring
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez throws during the fourth inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Updated: 9:19 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla.—After Wandy Rodriguez’s previous outing, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the left-hander would be in the starting rotation to begin the season. Nothing that happened on Thursday against the Pirates altered Gonzalez’s view. Gonzalez pitched five innings and allowed eight hits and four runs, including a pair of home ...
Braves’ Callaspo surging after slow spring start
Braves infielder Alberto Callaspo is surging at the plate. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 4:29 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Braves signed Alberto Callaspo with the idea that the switch-hitter would be their regular second baseman but Callaspo showed up to camp out of shape and prospect Jace Peterson has made a strong case to win the job. Callaspo may not begin the season as the everyday second baseman ...
Gonzalez sees ‘soft platoon’ for Braves
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says he has a lot of lineup options. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

2:34 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said there are still some roster spots “up for grabs” with final cuts about a week away. Once the Braves set their roster and Gonzalez settles on a lineup, he said he won’t necessarily use platoons in the traditional sense of always matching batters against opposite-handed ...
Braves catcher Buck retires
Braves catcher John Buck says he’s retiring from baseball after 11 major league seasons.

Updated: 1:22 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla.—Braves catcher John Buck left camp on Thursday after telling the team he is retiring from baseball for personal reasons. Buck was trying to make the Braves’ roster and play a 12th major-league season. He was behind Christian Bethancourt and A.J. Pierzynski in the pecking order but Braves manager ...
Seitzer’s approach is getting through to Braves hitters
In his first season as Braves hitting coach, Kevin Seitzer has made a good impression and is starting to get some results by focusing on a few basic principles. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

2:46 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First-year Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer didn’t blow into town and start trying to turn every hitter into his vision of a perfect swing. An accomplished former hitter himself, Seitzer knew better. Hitters come in all shapes and sizes, as do stances, and a modern hitting coach’s job isn’t to ...
Forbes: Braves surpass $1 billion in value
The Braves franchise is now valued at $1.15 billion, by Forbes. The value is a reflection of Braves' intention to move from Turner Field to a new stadium in Cobb County in 2017.

11:27 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Atlanta Braves have joined a growing group of pro sports franchises estimated to be worth more than $1 billion. Forbes magazine, in releasing its annual ranking of Major League Baseball franchise values Wednesday, said the Braves are worth $1.15 billion, up 58 percent from last year. Across the board, ...
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