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Young Brave is an aspiring rock star
Infielder Chase d'Arnaud joined the Braves this offseason as a free agent.

Updated: 6:50 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

It's been an interesting week for Braves infielder Chase d'Arnaud. d’Arnaud was among the Braves players called up from Triple-A Gwinnett Monday. He is now one the Braves' infield options off the bench. He is also an aspiring rocker and lead singer of The Chase d’Arnaud Band, which on Tuesday released ...
A sneak peek inside Braves’ SunTrust Park
A view from home plate in the Braves’ new stadium, SunTrust Park. (BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM)

6:19 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

Eleven months before the first game at SunTrust Park — and five days before the start of 2017 season-ticket sales to the general public — the Atlanta Braves provided the first detailed look inside their new Cobb County stadium Thursday. Among key features noticed: the steel structure for a canopy ...
Minor league report: Checking on 10 Braves prospects
Rome Braves pitcher Max Fried, the Braves’ No. 10 prospect in 2016, throws a pitch in a regular-season game Saturday, April 9, 2016, for the first time since he underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 20, 2014. (Kyle Hess/Rome Braves)

Updated: 5:34 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

Aaron Blair and Mallex Smith already made it to The Show. Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson just got big minor league promotions. But what about other would-be Braves negotiating the pipeline to Atlanta? A quick glance at Baseball America’s top 10 Braves prospects as the minor league season hits the ...
Braves’ Jeff Francoeur finally joins Twitter
Jeff Francoeur returned to the Braves this season after being traded away during the 2009 season. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 4:41 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

What do major-league baseball players do on their off-days? For popular Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur, one of his activities Thursday was finally joining Twitter. He made his first post on his account Thursday afternoon. https://twitter.com/JeffFrancoeur/status/728284847660208128 Francoeur’s one tweet puts him 5,465 behind former Braves great Chipper Jones, who is very ...
New photos: Inside Braves' SunTrust Park
View from home plate of the Braves' new stadium, SunTrust Park, as it rises in Cobb County. The stadium will be one of the few in Major League Baseball to face a southerly direction. The park is set to open for the 2017 season. Read more about it here.

Construction continues on the Braves' new stadium, SunTrust Park, in Cobb County. The Braves offered a tour to media of the facility, which is set to open about a year from now.

Braves held back by low-voltage power
Freddie Freeman leads the Braves in home runs, with only three, and in slugging percentage with a number that ranks 113th in the majors. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

3:41 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Braves’ lack of power screams off the pages of baseball statistics. Among the 30 major league teams, only the Braves haven’t reached double-digits in home runs. They have six. The Dodgers ranked next to last entering Thursday, with 20. Entering Thursday, the Braves and the Orioles were the only ...
Freeman on Braves’ 7-20 record: ‘It’s the players, not the manager’
First baseman Freddie Freeman said he hadn’t heard the rumors that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez could be fired as soon as Thursday, and said he didn’t think it fair to blame the manager instead of the players. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 12:33 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

NEW YORK — The Braves’ 8-0 loss to the Mets on Wednesday served to fan the flames of already rampant rumors that Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez could be fired as soon as Thursday on the team’s day off.First baseman Freddie Freeman, the Braves’ “franchise player,” said after Wednesday’s game he ...
Chacin rocked, Braves blanked on 3 hits against Mets
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin reacts as New York Mets' Lucas Duda runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in New York. 

Updated: 12:33 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

NEW YORK – After reaching a high point in their rocky early season by winning three of five games topped by a one-hit shutout against the Mets on Tuesday night, the Braves came crashing back to earth Wednesday afternoon. The Mets cranked out four homers in the first five innings ...
On this date: Rico Carty's hitting streak
Braves outfielder Rico Carty was the National League batting champion in 1970. AJC file photo

Updated: 6:32 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

On May 4, 1970, Braves outfielder Rico Carty set an Atlanta record by recording a hit in his 23rd consecutive game. Carty had a third-inning single in a 5-3 win over the Pirates. His streak would eventually reach 31 games, standing as an Atlanta record until Dan Uggla passed it ...
Troubled outfielder Olivera’s paid leave extended again by MLB
Braves left fielder Hector Olivera has been on paid leave since an April 13 arrest for assault and battery, while Major League Baseball investigates the incident per its domestic-violence protocol. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

5:27 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NEW YORK — Braves outfielder Hector Olivera, arrested April 13 on assault and battery in an alleged domestic-violence incident in Virginia, had his paid leave extended for a second time by Major League Baseball on Wednesday as it continues its investigation, a person familiar with the situation said. Olivera, 31, ...
Albies, Inciarte, Peterson play in Gwinnett win
Infielder Ozzie Albies is hitting .091 since being promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett but he had a big hit Wednesday. (Karl Moore, Gwinnett Braves)

4:41 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ozzie Albies laced a walk-off RBI single to center field in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Gwinnett Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens on Wednesday afternoon at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.  Ender Inciarte went 0-for-3 in his first rehab game with Gwinnett ...
Young pitchers have given Braves rotation a needed boost
Matt Wisler allowed one hit in eight scoreless innings in a Tuesday win against the Mets. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2:04 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NEW YORK – The Braves stemmed the losing tide of their early season by winning three of the past five games before Wednesday, and the main factor behind that encouraging stretch was pitching. Braves starters had a 2.12 ERA in that five-game period, which included three games where starters went ...
Markakis excused from series finale for family matter
Braves right fielder Nick Markakis left the team Wednesday for a family emergency at his home outside Baltimore. (Curtis Compton AJC file photo/ ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 12:29 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NEW YORK – Braves right fielder Nick Markakis left the team early Wednesday for a family emergency at his home outside Baltimore. Markakis called to let manager Fredi Gonzalez know the situation and was excused for the series finale Wednesday afternoon against the Mets. He told Gonzalez he expects to ...
SunTrust Park season tickets go on sale to general public next week
The Braves’ new stadium, SunTrust Park, is slated to open for the start of the 2017 season. (Rendering/Braves)

10:41 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Braves plan to launch the next phase of their SunTrust Park sales campaign next week, marketing season tickets to the general public.Beginning Tuesday, 2017 season tickets will be available for purchase in-person, online and by phone (404-577-9100). Fans can call starting on Tuesday to schedule in-person appointments at the ...
It’s about time Coppolella, Hart take ownership of Braves’ problems

Updated: 10:39 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Braves general manager John Coppolella talks on the phone before a game against the Washington Nationals on April 13, after outfielder Hector Olivera was placed on paid administrative leave by Major League Baseball following his arrest on domestic violence charges. (AP photo) This is how spineless sports executives do it ...

Braves’ Wisler works 8 innings in 1-hit shutout against Mets

Updated: 12:39 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NEW YORK – The first prospects to reach the majors as part of the Braves’ rebuilding project are beginning to have an impact, and a pair of them were big keys to a shutout win Tuesday night against the hottest team in baseball.Matt Wisler allowed just one hit in eight ...
Braves prospect Lucas Sims hit hard in Gwinnett outing
Braves pitching prospect Lucas Sims is 0-2 since being promoted to Triple-A.

Updated: 12:34 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Braves pitching prospect Lucas Sims, a Lawrenceville native, gave up eight runs in four innings in his first home start for the Gwinnett Braves Tuesday night. The Toledo Mud Hens beat the G-Braves 12-5. Two of the eight runs scored against Sims were unearned. The Brookwood High School graduate allowed ...
Mallex Smith’s first big-league homer was unique

11:34 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mallex Smith had a couple of reviewed calls go against him recently on would-be stolen bases, but the umpires got it right when they went to the video to see the rookie’s hit in the fifth inning Tuesday against the Mets’ Matt Harvey. His triple became a homer after replays ...
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