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Francoeur shines against Marlins with four-hit effort
022516 LAKE BUENA VISTA: Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur bats during spring training at Champion Stadium on Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista, FL. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

12:23 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016

Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur seized an opportunity on Friday night. He went 4-for-5 with a RBI in the team’s 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.His performance tied a career-high with four hits. It was his 12th time achieving that milestone. However, those numbers don’t tell the entire story. Over his ...
Snitker’s baseball roots simple, untangled
Brian Snitker looks on from his lofty new vantage point — the dugout roost of the Braves manager. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016

Brian Snitker’s 2016 baseball team is, by any objective measure, rather a mess. (Just Google major league standings or statistics).Simply eyeballing Snitker’s 1971 team, the Macon (Ill.) Ironmen, you would have thought it similarly ill-equipped for the fray. But they wrote a book about that team.High school baseball at that ...
Braves to recall Blair from Gwinnett for Saturday start
The Braves will recall Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett to make a start against the Marlins on Saturday. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

11:47 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said the team will recall rookie pitcher Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett to start against the Marlins on Saturday.The Braves sent Blair down after he allowed nine runs in 1 1/3 innings at the Pirates on May 17. Snitker said at the time that Blair ...
Markakis wins it for Braves in eighth
Jeff Francoeur #18 of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI single in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins to score Tyler Flowers #25 at Turner Field on May 27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Updated: 11:34 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

The opponent changed for the Braves on Friday. The rest pretty much stayed the same until the Marlins helped the Braves out with a fielding miscue and Nick Markakis took advantage.The Braves got pretty good pitching and plenty of hits but few of those hits came with runners on base, ...
Braves’ Aybar leaves game due to leg injury
Atlanta Braves shortstop Erick Aybar (1) waits for help from the training staff after being hit by a pitch from Miami Marlins starter Adam Conley in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 27, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

9:14 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

Braves shortstop Erick Aybar left Friday night’s game with a leg injury.In the fourth inning, Aybar was hit by a pitch from Miami Marlins pitcher Adam Conley. The pitch hit the inside leg of Aybar and he went down to the ground.Aybar was able to stay in the game briefly. ...
Braves’ Simmons has rehab setback but elbow OK
Get complete Atlanta Braves coverage at AJC.com, myAJC.com and Atlanta Braves News Now on Facebook. (Photo by Curtis Compton / AJC)

Updated: 8:08 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

Braves right-hander Shae Simmons suffered a setback in his rehabilitation program when he experienced what he described as tightness in his triceps following three appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett.Simmons said his elbow “feels great” as he returns from Tommy John surgery performed in February 2015. He said his arm was feeling ...
Braves’ Smith making strides in transition to left field
022516 LAKE BUENA VISTA: Braves outfielder Mallex Smith catches a fly ball at Champion Stadium on Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista, FL. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

7:28 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

Braves outfielder Mallex Smith is no stranger to left field.“I played in junior college, so it isn’t as big as a transition as you would think,” Smith said. “It is just kind of getting used to the angles off the ball.”Since May 7, Smith has gotten his opportunities to impress. ...
'Chipper rescues Freddie' bobblehead arrives Saturday
'Chipper rescues Freddie' bobblehead.

Updated: 7:12 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

It's finally here Saturday.  The Braves, who peppered the final season at Turner Field with some wacky promotions, will hand out what could become the most desirable collector item yet: The "Chipper rescues Freddie" bobblehead. https://twitter.com/Braves/status/726060409933942784 You can get yours if you're among the early arrivals at Turner Field when ...
Braves hope Garcia can help offense
Get complete Atlanta Braves coverage at AJC.com, myAJC.com and Atlanta Braves News Now on Facebook. (Photo by Curtis Compton / AJC)

Updated: 6:47 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

The Braves sent Adonis Garcia to Triple-A Gwinnett in large part because they wanted him to work on his defense. They recalled him Friday because their anemic offense needs some punch.Even after his three-week stay in the minors, Garcia ranked tied for third among Braves players with 27 hits and ...
How's Braves prospect Dansby Swanson doing?
Dansby Swanson is 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and 22 years old. He played at Marietta High School.

11:42 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

An update on key Braves prospect Dansby Swanson of Marietta, who started the season playing in Advanced A but has been promoted to the Double-A Mississippi Braves: Friday's game Swanson went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against Jacksonville. Swanson's season Double-A: He's hitting .286 with three homers and 14 RBIs. ...
Tyler Flowers thriving in first season with Braves
The Braves rally comes up just short as Tyler Flowers follows a solo home run by Freddie Freeman hitting a long shot to the warning track for an out during the ninth inning in a baseball game on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Atlanta. The Phillies held on to beat the Braves 3-2. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

3:13 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

Braves catcher Tyler Flowers recognized a fastball in the first inning. He didn’t miss it as he took the pitch over the center-field wall.“It was a fastball middle away,” Flowers said. “I think he was trying to go back door, and it ran back over the plate a little bit. ...
Braves DFA infielder Brignac, recall Garcia
Infielder Reid Brignac played in 13 games for the Braves this season.

2:05 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

The Braves designated veteran infielder Reid Brignac for assignment Friday and recalled Adonis Garcia from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the open roster spot. Brignac, 30, has played in 13 games for the Braves this season while hitting .207 (6-for-29) with eight strikeouts and no walks. He started three games at ...
Native American team names (like Braves) pass poll test

Updated: 11:08 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

This iconic NFL helmet does not offend the vast majority of Native Americans, according to a Washington Post poll. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) The slippery, sliding scale of what offends and what doesn’t tilted steeply last week. Among the beneficiaries – unintended to the specific purpose of this poll – were ...

Braves swept by Brewers, fall to 2-20 at home

Updated: 1:03 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

Rain delayed their game against the Brewers for more than an hour in the seventh inning Thursday night, but when play resumed the Braves kept right on stranding runners with astonishing consistency en route to another home loss. After blowing a 2-0 first-inning lead, Atlanta stranded multiple runners in every ...
Braves’ Freeman: ‘I’ve had a pretty horrible season so far’
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman started the season 2-for-25 with one extra-base hit (and nine walks) in the first eight games.

Updated: 12:54 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

Freddie Freeman, the guy who led the major leagues in batting average with runners in scoring position in 2015, went 0-for-3 each of the past two nights in those situations to drop his RISP average to a team-worst .125. The Braves first baseman is mired in a 1-for-26 skid with ...
Photos: Braves are swept at home
An Atlanta Braves fan has room to stretch out as he watches the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Braves fall to 2-20 at home following May 26, 2016, loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Turner Field.

Braves’ Olivera gets 82-game suspension without pay
Braves left fielder Hector Olivera has been suspended through Aug. 1 without pay by Major League Baseball. He was arrested April 13 in suburban Washington, D.C., for misdemeanor assault and battery involving a female acquaintance. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 7:02 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016

Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has been suspended through Aug. 1 without pay for violating Major League Baseball’s joint policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The suspension is retroactive to April 30 and amounts to 82 games, which will cost him just over half of his $4 million ...
Kelly optioned to Triple-A, Withrow called up for fresh arm
Chris Withrow was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday to give the Braves a fresh arm in the bullpen. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Updated: 6:55 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Braves optioned Casey Kelly back to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, a day after the rookie pitched four solid relief innings in a 13-inning loss to Milwaukee on just two days’ rest since his last start. Reliever Chris Withrow was recalled from Gwinnett to give the Braves a fresh arm ...
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