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Braves being cautious with Albies, remains day-to-day

Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies was out of the lineup Sunday, as expected, and remains a day-to-day case. Albies left Friday’s game against the Nationals in the third inning as a precaution due to right hamstring tightness. He appeared injured after doubling in the first inning, but went on to steal third and score on Freddie Freeman’s ground out. Charlie Culberson, who entered for...


Ozzie Albies exits early in Friday’s Braves game

Ozzie Albies exits early in Friday’s Braves game

Second baseman Ozzie Albies exited the Braves’ 8-5 win over the Nationals Friday in the third inning. Albies sustained a right-hamstring injury after doubling in the first inning. He then stole third and scored on a Freddie Freeman ground out. The Braves announced he left the game as a precaution. “He’s OK. The right hamstring was tight,” manager Brian Snitker said. &ldquo...
Zach Britton, Braves could be fit - depending upon price

Zach Britton, Braves could be fit - depending upon price

The Braves are back in a pennant race, and it’s no secret they’re looking for bullpen help. Rumors will rev up with the trade deadline 11 days away. The Orioles already sold the market’s most coveted asset, star Manny Machado, sending him to the Dodgers for five players, only one of whom was a top 100 prospect. That shouldn’t end the Orioles’ selling. They could soon...
Fried, rather than Gohara, likely to get nod Tuesday

Fried, rather than Gohara, likely to get nod Tuesday

The Braves are leaning toward starting Max Fried on Tuesday in Miami. Luiz Gohara, once presumed the likelier candidate, had a spotty start with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, allowing four runs on seven hits in 4-1/3 innings. His velocity was up and down, according to manager Brian Snitker. “It spiked a little bit, but not consistent where you’d like to see it,” he said. &ldquo...
Acuna leads off as Braves adjust lineup to start second half

Acuna leads off as Braves adjust lineup to start second half

In an effort to rejuvenate the offense to open the second half, Braves manager Brian Snitker placed rookie Ronald Acuna atop the team’s lineup Friday. The Braves opened the second half with a series in Washington, a pivotal meeting for them and the Nationals, who sit five games behind the Braves and 5-1/2 out of first place in the National League East. Acuna led the team off, with Ozzie Albies...
The raising of a Hall of Famer: For Chipper Jones, the perfect upbringing

The raising of a Hall of Famer: For Chipper Jones, the perfect upbringing

How would you, from scratch, make a Hall of Fame switch-hitter? How would you construct not only one swing that would hold up against the oncoming freight train of a major league fastball, but also its mirror image on the other side of the plate?  Albert Einstein, somewhat of an expert on the subject, once determined that, “The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple...
From one Hall-of-Famer to another: Hank Aaron reflects on career, Chipper Jones induction

From one Hall-of-Famer to another: Hank Aaron reflects on career, Chipper Jones induction

It was Hank Aaron who convinced the Braves to draft Chipper Jones. What led him to believe, at a young age, that Chipper was going to be a Hall of Famer? WSB Radio’s Jay Black and Chris Camp sat down with the baseball legend to discuss his answer to that question, and many more on topics including the Braves’ success during the first half of the season and his take on the crop of young...
Braves’ TV ratings are at a five-year high

Braves’ TV ratings are at a five-year high

The Braves resume play after the All-Star break with their local TV ratings at a five-year high.  The Braves’ 91 telecasts on Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast before the break averaged a 3.09 rating in the Atlanta TV market, up 51 percent from a 2.04 rating through the same number of games last season.  The average local TV audience for Braves games this season is about 75...
Francoeur believes Braves will make his job interesting through September

Francoeur believes Braves will make his job interesting through September

Those who might believe that the Braves were leaking a little oil entering the All-Star break – that shiny slick left behind the eight losses in their past 11 games is a clue – may want to take their concerns to Jeff Fancoeur. Not that he’s the mechanic who can fix the problem. His playing days were done following the 2016 season, having worn eight different uniforms in a dozen seasons...
Braves’ Luiz Gohara struggles, Austin Riley stands out in Gwinnett loss

Braves’ Luiz Gohara struggles, Austin Riley stands out in Gwinnett loss

Left-hander Luiz Gohara,  a candidate to start for the Braves against the Marlins Tuesday, allowed four earned runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings for the Gwinnett Stripers Thursday night. The Indianapolis Indians ended Gwinnett’s five-game winning streak, taking the finale of a four-game series 10-3 at Coolray Field. Gohara, 1-4 in Triple-A, threw 91 pitches. He had a walk and four strikeouts...
Braves players unconvinced they need big trade

Braves players unconvinced they need big trade

For the first time in a long time, the Braves were popular at the All-Star game. The team has exceeded expectations. It’s propelled by Freddie Freeman, an MVP favorite; Nick Markakis, exemplifying that it’s never too late to have a career year; and a conglomerate of youthful energy. They’re a half-game out of first place in the National League East, trailing the Phillies, a team...
Braves plan to ‘top off’ new spring training facility Friday

Braves plan to ‘top off’ new spring training facility Friday

The Braves plan to celebrate a construction milestone on their new spring-training facility in southwest Florida with a “topping off” ceremony Friday morning.  Although much work remains to be done, the ceremony at the construction site in North Port, Fla., will mark the installation of the last steel beam atop the stadium and signal significant progress on the $125 million project...
Dodgers, not Phillies, land Manny Machado in trade

Dodgers, not Phillies, land Manny Machado in trade

Good news for Braves fans. Orioles star Manny Machado won’t be going to the Philadelphia Phillies, the team the Braves trail by a half-game in the NL East standings. The Los Angeles Dodgers landed the prized All-Star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night. The Orioles received five prospects: outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-hander Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon...
Freddie Freeman a Vegas favorite for NL MVP at halfway point

Freddie Freeman a Vegas favorite for NL MVP at halfway point

The Braves open the second half of their season Friday in Washington. They sit at 52-42, a half-game behind the Phillies for the National League East lead. Many would consider the Braves, along with those Phillies and perhaps the Mariners, as baseball’s most pleasant surprises. Entering the second half, the Braves have the ninth-best odds to win the World Series, according to MyBookie.AG. Freddie...
How Braves fared in 2018 All-Star game

How Braves fared in 2018 All-Star game

A quartet of Braves All-Stars, including three first-timers, played for the National League in Tuesday’s midsummer classic in Washington. The American League prevailed, 8-6, in a 10-inning affair that included a record 10 home runs. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was the league’s leading vote-getter and playing in his third All-Star game. He started and hit fourth in the order...
Mike Foltynewicz channels quiet strength en route to All-Star game

Mike Foltynewicz channels quiet strength en route to All-Star game

When things get tough, Mike Foltynewicz glances at his right hand and sees a jet tattooed on his finger. Foltynewicz grew notorious for what some would call implosions on the mound. If a call didn’t go his way, if a break or two went against him, there were times Foltynewicz struggled to recover. When the Braves acquired him from the Astros, they were adding a talented arm who was erratic but...
Young All-Star Ozzie Albies making impression around baseball

Young All-Star Ozzie Albies making impression around baseball

Ozzie Albies stepped on to the red carpet as a 21-year-old All-Star. The Braves second baseman started in the Futures game just three years ago. He’s a reserve for the National League All-Stars in Washington, and finished as the second-leading vote-getter among NL second baseman (Javy Baez, Cubs). “It’s been great,” Albies said before Tuesday’s game. “It’s...
Photos: Braves players at the All-Star Game

Photos: Braves players at the All-Star Game

Four Braves played for the National League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in Washington. Earlier in the day, they donned some of the best duds and attended a red-carpet event with their families. Scroll through a photo gallery (above) to see Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis, Ozzie Albies and Mike Foltynewicz at baseball’s big night. The Braves are off Wednesday and Thursday and return...
Analysis: Braves should make a move, but shouldn’t be criticized if minimal

Analysis: Braves should make a move, but shouldn’t be criticized if minimal

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said he owes it to everyone to make the Braves better. But that shouldn’t disrupt a long-term commitment. Even with the Braves losing eight of their past 11, they’re a half-game within the National League East’s first place. It’s a virtual tie with the Phillies who, like the Braves, are prone to highs and lows with a young team ahead...
Freddie Freeman falls to Bryce Harper in home run derby

Freddie Freeman falls to Bryce Harper in home run derby

Freddie Freeman’s Braves lead Bryce Harper’s Nationals by 5.5 games in the National League East, but Harper won the head-to-head battle Monday night. The long-time rivals were matched against each other in the first round of the home run derby during All-Star week. Harper was a No. 2 seed, Freeman a No. 7. Harper won, 13-12, not needing all his allotted time to win. Freeman was serenaded...
Craig Kimbrel: Braves look like they can compete

Craig Kimbrel: Braves look like they can compete

Craig Kimbrel is in a pretty good spot. The former Braves closer and fan favorite is finishing games for MLB’s best team. The Red Sox are a staggering 68-30 at the All-Star break, and Kimbrel already has secured 30 saves. Kimbrel, 30, earned a spot in his seventh All-Star game after posting a 1.77 ERA and 0.89 WHIP while striking out 62 in 40-2/3 innings. He’s pitched with additional motivation...
Nick Markakis relishing first All-Star game, unsure about future

Nick Markakis relishing first All-Star game, unsure about future

The usually stoic Nick Markakis was encircled by media, fielding questions ranging from his career season to the misfortunes of his former club, the Orioles. It was Markakis’ first All-Star media day. The 13-year veteran earned his first All-Star appearance, receiving the second most votes among National League players. He’ll man right field and hit seventh in Tuesday’s extravaganza...
Jose Altuve: Ozzie Albies ‘one of best hitters I’ve ever seen’

Jose Altuve: Ozzie Albies ‘one of best hitters I’ve ever seen’

Astros MVP second baseman Jose Altuve made waves when he declared Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies a better player than himself earlier in the season. “He’s better at 21 than I am at 28,” Altuve said, via a Buster Olney column May 20. The pair are often compared because of their small size, position and playing style. Altuve is listed at 5-foot-6, while Albies is listed at 5-8...
Where Freeman, Markakis will hit in All-Star lineup

Where Freeman, Markakis will hit in All-Star lineup

National League All-Stars manager Dave Roberts announced his starting lineup during a news conference Monday. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman will hit cleanup. He's the first Brave since Fred McGriff in 1996 to bat fourth in the midsummer classic. Freeman also will participate in the home run derby Monday night. Braves right fielder Nick Markakis will hit seventh. He's been a mainstay at cleanup...
All-Star game, draft demonstrate state’s baseball prowess  

All-Star game, draft demonstrate state’s baseball prowess  

Three former Georgia high school baseball players – Nick Markakis, Charlie Blackmon and Buster Posey -- are major league All-Stars this week.  That’s not unusual for Georgia, not lately.  Since 2010, there have been 13 Georgia MLB All-Stars who have accounted for 24 appearances. Seven were in the 2010 game in Anaheim, where Matt Capps of Alexander High in Douglasville was the...
Alex Anthopoulos in conversation, Pt. 2: Braves pitching and playoffs

Alex Anthopoulos in conversation, Pt. 2: Braves pitching and playoffs

The Atlanta Braves arrived at the All-Star break at 52-42, a half-game game out of first place in the National League East. That’s the good part. Less good is that they’ve lost 13 of 21 and have seen a 3-1/2-game division lead evaporate. Over the weekend, general manager Alex Anthopoulos held forth on his team and its immediate future. Part I of that conversation can be found here...
Kyle Wright makes All-Star Futures Game, credits aggressive pitching

Kyle Wright makes All-Star Futures Game, credits aggressive pitching

Kyle Wright might be the next Braves pitcher to benefit from an attacking mindset. Wright, the Braves’ No. 5 overall pick from Vanderbilt a year ago, earned a spot on the U.S. Team in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game in Washington, D.C. He’s joined by Braves farmhand and former teammate Touki Toussaint, who was on the opposing World Team, along with many of the game’s premier...
Teheran comes through as Braves avoid sweep with 5-1 win over D-backs

Teheran comes through as Braves avoid sweep with 5-1 win over D-backs

In his most perplexing season, Braves veteran Julio Teheran had alternated really good and really bad starts his past six times out. But Sunday, in the last game before the All-Star break, when his slumping team needed a solid performance from the veteran to help send them to the break in a better mood, he came through. Teheran had one of those days that remind folks of how good he still can be, taking...
Touki Toussaint’s July keeps getting better as he earns Future Stars spot

Touki Toussaint’s July keeps getting better as he earns Future Stars spot

Touki Toussaint was trying to take a mid-afternoon nap, expecting a laid-back weekend before making his second Triple-A start Monday.  Less than a few hours later, he was in Washington, D.C. preparing to play for the World Team in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. He represented Haiti, where he spent most of the first six years of his life. Toussaint is another of the seemingly endless...
Acuna moves to center in place of slumping Inciarte

Acuna moves to center in place of slumping Inciarte

An eventful first half-season in the majors for Ronald Acuna ended with the celebrated Braves rookie playing center field for the first time at the big-league level Sunday against the Diamondbacks in the last game before the All-Star break. Braves manager Brian Snitker switched Acuna from left field to center and benched slumping Ender Inciarte, who’s having his worst season at the plate and...
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals

This being Alex Anthopoulos’ first season here, it also constitutes his first excursion as Braves general manager into the July market of deadline buyers/sellers. Not to overstate the obvious, but the moves he makes -- or doesn’t make -- these next 2½ weeks could change the dynamics of the National League East race, a race almost nobody figured would include his Braves. During the...
Greinke, D-backs shut out the slumping Braves

Greinke, D-backs shut out the slumping Braves

Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is on his best roll of the season, while Sean Newcomb and the slumping Braves are stumbling into the All-Star break. Another sellout crowd Saturday at SunTrust Park, another loss for the home nine. The Braves presented no problems whatsoever for Greinke on a steamy afternoon, the right-hander allowing just four hits over 7 2/3 innings of a 3-0 Arizona win that assured...
 Braves consider post-break pitching plans

 Braves consider post-break pitching plans

Assuming Mike Foltynewicz gets to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star game, the Braves plan to rest him against the Nationals in the first series after the break. And assuming they don’t acquire a starter in a trade in the next week, they plan to start Luiz Gohara or Max Fried in a July 24 game at Miami. Manager Brian Snitker said he probably would start Sean Newcomb in Friday’s series opener...
Vizcaino goes back on DL for recurring shoulder woes

Vizcaino goes back on DL for recurring shoulder woes

The Braves were especially careful not to overwork closer Arodys Vizcaino after he came off the disabled list July 3, but it didn’t much matter. He’s back on the DL, once again with inflammation in his balky right shoulder. In an unexpected move made a half-hour before Saturday’s game against Arizona, the Braves placed Vizcaino on the 10-day DL and reinstated veteran reliever Peter...
50th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 500th home run

50th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 500th home run

On July 14, 1968, at the old Atlanta Stadium, Braves outfielder Henry Aaron became the seventh major league player to reach 500 career home runs. Aaron hit a homer off San Francisco Giants left-hander Mike McCormick. His three-run shot broke open a scoreless game in the third inning and put the Braves on their way to a 4-2 victory. Ron Reed was the winning pitcher for the Braves, and Cecil Upshaw...
Braves quotes after loss to Diamondbacks

Braves quotes after loss to Diamondbacks

The Braves had a record crowd at SunTrust Park on Friday, but the 42, 130 fans weren’t treated to an energetic affair. Arizona scored the go-ahead run in the seventh, giving the Diamondbacks a 2-1 win over the Braves. Anibal Sanchez pitched well again, limiting the Snakes to one run in six innings. But his offense couldn’t back him up. Braves hitters not named Freddie Freeman or Nick Markakis...
At the break, these Braves are a glass way more than half-full

At the break, these Braves are a glass way more than half-full

The Atlanta Braves began their final series before the All-Star break a half-game out of first place, and here we should remove our gaze from individual conifers to behold Ye Olde Forest. Forget the “a half-game out” part. (With Friday’s loss, it became 1-1/2 games.) Note instead the bit about “first place.” Over the past three seasons, the Braves finished an aggregate...
Sanchez excellent again, but Braves can’t find much offense in loss

Sanchez excellent again, but Braves can’t find much offense in loss

The Braves offense never woke up, while the bullpen surrendered the go-ahead run in the seventh, squandering another notable outing from Anibal Sanchez Friday night. Sanchez’s magnificence was unwound by a familiar story. He exited after throwing 86 pitches and allowing just one run over six innings, giving way to a bullpen that’s had a rough go lately, and banking on an offense that&rsquo...
Mike Soroka hopes to provide late-season boost for Braves

Mike Soroka hopes to provide late-season boost for Braves

If the National League East race continues at its current pace, every game might carry postseason implications. Mike Soroka wants to be a possibly crucial stretch-run addition for the Braves. The 20-year-old has been on the disabled list since June 27 with shoulder soreness. It’s already his second DL stint in the majors – having made only five starts – after the righty never missed...
Braves plan to start Luiz Gohara after All-Star break

Braves plan to start Luiz Gohara after All-Star break

As the Braves evaluate their post-All-Star break rotation options, Luiz Gohara has emerged as the likeliest candidate to fill the fifth starter spot. Gohara has endured an unorthodox season that has involved injuries, a trip to Brazil to see his ailing mother, and shifts between Triple-A and the majors and the rotation and the bullpen. But perhaps there’s finally clarity: Gohara was optioned...
Braves’ Freddie Freeman to compete in Home Run Derby

Braves’ Freddie Freeman to compete in Home Run Derby

Shortly after his teammate Ozzie Albies helped dismantle the Blue Jays 9-5 with two home runs on Wednesday, the Braves announced Freddie Freeman would be participating in next week’s Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. Freeman said he got the invite last week while the team was in St. Louis, and wavered on whether or not to accept. He’s heard the chatter about the contest altering hitters&rsquo...
Braves quotes after Wednesday’s 9-5 win over Blue Jays

Braves quotes after Wednesday’s 9-5 win over Blue Jays

Braves quotes after Wednesday’s 9-5 win over the Blue Jays. “It feels amazing with her here because she told me before I left Curacao, she wanted 20 (homers) from me this year. It happened right in front of her, she saw it live. So I’m happy it happened today.” “I’m happy, and hopefully they keep coming.” “Probably a Curacao thing, I guess. No, like...
Albies homers twice, Braves hang on to beat Jays

Albies homers twice, Braves hang on to beat Jays

  The way things have gone lately for the Braves, they should’ve known that a six-run second inning and a 7-0 lead for Mike Foltynewicz would not assure an easy night. Nothing’s come easy lately for anyone – well, anyone not named Ozzie Albies. After the Blue Jays scored five runs in the seventh inning to get within 7-5, Albies hit his second homer of the game and 20th of the...
Braves’ malaise is widespread, so the people want lineup changes

Braves’ malaise is widespread, so the people want lineup changes

Virtually every part of the Braves’ performance has waned in recent weeks, and the team entered Wednesday with six losses in its past seven games and a 16-17 record since the beginning of June. “Our total game, really,” manager Brian Snitker said of reasons behind the malaise. “We’ve been fighting through it, not as sharp as we had been. It’s just one of them things...
Chipper says Boras complaints about shifts were ‘lazy’

Chipper says Boras complaints about shifts were ‘lazy’

Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is tired of hearing complaints about shift defenses, specifically citing recent comments from powerful agent Scott Boras, who called shifts “discriminatory” because they make things tougher for left-handed hitters than for right-handers. Jones, who’ll be inducted July 29 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y., broached the subject of...
5 things about the slumping Braves

5 things about the slumping Braves

Five things about the slumping Braves entering Wednesday’s finale of a brief two-game series with the Blue Jays: 1. Braves have lost five of their past seven home games and have lost six of their past seven games overall. They’ve been outscored 43-23 in their past seven games while posting a .693 team OPS and striking out at least nine times in six of seven games. Braves hit .172 (10-for-58)...
What Braves said after losing to Blue Jays

What Braves said after losing to Blue Jays

The Braves have hit their longest skid of the season. Tuesday’s 6-2 home loss to Toronto marked the Braves’ sixth loss in seven games. The Blue Jays scored five runs off the Braves in the eighth, breaking a 1-1 tie. A.J. Minter was tagged for four runs (three earned) after entering to face the heart of Toronto’s lineup. Here’s what the Braves said after the game: On Julio Teheran...
Braves fall out of first place with loss to Blue Jays

Braves fall out of first place with loss to Blue Jays

Marcus Stroman’s season has been plagued with extremes of good and bad. Unfortunately for the Braves, Tuesday brought the good. Stroman pitched seven one-run innings, and an eighth-inning explosion helped the Blue Jays defeat the Braves 6-2 at SunTrust Park. It was the Braves’ sixth loss in seven games since beginning the last road trip with four wins. Their loss, coupled with the Phillies&rsquo...
Max Fried progressing, Brandon McCarthy still not close to return

Max Fried progressing, Brandon McCarthy still not close to return

Two sidelined Braves starters appear headed in different directions. Max Fried will make a rehab start possibly soon after the upcoming All-Star break. Veteran Brandon McCarthy remains a question mark as his knee hasn’t responded as the organization hoped. Fried pitched three innings in Milwaukee five days ago before being placed on the disabled list with a blister on his middle finger. He impressed...
Freddie Freeman: We forced our way onto national scene

Freddie Freeman: We forced our way onto national scene

In a Braves season full of surprises, a healthy Freddie Freeman starting at first base for the National League All-Star team is anything but. And as Freeman defined it, these Braves have drawn eyes. Spending most of the season in first place will do that for you. “We forced our team onto the national stage,” Freeman said. “Obviously no one picked us this year, but we’ve played...
Mike Foltynewicz starts Wednesday as rotation stays on schedule

Mike Foltynewicz starts Wednesday as rotation stays on schedule

The Braves will pitch Mike Foltynewicz on regular rest Wednesday, allowing their All-Star starter and the rest of the rotation to stay on routine before the All-Star break. Manager Brian Snitker indicated giving Foltynewicz another day of rest, perhaps starting lefty Luiz Gohara, was an option. But the team opted to send Foltynewicz out on regular rest. “Stay on a normal schedule,” Snitker...
Braves’ Inciarte pulled from game for not hustling

Braves’ Inciarte pulled from game for not hustling

MILWAUKEE – It wasn’t as dramatic as the last time a Braves manager replaced a stellar defensive center fielder for lack of hustle, because Brian Snitker didn’t pull Ender Inciarte off the field in the middle of an inning the way Bobby Cox did with Andruw Jones in 1998. Nevertheless, Snitker’s point was made and the message received loud and clear by Inciarte, who was replaced...
Braves have four All-Stars including starters Freeman, Markakis

Braves have four All-Stars including starters Freeman, Markakis

MILWAUKEE – The Braves are good and folks really like them, if the All-Star balloting and selection process was any indication. The team’s surprising success on the field carried over to ballot boxes as Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and right fielder Nick Markakis were voted National League starters. Second baseman Ozzie Albies and pitcher Mike Foltynewicz also made the team for...
Newcomb, Braves relievers pummeled in 10-3 loss to Brewers

Newcomb, Braves relievers pummeled in 10-3 loss to Brewers

MILWAUKEE – Sean Newcomb looked like a strong All-Star candidate a few weeks ago. Now the Braves left-hander looks like a young pitcher who could use a rest. Or something. Newcomb gave up five runs and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning Sunday in a 10-3 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park, his second poor start on a 10-game trip that saw the Braves drop five of the last six. ...
Minter relishes high-leverage opportunities in Braves bullpen

Minter relishes high-leverage opportunities in Braves bullpen

MILWAUKEE – Braves rookie A.J. Minter struck out three of four batters he faced in the ninth inning  Saturday at Milwaukee, another example of his recent progress and a reminder of why he’s been projected as a future closer since he was drafted in 2015. That future could be sooner than later. Minter already has part-time closer duties, as manager Brian Snitker is being cautious with...
‘Viz’ and Minter pitch 8th and 9th innings -- in that order

‘Viz’ and Minter pitch 8th and 9th innings -- in that order

MILWAUKEE – A.J. Minter and closer Arodys Vizcaino pitched the eighth and ninth innings of the Braves’ 5-1 win Saturday at Milwaukee, which wasn’t surprising.  But the fact that Vizcaino pitched the eighth inning and Minter the ninth was a bit of a new wrinkle. Braves manager Brian Snitker has said recently that he would be comfortable using left-hander Minter and Dan Winkler...
Sanchez has been godsend for Braves; Saturday was his best work yet

Sanchez has been godsend for Braves; Saturday was his best work yet

On a beautiful upper-Midwest Saturday afternoon at Miller Park, Braves pitcher Anibal Sanchez looked like someone who’s been on a job long enough to find a comfort zone where production outshines all reasonable expectations. Where a man’s physical skills are seemingly in decline but his performance better than many of those much younger, those in their primes while he’s well past...
Braves’ Teheran still expected to start Tuesday

Braves’ Teheran still expected to start Tuesday

Julio Teheran’s health has improved, and the Braves expect the veteran pitcher to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Blue Jays, manager Brian Snitker said Saturday.  Teheran felt sick after his Wednesday start in New York and was sent back to Atlanta to rest rather than accompany the team to Milwaukee for a four-game series that runs through Sunday. Snitker said he was scheduled...
Acuna out of lineup, might play Sunday

Acuna out of lineup, might play Sunday

Less than 18 hours after pulling Ronald Acuna from a game when the prized rookie felt tightness in his left groin while beating out an infield single, Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t going to play him Saturday afternoon against the Brewers, regardless of how Acuna said he felt after arriving at Miller Park. Yes, Snitker mentioned the possibility to reporters after Friday’s game that...
Foltynewicz: In his 17th start, just his second awful inning

Foltynewicz: In his 17th start, just his second awful inning

Mike Foltynewicz had one bad start before Friday. Or to be more accurate, the Braves pitcher had one rotten inning inning before Friday. It was a six-run second inning against the Giants on May 5, all the runs he gave up that day in his five innings of work during a 9-4 loss. And then came Friday at Milwaukee. Foltynewicz had his second bad start of the season. Or to be more accurate, he had his second...
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