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Pitch command no issue for Braves prospect Newcomb so far

Braves lefty pitching prospect Sean Newcomb walked too many batters in Triple-A. seems logical he will walk even more in the big leagues. Major league hitters may not know his tendencies but that’s more than offset by their superior talent and plate discipline. But it hasn’t worked out that way so far for Newcomb, who is walking a substantially lower percentage of batters than he did at...



Another Phillips homer lifts Braves over Brewers

Another Phillips homer lifts Braves over Brewers

Brandon Phillips gave the Reds his OK to trade him to his hometown team this year. That decision is working so well for Phillips that he hopes the Braves will keep him around after this season. Phillips’ go-ahead, two-run home run in the third inning Saturday sent the Braves on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Brewers at SunTrust Park. It was the third consecutive game with a homer for the...
‘Tricky’ hamstring injury keeps Kemp out of Braves lineup

‘Tricky’ hamstring injury keeps Kemp out of Braves lineup

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp so far hasn’t been able to pull off the difficult balancing act of letting his nagging hamstring injury heal while continuing to play. Kemp was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game Saturday. He left Thursday’s game because of what the Braves said was tightness in his left hamstring. “It’s not serious; it’s just something that&rsquo...
Braves win with key plays by rookies Swanson, Camargo

Braves win with key plays by rookies Swanson, Camargo

It was like old times Friday for Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and third baseman Johan Camargo. The pair played infield for Double-A Mississippi last season and are doing it with the Braves now that Camargo is getting regular playing time. Each made superlative defensive plays to hold off Brewers rallies during the 5-4 Braves victory at SunTrust Park. “Both those young guys on that side of...
Adams becomes a complication for Braves — in a good way

Adams becomes a complication for Braves — in a good way

If only Matt Adams hadn’t gone on his galoot-free diet and had reported to the Braves looking like he was smuggling grapefruit in his uniform. Were only he the typical left-handed masher that he appears to be at first glance, mindlessly pumping baseballs into the shift and either hitting home runs or taking a seat. Then we wouldn’t be going through all this hullabaloo right now. Freddie...
Phillips big early, rookie infielders huge late in Braves’ 5-4 win

Phillips big early, rookie infielders huge late in Braves’ 5-4 win

Hours after unveiling a new Braves T-shirt bearing his likeness and showcasing his Stone Mountain roots and proud ATLien status, veteran Brandon Phillips had a home run and two RBIs to help his squad and pitcher Mike Foltynewicz take a lead on the way to continuing their recent surge in a series-opening win against the Brewers. But it was a pair of rookie infielders, shortstop Dansby Swanson and third...
Braves’ multiple rain delays becoming a bit tiresome

Braves’ multiple rain delays becoming a bit tiresome

The season isn’t even half over, and the Braves already had eight rain delays, the most in the National League, including three in the four-game series against the Giants that ended Thursday at SunTrust Park, where the last two games of the series ended after midnight. And there was a good chance of rain for Friday night’s home series opener against the Brewers at SunTrust Park. &ldquo...
Freeman cleared to swing bat, could start rehab stint in 7-10 days

Freeman cleared to swing bat, could start rehab stint in 7-10 days

After having his left wrist examined again Friday, Braves slugger Freddie Freeman was cleared to start swinging a bat and hopes to begin a rehab assignment in seven to 10 days, reiterating his intention of playing in a July 6-9 road series against the Nationals leading into All-Star break. That’s three weeks ahead of an original 10-week estimate for Freeman’s recovery following his left-wrist...
Kemp out of Braves lineup with sore hamstring

Kemp out of Braves lineup with sore hamstring

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp was out of the lineup for Friday’s game against the Brewers after he left the previous night’s game because of what the team said was tightness in his left hamstring. Manager Brian Snitker said Kemp told him he would be available to pinch hit. Kemp left Thursday’s victory over the Giants after hitting a single in the fifth inning. The Braves placed Kemp...
Ender Inciarte unveils Braves T-shirt design

Ender Inciarte unveils Braves T-shirt design

Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte on Friday unveiled a T-shirt he designed along with Muideen Ogunmola of the ’47 brand. The shirt includes images and colors inspired by the flag of Inciarte’s home country, Venezuela, with illustrations on the sleeve that represent memories of his late father. The shirt also depicts Inciarte after he hit the first home run at SunTrust Park and his ...
Brandon Phillips unveils Braves T-shirt design

Brandon Phillips unveils Braves T-shirt design

Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips on Friday unveiled a T-shirt that he designed along with Muideen Ogunmola of the ’47 brand. The shirt includes an image of Phillips, a native of Stone Mountain, in his Braves uniform doing the “making it rain” gesture. It also includes depictions of what Phillips said are some of his favorite memories from childhood: the Stone Mountain Park...
AJC Peachtree Road Race latest milestone in Kimberly Flowers’ journey

AJC Peachtree Road Race latest milestone in Kimberly Flowers’ journey

Roughly 16 months and 113 pounds ago, Kimberly Flowers struggled to get out of chairs, to walk up the stairs. On July 4, she’ll participate for the first time in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Flowers has been an accountant at Howard Brothers in Duluth for the past 17 years. But she was fighting an internal war: She weighed 307 pounds. For the second consecutive year,...
Braves Kemp, Phillips leave game with injuries

Braves Kemp, Phillips leave game with injuries

Braves outfielder Matt Kemp (hamstring) and second baseman Brandon Phillips (groin) each left the game Thursday after suffering injuries. The team said both players are day-to-day. Phillips said he tweaked his left groin while swinging and missing at a pitch during his second at-bat of the fifth inning. He drew a walk, ran from first to third base on Nick Markakis’ single and scored on Danny...
Braves get 8-run inning, then hang on to beat Giants, 12-11

Braves get 8-run inning, then hang on to beat Giants, 12-11

Jaime Garcia had his second bad start in a row for the Braves on Thursday night, but by 12:30 a.m. it had become a footnote, overshadowed by a fifth-inning avalanche of Atlanta offense and some shaky Atlanta defense and bullpen work as the Braves nearly blew all of a six-run lead lead. They hung on for a 12-11 win against the San Francisco Giants, who are a shadow of that franchise’s recent...
‘Big City’ Adams has surprised many, but not one Braves slugger

‘Big City’ Adams has surprised many, but not one Braves slugger

While Freddie Freeman has been on the disabled list recovering from a fractured left wrist, Matt Kemp and Matt Adams, the first baseman acquired via trade from St. Louis to fill in for Freeman, have continued to give the Braves a powerful 1-2 punch in the middle of the order, with Adams hitting fifth behind Kemp. Each had a two-run homer in Wednesday’s 5-3 win against the Giants, Kemp&rsquo...
Kemp likes Braves’ team chemistry and late-innings resilience

Kemp likes Braves’ team chemistry and late-innings resilience

When Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning Wednesday, it was the veteran slugger’s first walk-off homer since 2012, but the third walk-off win for the Braves in a five-day span. The Braves, a team still five games under .500 (33-38), had the distinction of leading the majors with 12 wins in their final at-bat. “It just shows the fight that we have,” Kemp said. “We&rsquo...
Jace Peterson returns to Braves with ‘confidence back’

Jace Peterson returns to Braves with ‘confidence back’

Utility man Jace Peterson returned to the Braves from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday looking to repeat his feat of June 2016. Back then Peterson rejoined the Braves after a stint in the minors and played well enough that he stayed with the big-league club for the rest of the season. “Last year, same kind of scenario, I got back up here and was able to put some good at-bats together,” Peterson...
With Camargo surging, Braves send down Ruiz

With Camargo surging, Braves send down Ruiz

Johan Camargo’s emergence didn’t leave much playing time for Rio Ruiz so the Braves sent Ruiz to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. Ruiz, 23, has started 21 games this season at third base but had made just three starts since June 14. The lefty batter was hitting .175 with a .264 on-base percentage. “It’s not going to do him any good at his age and where he’s at in his career...
Baseball stars who have changed positions

Baseball stars who have changed positions

As the Braves continue to consider moving All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman to third base, here’s a look back at other players who have transitioned to other fielding positions.
Newcomb retires 13 straight, but still winless

Newcomb retires 13 straight, but still winless

For a rookie who didn’t know he was starting until late Tuesday afternoon and then got caught in a storm delay moments before first pitch, Sean Newcomb didn’t look flustered. In fact, he looked just the opposite. After a 75-minute rain delay Wednesday night, Newcomb threw six innings of one-run ball against San Francisco. While the Braves recorded a 5-3 walk-off win in the 11th inning...
LEADOFF: With 200 days to go, plans take shape for CFP title game

LEADOFF: With 200 days to go, plans take shape for CFP title game

The countdown to the College Football Playoff national championship game in Atlanta reaches a milestone today: 200 days to go. On Jan. 8, the college football championship will be decided at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, marking the first time the sport’s champion will be crowned in Atlanta. Two hundred days may seem like a lot of time. For event organizers, it’s not. The Atlanta Football Host...
Home ballpark quirks help Braves beat Giants

Home ballpark quirks help Braves beat Giants

The Braves beat the Giants on Wednesday night with some help from the quirks of their new ballpark. Matt Kemp sneaked a walk-off homer over the fence in right field in the 10th after Tyler Flowers hit a home run that bounced off the top of the short left-field wall in the seventh. The Braves weren’t apologizing for getting some favorable breaks at SunTrust Park. “Other teams have taken...
Kemp’s 11th-ining homer gives Braves another walk-off win

Kemp’s 11th-ining homer gives Braves another walk-off win

The Braves blew a 3-1 lead in the late innings Wednesday, perhaps just so they could dump another cooloer of Powerade on someone while celebrating another walk-off win. Matt Kemp got the blue-liquid shower this time after hitting a two-run homer with one out in the 11th inning to give the Braves a 5-3 win against the San Francisco Giants, their third walk-off win in the past five days at SunTrust...
Snitker anticipating lineup possibilities when Freeman returns

Snitker anticipating lineup possibilities when Freeman returns

In two or three weeks, Braves manager Brian Snitker expects to start making out lineups that feature sluggers Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp and Matt Adams in the middle. A trio of big boppers, thanks to Freeman’s decision to move to third base once he returns from the disabled list, to allow Adams to remain at first base. You better believe Snitker is already considering the possibilities. &ldquo...
Braves’ Julio Teheran slowly regaining form

Braves’ Julio Teheran slowly regaining form

Julio Teheran looks to have found his footing at SunTrust Park. He faced one over the minimum through seven shutout innings against the Giants on Tuesday night. Things came unraveled in the eighth. Giants rookie Austin Slater planted a two-seam fastball into the stands to give San Francisco a 3-2 lead and an eventual 6-3 win. “That’s baseball,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said....
Freeman, Braves serious about move to 3B

Freeman, Braves serious about move to 3B

When he first heard that his friend and former teammate Freddie Freeman might switch from first base to third base so the Braves can keep Matt Adams in the lineup, retired former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had to find out if it was true. “I got a text (from Jones) last night that said, ‘Seriously?’” Freeman said Wednesday, a day after news first got out about the possibility...
Braves players intrigued by Freeman position change

Braves players intrigued by Freeman position change

Freddie Freeman and the Braves are serious about his transition to third base. The face of the franchise first baseman said he brought up a potential move two weeks ago to keep the not-so-versatile Matt Adams’ hot bat in the lineup when Freeman returns from the disabled list. Freeman fielded ground balls at third with third base coach Ron Washington on Wednesday afternoon. He plans to return...
Photos: Freddie Freeman the fielder

Photos: Freddie Freeman the fielder

Braves star first baseman Freddie Freeman says he will move to third base when he returns from an injury so the Braves can play Matt Adams at first.
Braves slugger Freeman ‘ahead of schedule’ in rehab

Braves slugger Freeman ‘ahead of schedule’ in rehab

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said he’s targeting a return from the disabled list for a series at the Nationals that begins July 6 in Washington. If Freeman returns for the Nationals series, that would be three weeks earlier than the rehabilitation schedule the Braves announced when they placed him on the disabled list. Freeman has been out since fracturing his left wrist on May 17 when...
Johan Camargo is crushing the ball

Johan Camargo is crushing the ball

He may not have any home runs, but Johan Camargo is crushing the ball. Despite his smaller stature as a middle infielder, Camargo is consistently hitting the ball as hard as anyone active on the Braves roster. Since rejoining the Braves on June 3 after two separate short stints with the big-league club in April and May, Camargo is hitting .405 with eight RBIs and nine runs in 14 games. His 1.016 OPS...
Teheran sails through 7, but sloppy 8th inning sinks Braves

Teheran sails through 7, but sloppy 8th inning sinks Braves

Julio Teheran sailed through seven innings and was well on his way to winning a fourth consecutive decision Tuesday. Then the eighth inning happened, one that Teheran and especially Dansby Swanson would probably like to forget as quickly as possible. The Braves led 2-0 before Austin Slater’s three-run homer in the eighth inning, which came on the next pitch after Swanson dropped a throw to second...
Braves’ Camargo may have worked way into primary 3B duties

Braves’ Camargo may have worked way into primary 3B duties

Braves rookie Johan Camargo made his fourth start at third base in the past five games Monday, and let’s just say he continued to impress team officials and teammates alike. He had three hits including a single, double and RBI triple for his fourth consecutive multi-hit game in a 6-3 loss to the Giants, and Camargo hit a ball that looked like it might be a ninth-inning homer before it sailed...
Despite strong start, Braves’ Newcomb looks to avoid history Wednesday

Despite strong start, Braves’ Newcomb looks to avoid history Wednesday

Maybe the third time’s a charm for Sean Newcomb. That is, the time he finally gets some run support. Sporting a 2.19 ERA over 12 1/3 innings, Newcomb is 0-2. The Braves haven’t scored a run with him on the mound. As a result, Newcomb takes the mound Wednesday searching for his first major league win. Newcomb is the first pitcher since Jacob deGrom (2014) — and first in Braves history...
Which position for Braves slugger Matt Adams? Wrong question

Which position for Braves slugger Matt Adams? Wrong question

Matt Adams could move from first base to the outfield. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Braves are considering trying first baseman Matt Adams at another position when Freddie Freeman returns from the DL and reclaims his position.
Braves prospect Weigel has elbow injury, will see Dr. Andrews

Braves prospect Weigel has elbow injury, will see Dr. Andrews

Braves pitching prospect Patrick Weigel has a possible torn elbow ligament and will see Dr. James Andrews, a person familiar with the situation said. Weigel, 22, was promoted from Double-A Mississippi to Triple-A Gwinnett in early May, and the 6-foot-6 right-hander went 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA in a five-start stretch at Gwinnett before giving up seven hits, nine runs and three homers in 3 1/3 innings...
Bartolo staying on DL, scratched from start with back tightness

Bartolo staying on DL, scratched from start with back tightness

Bartolo Colon was scratched from a scheduled Wednesday start and will remain on the disabled list for the time being because of back stiffness, Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Colon was 2-7 with a majors-worst 7.78 ERA when the Braves put him on the 10-day DL on June 6 with what they said was a strained oblique in his left side. The 44-year-old pitcher was set to be activated and start Wednesday...
Braves mull moving Adams to outfield when Freeman returns

Braves mull moving Adams to outfield when Freeman returns

Matt Adams has been so productive in place of Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman that the team wants to keep him in the regular lineup when Freeman returns from the disabled list as soon as next month. Third base is the one position where the Braves don’t have a consistent regular, but manager Brian Snitker said that likely wouldn’t be the spot for Adams once Freeman returns. &ldquo...
Jaime Garcia ‘loves’ Braves, hopes to re-sign

Jaime Garcia ‘loves’ Braves, hopes to re-sign

Caught in the middle of trade whirlwinds, Jaime Garcia didn’t waver: He wants to be a Brave for life. “If it was up to me,” he said, “I’d love to (stay) apart of the Braves and end my career here.” The Braves added three veteran starters last winter in R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon and Garcia. The latter is the only one who has met, or perhaps exceeded, expectations...
Dickey, Braves roll past free-falling Giants, 9-0

Dickey, Braves roll past free-falling Giants, 9-0

After R.A. Dickey gave up eight earned runs in five innings Wednesday at Washington, the veteran Braves knuckleballer said in an earnest tone, “My results tonight were very pedestrian. But I’m close. I’m close to turning the page here and not being mediocre.” It seemed like wishful thinking at the time, but Dickey looked like he knew something the rest of us didn’t when...
Bartolo Colon set to come off DL and start Wednesday

Bartolo Colon set to come off DL and start Wednesday

Are you ready for the return of Bartolo Colon? Because it’s near. Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed again Monday that all systems are go for Colon to come off the 10-day disabled list Wednesday and start that night against the San Francisco Giants at SunTrust Park. The 44-year-old pitcher was 2-7 with a 7.78 ERA when the Braves put him on the DL June 6 with what they said was a strained...
Braves’ Freeman takes step forward in rehab from wrist fracture

Braves’ Freeman takes step forward in rehab from wrist fracture

In the pouring rain Monday afternoon, injured Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman took another step in his recovery when he threw for five minutes on the field at SunTrust Park. Freeman fractured his left wrist May 17 when hit by a pitch. He didn’t require surgery and the initial estimate was that he’d miss about 10 weeks. That would put his return around late July or early August, but...
Phillips-Swanson chemistry leads resurgent Braves

Phillips-Swanson chemistry leads resurgent Braves

As a senior member of the team might do instinctively, Brandon Phillips took on a mentorship role during Dansby Swanson’s early season struggles. Swanson hit .186 in the Braves’ first two months. Fans called for the shortstop’s demotion as the team floundered. But entering the Giants series this week, Swanson’s was hitting .317 (19-for-60) in June and his success is reflected...
Braves’ Sean Rodriguez, Micah Johnson progressing well in rehab

Braves’ Sean Rodriguez, Micah Johnson progressing well in rehab

With Sean Rodriguez and Micah Johnson progressing steadily in surgery rehab, the Braves could have the stronger bench they envisioned by season’s end. They could also have a potential second-base replacement in either of them – Johnson is farther along in rehab — if Brandon Phillips is traded before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, although prospect Ozzie Albies is the presumed...
Adams and Phillips, good as Braves, could be gone soon

Adams and Phillips, good as Braves, could be gone soon

A walk-off winner leads to ducking and covering. (Curtis Compton/AJC) To say that Matt Adams and Brandon Phillips are carrying the Braves isn’t quite accurate – Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and the catching tandem of Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki have been excellent – but it’s not far off.
Atlanta Braves surprise Staplehouse restaurant co-founder with community award  

Atlanta Braves surprise Staplehouse restaurant co-founder with community award  

The Atlanta Braves and FOX Sports South surprised Staplehouse restaurant co-founder, Jen Hidinger, with a “Community Hero Award” Monday at a celebration    featuring red, white and blue balloons, a marching band and the arrival of Atlanta Braves players.  Hidinger is the one of the founders of  The Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta non-profit which provides...
Braves slugger Matt Kemp slips in All-Star fan voting

Braves slugger Matt Kemp slips in All-Star fan voting

Matt Kemp slipped from fifth to sixth in the latest National League All-Star fan voting update announced Monday. The Braves left fielder’s deficit increased to about 138,000 votes behind Jason Heyward of the Cubs, who remained third in the voting. That will put Heyward in line for the final starting-outfield spot if he maintains that position. Fan voting selects the starting position players...
Phillips does it again: Walk-off hit lifts Braves past Marlins

Phillips does it again: Walk-off hit lifts Braves past Marlins

Winning in dramatic fashion has become a thing for the Braves and “Dat Dude,” who got a walk-off win for the second day in a row Sunday against the Marlins. Brandon Phillips, aka Dat Dude, hit a one-out RBI single in the ninth inning to give the Braves a 5-4, series-finale win against the Marlins at SunTrust Park, one day after he hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to beat the Fish...
‘Frenchy’ can certainly relate to success and struggles of Dansby

‘Frenchy’ can certainly relate to success and struggles of Dansby

Few people can relate to the experiences that Dansby Swanson has gone through in the past year more than Jeff Francoeur, a suburban Atlanta native and former Braves rookie phenom who played 12 seasons in the majors with eight organizations through 2016 and is now doing some broadcast work with the Braves. Like Swanson, Francoeur was a former first-round draft pick and was viewed as the heir-apparent...
Markakis racking up 3-hit games, closing in on 2,000 hits

Markakis racking up 3-hit games, closing in on 2,000 hits

Nick Markakis’ three-hit game in Saturday’s win against the Marlins was the seventh of the season for the Braves right fielder and his 158th three-hit game since Markakis debuted for the Orioles in 2006, third-most in the majors over that span. The 12-year veteran is in some heady company, ranking behind only Miguel Cabrera (177) and Adrian Gonzalez (160) in three-hit games during that...
Adams continues Braves’ huge production from first basemen

Adams continues Braves’ huge production from first basemen

Freddie Freeman hit .341 with 14 homers, 25 RBIs and a 1.209 OPS in 37 games before fracturing his left wrist, so it wasn’t as if the Braves were going to pull off a trade for someone who could fill his shoes and keep doing what he was doing in Freeman’s career-best start. But Matt Adams has come a lot closer to doing it than anyone expected. After going 3-for-4 with two doubles a homer...
Braves beat Marlins on Brandon Phillips walk-off

Braves beat Marlins on Brandon Phillips walk-off

Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia has been the most effective and consistent pitcher of the three veteran starters acquired by the team for this season. One bad inning against the Marlins doesn’t change that, and Braves hitters made sure it didn’t cost the team the game Saturday at SunTrust Park. Braves outfielder Nick Markakis tied the score with an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth...
Etowah’s Drew Waters signed by Braves and ‘ready to get at it’

Etowah’s Drew Waters signed by Braves and ‘ready to get at it’

Etowah High’s Drew Waters said he didn’t think the Braves would select him during the draft Monday. Then, as the team’s second-round pick approached, he got a call from Braves general manager John Coppolella. “I was like, ‘OK, I want to play for the Atlanta Braves,’” Waters said. “So I’m excited.” The Braves signed Waters to a contract that...
Kemp aims to return to Braves lineup Sunday

Kemp aims to return to Braves lineup Sunday

It appears Braves left fielder Matt Kemp will avoid a disabled-list stint for the left hamstring injury that forced him to leave a game at the Nationals on Wednesday. Kemp ran on the field and took some swings in the batting cage before Saturday’s game against the Marlins. He wasn’t in the lineup for a second consecutive day, but said he would be available off the bench against the Marlins...
Braves sign second-round pick Drew Waters

Braves sign second-round pick Drew Waters

The Braves on Saturday signed outfielder pick Drew Waters, their second-round draft pick, to a contract that includes a $1.5 million bonus. Waters, 18, was the No. 41 overall selection out of Etowah High School in Woodstock. During his senior season he hit .510 (53-for-104) with 15 home runs, 13 doubles and four triples. He had committed to play at the University of Georgia before signing with the...
Happy Father’s Day: Braves catcher Flowers has it handled at home

Happy Father’s Day: Braves catcher Flowers has it handled at home

On a Sunday set aside to celebrate fatherhood, Braves catcher Tyler Flowers just might turn the whole theme of the day on its ear and tell you that it’s the fathers who should be grateful. Grateful, in his case, for the healthy delivery of his fourth child, daughter Madi, on Thursday. For Flowers was bowled over the fourth time just like he was the first. The collision with creation is nothing...
Braves’ Sean Newcomb faces adversity in second major league start

Braves’ Sean Newcomb faces adversity in second major league start

Braves rookie Sean Newcomb didn’t out-pitch Marlins starter Dan Straily, but he registered another quality start in his second major league outing Friday night. Newcomb pitched six innings, allowing three runs in a 5-0 loss at SunTrust Park. Despite losing his first two starts, Newcomb owns a 2.19 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. The Braves scored one run in those games — none with him on the hill...
Newcomb gets no run support again, Braves fall 5-0 to Marlins

Newcomb gets no run support again, Braves fall 5-0 to Marlins

If Sean Newcomb stays in the Braves’ starting rotation long enough, eventually he’ll get a run or two of offensive support. But that’s something the rookie has yet to experience in two major league starts including a 5-0 Braves loss Friday night in a series opener at SunTrust Park. Newcomb was good Friday, after pitching exceptionally well in his Sunday major league debut against...
Photos: Braves’ new sensation is ‘The Freeze’

Photos: Braves’ new sensation is ‘The Freeze’

The Atlanta Braves’ newest between-inning promotion “Beat the Freeze” stars Nigel Talton as “The Freeze.” Dressed in his costume, “The Freeze” allows a fan a five-second head start to race from one end of SunTrust Park’s outfield warning track to the other.
Braves’ top pick Wright headed to GCL, but could rise quickly

Braves’ top pick Wright headed to GCL, but could rise quickly

The Braves didn’t go into the draft planning to give their first-round pick about 70 percent of the team’s total draft signing-bonus allotment for the first 10 rounds. But they didn’t go in expecting that Vanderbilt pitcher Kyle Wright would still be available when they picked. Wright was there, and the Braves snatched him with the fifth pick of Monday’s draft, then gave the...
The Braves really, really wanted Kyle Wright. They got him

The Braves really, really wanted Kyle Wright. They got him

Dansby Swanson with his once and future teammate. (Hyosub Shin/AJC) Braves fans celebrated the 1-0 victory over Justin Verlander and Detroit in the final game of the 2016 season, which also was the final game staged at Turner Field.
Matt Kemp out of Braves lineup Friday with hamstring strain

Matt Kemp out of Braves lineup Friday with hamstring strain

Matt Kemp was not in the Braves’ lineup for Friday’s series opener against the Marlins. The veteran left Wednesday’s game against the Nationals with left hamstring tightness. “He’s day-to-day,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “According to (Jeff Porter, the Braves’ head athletic trainer), strength is good. Tweaked it, tightness, so we’ll just...
Colon set to rejoin Braves’ expanded rotation next week

Colon set to rejoin Braves’ expanded rotation next week

The Braves plan to bring back struggling veteran Bartolo Colon from the 10-day disabled list without a minor league rehab assignment and put him in an expanded starting rotation by Wednesday. If things go as planned, they’ll use a six-man rotation at least temporarily, with Colon returning to a group that includes Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and left-handers Jaime...
Braves prospect Mike Soroka baffling batters at Double-A Mississippi

Braves prospect Mike Soroka baffling batters at Double-A Mississippi

Braves prospect Mike Soroka threw seven more shutout innings Thursday night for Double-A Mississippi to run his scoreless streak to 25 innings, writes Michael Leboff for MiLB.com.  Soroka, the Braves’ No. 4 prospect and No. 2 pitcher in the organization, lowered his season ERA to 2.23 and WHIP to 0.94, both placing him in the Southern League’s top five. And those are far from...
Braves first-round pick Kyle Wright may be on fast track to bigs

Braves first-round pick Kyle Wright may be on fast track to bigs

Pitcher Kyle Wright, the Braves’ first-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt, may be one of a handful of draftees on the fast track to the Major Leagues, writes MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. Braves fans have had to be patient as most of their bevy of high-octane arms across the organization works their way through the ranks, but Wright may be the most Major League-ready of anyone general manager...
Braves’ Flowers welcomes fourth child, then reports to work

Braves’ Flowers welcomes fourth child, then reports to work

As perfectly timed as a successful pick-off throw, Tyler and Nancy Flowers ushered into the world their fourth child Thursday evening, during the Braves’ off day. After spending the night in an uncomfortable Cobb County hospital bed, the Braves catcher was in his car the next afternoon heading for SunTrust Park. Ready to join the lineup. “I texted in to make sure (manager Brian Snitker)...
Braves agree to record signing bonus for draft pick Kyle Wright

Braves agree to record signing bonus for draft pick Kyle Wright

Kyle Wright was projected as the No. 1 overall pick by some experts a few days before the draft, and the Braves paid the Vanderbilt pitcher as if he were the top selection. Wright, who fell to the Braves with the fifth pick in Monday’s major league draft, got a signing bonus of $7 million, breaking Kris Bryant’s record for the current signing-bonus system. The signing was announced Friday...
Coppolella in conversation, Pt. 2: Colon, Swanson and Snitker

Coppolella in conversation, Pt. 2: Colon, Swanson and Snitker

On the dais: Snitker, Hart and Coppolella. (Curtis Compton/AJC) Here’s the second half of our conversation with Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella, conducted in the upstairs lobby of the Cobb Galleria Centre — the Braves had hunkered down for the draft in Room 105 — early this week.
Albies helps Wisler earn a win for the Gwinnett Braves

Albies helps Wisler earn a win for the Gwinnett Braves

Ozzie Albies had two hits and two RBIs as the Gwinnett Braves beat the host Toledo Mud Hens 8-3 Thursday night. Gwinnett (35-30) banged out 13 hits in its fifth straight victory. Gwinnett starter Matt Wisler got the win, pitching six innings. He allowed three runs and three hits. Wisler walked two and struck out four. He has a 4.94 ERA. Kyle Kubitza had two home runs and four RBIs for Gwinnett...
Former Braves pitcher Jurrjens gets 80-game PED suspension

Former Braves pitcher Jurrjens gets 80-game PED suspension

Jair Jurrjens, a former Braves pitcher trying to make it back to the major leagues with the Dodgers, has been slapped with an 80-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. In announcing the suspension, the office of the commissioner said Jurrjens, 31, tested positive for exogenous testosterone, a PED in violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. A one-time All-Star...
Braves prospect Brett Cumberland getting hot at Class A Rome

Braves prospect Brett Cumberland getting hot at Class A Rome

Braves prospect Brett Cumberland has been one of the hottest hitters in the South Atlantic League at Class A Rome for the past month and a half, writes Wayne Cavadi for SB Nation. The 21-year-old catcher leads the South Atlantic League in on-base percentage (.438) and OPS (.966). He’s sixth in slugging percentage (.528), third in RBI (43) and tied for 10th in home runs (9).  He had a bit...
Braves, SunTrust Park among 5 best MLB stadium upgrades

Braves, SunTrust Park among 5 best MLB stadium upgrades

SunTrust Park and the Braves have one of the five best stadium upgrades in Major League Baseball this season, according to a list compiled by MLB.com’s Michael Clair. While Clair cited several individual upgrades at other stadiums across the MLB -- from unique concession items to technology and new amenities -- the Braves were the only team to move to an entirely new stadium this season...
NBC recounts Ted Turner’s 1977 America’s Cup victory

NBC recounts Ted Turner’s 1977 America’s Cup victory

Ted Turner’s long-term legacy certainly will be Atlanta-based CNN, the first 24-hour cable news network he launched with customary fanfare in 1980. But in a new hour-long documentary, NBC Sports has gone back three years earlier and recounted Turner’s prodigious efforts to win the prestigious America’s Cup yacht race in 1977. “Courageous,” named after his yacht, is set...
A conversation with Coppolella: The draft and Sean Newcomb

A conversation with Coppolella: The draft and Sean Newcomb

John Coppolella and John Hart in spring training. (Curtis Compton/AJC) In the midst of the MLB draft, Braves general manager John Coppolella slipped away from his team’s war room at the Cobb Galleria Centre for an extended conversation regarding No.
What nickname should be on Freddie Freeman’s jersey for ‘Players weekend’?

What nickname should be on Freddie Freeman’s jersey for ‘Players weekend’?

Major league baseball will relax uniform rules for a “Players weekend” in August, according to a memo published by Yahoo! Sports. When the Braves play the Rockies at SunTrust Park Aug. 25-27, players will be allowed to personalize the name on the back of their jerseys, wear colored spikes, gloves and wristbands (so long as they are not white), and wear a personalized uniform...
Kris Medlen pitches six innings for the Gwinnett Braves

Kris Medlen pitches six innings for the Gwinnett Braves

Kris Medlen pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs (two earned) but did not get a decision as the Gwinnett Braves beat the host Toledo Mud Hens 5-4 Wednesday night. The 31-year-old Medlen had a walk and two strikeouts in his second start for the Triple-A team. He is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA.  Jace Peterson drove in the winning run for the Braves (34-30) in the ninth inning with a...
Braves’ Kemp leaves game with hamstring tightness

Braves’ Kemp leaves game with hamstring tightness

WASHINGTON – Braves slugger Matt Kemp left Wednesday’s game against the Nationals with left hamstring tightness. He grabbed his leg after being tagged out when Kemp attempted to advance from first to third base on an errant pickoff throw to first by Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton in the third inning of the series finale at Nationals Park. The Braves routed the Nationals, 13-2, to clinch...
Braves roll to 13-2 win, clinch series to end Nationals Park drought

Braves roll to 13-2 win, clinch series to end Nationals Park drought

WASHINGTON – The Braves had waited a long time to celebrate a series win at Nationals Park, so long that most of their current roster wasn’t even on the team the last time it happened. But Julio Teheran was around then, and he got some long-overdue team and personal satisfaction Wednesday in the Braves’ 13-2 rout against the Nationals, snapping his own eight-start winless streak...
Braves load up on catchers, add more pitchers as MLB Draft wraps up

Braves load up on catchers, add more pitchers as MLB Draft wraps up

The Braves didn’t change their strategy on the third and final day of the MLB draft so much as they recharged their battery through augmentation. After drafting seven pitchers among their first 10 picks over the first two days, Atlanta added 15 more Wednesday, but given the team’s predilection toward storing arms over the past couple years, that didn’t warrant the attention. Drafting...
Braves director of scouting Brian Bridges talks draft strategy

Braves director of scouting Brian Bridges talks draft strategy

Braves director of scouting Brian Bridges talked to Fox Sports on Tuesday about some of the strategic direction the organization has taken toward this week’s Major League Baseball Draft. “The most important thing is, when John Coppolella and John Hart walk into the winter meetings, pitching has cache,” Bridges said. “Whether anybody believes it or not, you can turn that into...
Braves could use six-man rotation when Colon comes off DL

Braves could use six-man rotation when Colon comes off DL

WASHINGTON – Braves managers have mentioned six-man starting rotation possibilities a few times in recent seasons only to ultimately abandon the idea. But this time, it might actually come to fruition, at least as a temporary solution once Bartolo Colon returns from the disabled list. After the outstanding major league debut by prospect Sean Newcomb in a Saturday start against the Mets, the...
Braves pitching prospect Patrick Weigel getting hot for Gwinnett

Braves pitching prospect Patrick Weigel getting hot for Gwinnett

Braves pitching prospect Patrick Weigel has gotten hot since being called up from Class AA Mississippi to Class AAA Gwinnett last month, posting impressive numbers over his most recent starts. Weigel struggled in his first two starts for Gwinnett, giving up 11 earned runs and 14 hits over 8 innings. But, since then, he’s surrendered just 4 earned runs and 21 hits, going 6 or more innings three...
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