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Gohara at least a week behind, but Braves won’t need 5th starter early

Luiz Gohara’s strained groin already has put the hefty left-hander at least a week behind other Braves pitchers, and it’s uncertain when the rookie will make his spring-training debut. Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday that the Braves plan to start Julio Teheran on Monday against the Nationals, Mike Foltynewicz on Tuesday against the Pirates and Brandon McCarthy on Wednesday against...



Acuna to make eagerly awaited spring debut Saturday

Acuna to make eagerly awaited spring debut Saturday

Ronald Acuna played in 13 Grapefruit League games last year, but his 2018 spring debut and every other game he plays will be much more highly anticipated and dissected by Braves fans and media than a year ago. That’s because now he’s pretty much viewed as the savior, or at least the Next Great Brave. Acuna, who turned only 20 on Dec. 18, is set to make his spring debut Saturday with a...
Everything you need to know about Friday’s Braves game

Everything you need to know about Friday’s Braves game

Baseball is back. The Braves play their game Friday, albeit a spring training game. Here’s everything you need to know:  Opponent: New York Mets Game time: 1:10 p.m. Site: Port St. Lucie, Fla. TV: None Radio: 1340 AM and 103.7 FM  Pitching for the Braves: Matt Wisler, Chase Whitley, Sam Freeman, Rex Brothers and others. Braves prospects: Catcher Alex Jackson will be the designated...
How much stock should you put into Braves’ spring games? Listen

How much stock should you put into Braves’ spring games? Listen

After three consecutive seasons with at least 90 losses, the Braves are aiming for more in the fourth year of their rebuilding project and there is legitimate reason for optimism.  Tune in to the second episode of the “Truth, Lies and Sacrifice Flies” Braves podcast to hear why you should never put too much stock in what happens during spring training games, but also why it should...
Braves need power and now have some in the pipeline

Braves need power and now have some in the pipeline

The Braves’ stockpile of top pitching prospects received plenty of attention in the first three years of the ongoing rebuilding project, but the team also has assembled a growing inventory of position-player prospects, including a trio of hitters with big-time power potential. Outfield phenom Ronald Acuna, third-base prospect Austin Riley and catching prospect Alex Jackson give the Braves a...
Flowers Q&A on Braves’ top young starters and more

Flowers Q&A on Braves’ top young starters and more

Three of the vaunted Braves’ young pitchers who made their major league debuts last season, left-handers Luiz Gohara, Sean Newcomb and Max Fried, are competing at spring training for the final two spots in the starting rotation. Newcomb’s 19 starts in the majors are more than twice as many as Gohara (five) and Fried (four) had combined, but Newcomb also had the most problem with command...
Who was the Braves’ highest-paid player 40 years ago?

Who was the Braves’ highest-paid player 40 years ago?

The 1978 Atlanta Braves roster featured names like Niekro, Murphy, Pocoroba and Rockett. The ’78 Braves -- owned by Ted Turner at the time -- went 69-93 and finished dead last in the N.L. West standings. The team’s highest paid player was knuckleballer Phil Niekro who earned $302,500. Niekro finished the season 19-18 with a 2.88 ERA and third in the league with 248 strikeouts. The season&rsquo...
Braves’ Anthopoulos favors baseball shortening ‘dead time’ in games

Braves’ Anthopoulos favors baseball shortening ‘dead time’ in games

The gold medal for women’s Olympic hockey was just decided by a shootout (the U.S. defeated Canada 3-2 while you were sleeping or ignoring). This isn’t disimilar to baseball ending a game with a home-run contest, basketball with a round of “HORSE” or college football with, yes, each offense starting with the ball on the 25-yard line. Not a fan. I’m not big on anything...
Traditional scouting vs. analytics: What will work for Braves?

Traditional scouting vs. analytics: What will work for Braves?

Traditional scouting vs. analytics, what’s the best way to evaluate young prospects? AJC sports columnist Jeff Schultz and WSB-TV sports director Zach Klein talk about the process and the differences between general managers John Coppolella and Alex Anthopoulos as the Braves start spring training on their “We Never Played the Game” podcast.  Also on the agenda, the future of...
Braves’ Ruiz gets look at 1B, could increase value

Braves’ Ruiz gets look at 1B, could increase value

Rio Ruiz wants to be a starting third baseman, but first and foremost at this point in his career, he wants to be on a major league roster. So when the Braves brought up playing first base as a way of gaining some defensive versatility, they didn’t have to mention it twice. “We’re all athletes here, and I think everyone can adjust if we have a couple of days or a couple of weeks...
Former Braves star Orlando Cepeda in critical condition

Former Braves star Orlando Cepeda in critical condition

Former Braves first baseman Orlando Cepeda is in critical condition in a San Francisco hospital after a cardiac incident. The San Francisco Giants say the 80-year-old Hall of Famer was taken to a Bay Area hospital late Monday. Cepeda played 17 seasons in the majors, beginning with the Giants. He also played for St. Louis, Oakland, Boston and Kansas City. The Braves acquired Cepeda is a trade with...
Braves announce starters for first spring games

Braves announce starters for first spring games

The Braves will start Matt Wisler, Sean Newcomb and newcomer Scott Kazmir in the first three Grapefruit League games Friday through Sunday, though manager Brian Snitker indicated that not too much should be made of those assignments. He plans to use the starters in only one inning apiece in those games and said eight or nine pitchers likely would pitch in at least the first couple of games. ...
What’s a reasonable projection for Ronald Acuna’s rookie year? 

What’s a reasonable projection for Ronald Acuna’s rookie year? 

Ronald Acuna is Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect. You knew that already. He’ll be playing for the big-league Braves soon – maybe on opening day, surely by Memorial Day. I’ve seen him do more than take batting practice. He’s really good.  He’s also 20. He began last season in Single-A. This time a year ago, he was Baseball America’s No. 67 prospect...
Mauricio Cabrera outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett

Mauricio Cabrera outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Mauricio Cabrera cleared waivers and was outrighted Wednesday to Triple-A Gwinnett, two days after the Braves designated the hard-throwing reliever for assignment. It would have been unimaginable for the right-hander flamethrower to have cleared waivers a year ago at this time, after Cabrera routinely reached 100 mph and higher with his fastball in 41 appearances for...
Power-hitting prospects Riley, Jackson on travel roster for Braves opener

Power-hitting prospects Riley, Jackson on travel roster for Braves opener

The Braves aren’t taking any veteran position players to Friday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Mets, but fans in Port St. Lucie will have a chance to see some of the team’s top prospects, including two potential power hitters for the not-too-distant future. Third baseman Austin Riley and catcher Alex Jackson, two of three prospects that the Braves believe could supply big...
Braves, other MLB teams will wear caps supporting Parkland students

Braves, other MLB teams will wear caps supporting Parkland students

The Atlanta Braves and all other 29 Major League Baseball teams will wear caps during spring training games this weekend to support the community of Parkland, Fla., and the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the deadly Feb. 14 shooting at the high school, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced Tuesday. A 19-year-old former student is accused of opening fire at the south...
LEADOFF: Remember Atlanta’s 2013 Final Four? There’s little left standing.

LEADOFF: Remember Atlanta’s 2013 Final Four? There’s little left standing.

There’s little left standing from Atlanta’s 2013 Final Four. The building that hosted it is gone, and so is the championship that was won there that spring.  The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee on Tuesday denied Louisville’s appeal of an earlier ruling stripping the Cardinals of the men’s basketball championship they won by beating Michigan 82-76 before 74,326...
Questions have been answered, Braves’ Albies ready for full season

Questions have been answered, Braves’ Albies ready for full season

Ozzie Albies made solid contact on a couple of pitches during his final found of batting practice Tuesday, then walked out of the batting cage, sauntered over to a reporter and said, “I’m ready.” Two days into full-squad workouts, the 21-year-old second baseman with the bulging biceps was brimming with confidence. So much has changed in one year for Albies, the diminutive but dynamic...
Moylan pushing 40, still a bullpen workhorse and clubhouse comedian

Moylan pushing 40, still a bullpen workhorse and clubhouse comedian

When you pitched in as many games as anyone in the major leagues the previous season, it’s easier to laugh about your relatively advanced age. And if you’re Peter Moylan, self-deprecating humor has long been part of your wide-ranging popularity anyway. So here was Moylan, a 39-year-old Aussie reliever and one of the more beloved Braves of the past couple of decades despite lack of star-caliber...
Braves catchers define the ideal of teamwork

Braves catchers define the ideal of teamwork

When either head of the Braves’ two-headed, Tyler Flowers/Kurt Suzuki catching arrangement talks about one of the better ideas of the 2017 season, some refreshingly unselfish thoughts spill out.  You want the cure for the common self-absorbed athlete? Take these two quotes and call me in the morning.  “It was almost like I was doing it (on the field) when he was doing it. And...
Aussie Moylan remembers when Ronald Acuna created a stir in Australia

Aussie Moylan remembers when Ronald Acuna created a stir in Australia

Peter Moylan is back for a third stint with the Braves at age 39, and the gregarious Aussie reliever’s locker stall is directly across the mostly prospects-filled half of the Braves’ clubhouse from a kid barely half his age whom Moylan was teammates with in the Australian Baseball League two winters ago.  You may have heard of the youngster: Ronald Acuna. “Ronnie and I have...
‘Big-hit’ Charlie Culberson has come home, looks to impact Braves

‘Big-hit’ Charlie Culberson has come home, looks to impact Braves

If you’re not familiar with new Braves utility player Charlie Culberson, you certainly are not a Dodgers fan.  They know him well in Los Angeles, and some there hated seeing him included in the five-player December trade designed for the Braves to dump Matt Kemp’s contract and for the Dodgers to move four players including three with expiring contracts and big salaries. Culberson...
Braves set spring agenda: Get ready to compete

Braves set spring agenda: Get ready to compete

Gather ‘round, as did the Braves full squad Monday morning in an outfield tribal meeting before the first total workout of spring. Before the drilling – and the Braves would open with what seemed to be an especially long session on Day One – there would be the messaging. Each baseball season has to begin with a message, a variation on a rah-rah theme. Braves manager Brian Snitker...
Snitker puts Braves on accelerated spring plan

Snitker puts Braves on accelerated spring plan

  The Braves will play spring training games after just four days of full-squad workouts. Drastic times call for somewhat drastic measures, or as much so as manager Brian Snitker is willing to get. He extended the first full-squad workout well past 1 p.m. Monday – about an hour longer than usual – and also had hitters face pitchers in live batting practice, something that legendary...
Q&A: Chipper on rebuild, Anthopoulos, Acuna, 3B battle and more

Q&A: Chipper on rebuild, Anthopoulos, Acuna, 3B battle and more

Iconic former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who last month was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot, is at spring training through the end of February in his role as a team special assistant. After the first full-squad workout Monday, he talked with reporters about the status of the team entering the fourth season of its rebuild and discussed top prospect Ronald Acuna and...
Braves making some quick changes at SunTrust Park

Braves making some quick changes at SunTrust Park

Some changes are in the works at SunTrust Park for the Braves’ second season there.  Six rows of seats will be removed from two prime lower-level sections and will be replaced with four-person tables, and the stadium’s largest hospitality club will be expanded by 2,000 square feet, according to Jim Allen, the Braves’ senior vice president of corporate and premium partnerships...
Here’s one guy who likes the ‘over’ on the Braves. (Two guys, actually)

Here’s one guy who likes the ‘over’ on the Braves. (Two guys, actually)

Apologies for quoting Joe Sheehan as often as the Brits quote Churchill, but Sheehan’s newsletter – it’s available via email subscription – should be at the top of any baseball reading list. In his latest post, he preaches to the choir. (Albeit a choir of one.) Scanning the early Vegas over/under on MLB win totals, this is Sheehan’s first best bet:  “Braves...
Moylan is back with the Braves

Moylan is back with the Braves

Peter Moylan has re-signed with the Braves, the popular Aussie sidearmer returning for a third stint with the team where his major league career began. The right-hander signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with a $575,000 salary that escalates to $1.25 million if he makes the opening-day roster. Moylan, 39, came back from a second Tommy John elbow surgery and staged a career revival the past...
Moylan continues contract talks with Braves

Moylan continues contract talks with Braves

Peter Moylan and the Braves continued talks over the weekend about a possible return of the the popular Aussie reliever for what would be a third stint with the team where his major league career began. Moylan, 39, came back from a second Tommy John elbow surgery and had a career revival the past two seasons with the Royals, posting a 3.46 ERA in 129 appearances over that span and tying for the majors...
Alabaman Whitley excited to start or relieve for hometown Braves

Alabaman Whitley excited to start or relieve for hometown Braves

Chase Whitley is competing for a spot this spring with the Braves, which is heady stuff for an Alabama native who grew up pulling for the team. The 28-year-old pitcher was born and raised in tiny Ranburne, Ala., and became a Braves fan like many others in the year they won the World Series. He and his family, and later his buddies, would take the hour or so drive down I-20 to see the Braves when they...
Kazmir out to prove wrong those who’ve written off the former ace 

Kazmir out to prove wrong those who’ve written off the former ace 

Scott Kazmir knows that almost nobody except himself and perhaps his family is counting on him to pitch effectively for the Braves in 2018. And he probably knows that many doubt the injury-plagued former ace left-hander will pitch at all. But even if few others seem to think he’ll make it back and be a factor this season, Kazmir believes, or at least makes a convincing case of as much. The 34-year-old...
Ruiz could be among candidates for backup 1B, Snitker said

Ruiz could be among candidates for backup 1B, Snitker said

The Braves haven’t settled on a replacement for backup first-base duties since Matt Adams left as a non-tendered free agent, but several options will be considered, including third-base hopeful Rio Ruiz. This according to manager Brian Snitker, who said Ruiz would get some playing time at first base during spring training, after getting some work at the position at Triple-A Gwinnett last season...
Division of catching duties worked in 2017, so Braves will try it again

Division of catching duties worked in 2017, so Braves will try it again

They were the second-most productive catching tandem in the major leagues when it came to hitting in 2017, and the Braves’ Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki also were praised for their work with the pitching staff and particularly Flowers’ pitch-framing ability. So it should come as no surprise that manager Brian Snitker plans to use them in a similar manner as last season, when Flowers made...
Kazmir out to prove wrong the doubters

Kazmir out to prove wrong the doubters

Scott Kazmir knows that almost nobody except himself and perhaps his family is counting on him to pitch effectively for the Braves in 2018. And he probably knows that many doubt the injury-plagued former ace left-hander will pitch at all. But even if few others seem to think he’ll make it back and be a factor this season, Kazmir believes, or at least makes a convincing case of as much. ...
Max Fried has eyes on spot in Braves rotation

Max Fried has eyes on spot in Braves rotation

Max Fried went to the Arizona Fall League single-minded in his determination to boost his candidacy for a spot in this year’s Braves starting rotation. And the left-hander reported to spring training this week with that same sense of purpose.  “My goal was to put myself in the best position to try to make the team out of camp,” the rookie left-hander said. “I felt like...
So, who’ll hit fourth behind Freeman?

So, who’ll hit fourth behind Freeman?

Braves manager Brian Snitker isn’t sure who’ll bat fourth behind slugger Freddie Freeman this season, but ‘Snit’ sounds certain about not dropping Freeman one spot to hit in that position. All of the lineups Snitker has conjured so far have Freeman remaining in the third spot, the manager said Friday. “Freddie’s still hitting third right now, yeah,” Snitker...
Blair nearly 40 pounds lighter, seeks to revitalize career

Blair nearly 40 pounds lighter, seeks to revitalize career

In the first days of Braves spring training, more than one clubhouse visitor wondered aloud who the guy was sitting at Aaron Blair’s locker. It was Blair, or about 85 percent of the guy who used to be him.  Blair has lost nearly 40 pounds since last spring, most of the weight shed during a conditioning program this winter when he worked out daily at SunTrust Park while recovering from a...
Braves’ Swanson: ‘Last year is last year, it’s in the past’

Braves’ Swanson: ‘Last year is last year, it’s in the past’

It didn’t seem like much at the time, but perhaps a strained side muscle that forced Dansby Swanson to miss two weeks of 2017 spring training had residual effects during a season that went awry early for the Braves shortstop. Swanson never used it as an excuse or even mentioned that injury again until he was asked by a reporter Friday whether the early spring incident might’ve contributed...
Freeman can see clearly now, and the (wrist) pain is gone

Freeman can see clearly now, and the (wrist) pain is gone

Cue the Johnny Nash tune: Freddie Freeman can see clearly now and the pain is gone. The Braves slugger reported to spring training Friday and had all positive news regarding after undergoing Lasik surgery on both eyes in October and spending the winter strengthening the left wrist he broke in May, an injury that landed Freeman on the disabled list for seven weeks and spoiled a career-best, MVP-type...
Minter’s a strikeout machine poised for big role in bullpen

Minter’s a strikeout machine poised for big role in bullpen

His highly anticipated big-league arrival last season was delayed by nagging injuries, but once Braves reliever A.J. Minter made it to the majors, he showed why a man described him in the minors as a future major league closer and why some people go so far as to call him a left-handed version of Craig Kimbrel. While the Kimbrel comparison might be getting a bit carried away at this point of Minter&rsquo...
Acuna draws comparison to Clemente, but also a cautionary tale

Acuna draws comparison to Clemente, but also a cautionary tale

Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer remembers the first time he saw Ronald Acuna play, and tells a story that illustrates the extraordinary talent that makes even longtime former big leaguers gush over the Braves’ ascendant outfield prospect. “My first year here, we came down for end-of-the-season meetings, and watched three days of instructional ball,” Seitzer said, recalling Braves...
Braves’ Acuna arrives early, ready to prove it’s his time

Braves’ Acuna arrives early, ready to prove it’s his time

No player in Florida will be watched and scrutinized more over the next six weeks at spring training than Ronald Acuna, and the Braves outfield phenom said he’s not fazed by all the attention. “It really doesn’t bother me at all,” Acuna said through an interpreter during a Thursday interview at ESPN Wide World of Sports, where he reported to camp well in advance of Sunday&rsquo...
A vocal leader in Braves clubhouse? Dale Murphy says why it matters 

A vocal leader in Braves clubhouse? Dale Murphy says why it matters 

Dale Murphy, a deserving Hall of Fame candidate, feels there’s a spot for him in the Cooperstown. In the first episode of the “Truth, Lies & Sacrifice Flies” Braves podcast, the longtime Atlanta star discusses the need for a vocal leader in the clubhouse. He talks about team chemistry and recounts a story that shaped him as a young Brave. Listen (then rate, review and subscribe)...
Anthopoulos Q&A as Braves spring training begins

Anthopoulos Q&A as Braves spring training begins

After the Braves’ first workout Wednesday for pitchers and catchers, first-year Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos met with reporters to discuss the opening of camp and what he and his staff will be looking for and considering in roster decisions. Here’s part of that interview. “We meet with each player one-on-one, try to get it done before the games start (next week). I&rsquo...
Valentine’s Day special: The 20 most beloved Braves ever

Valentine’s Day special: The 20 most beloved Braves ever

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to recognize the one we love. That can include baseball players. They are people too. Braves fans have always had favorites, players they loved, since the team re-located here in 1966.  We’ve compiled a list of what may be the 20 most beloved Atlanta Braves ever.  Click on the video above to see if you agree. Bear in mind they are in no particular...
Veteran McCarthy aims to re-establish himself in Braves rotation

Veteran McCarthy aims to re-establish himself in Braves rotation

Brandon McCarthy is a pitcher with 12 years of big-league experience, proven leadership capabilities and a dry sense of humor well-suited for clubhouse banter or for the more irreverent types among his quarter-million Twitter followers.  None of which will matter to the Braves nor their fans if McCarthy doesn’t stay healthy and make as many starts as general manager Alex Anthopoulos thinks...
Gohara confident entering battle for Braves rotation

Gohara confident entering battle for Braves rotation

Luiz Gohara was surprised to find a large, rectangular brown package waiting when he arrived at the Braves’ clubhouse at Champion Stadium on Wednesday, a gift for the rookie left-hander from his famous agent, Scott Boras. He tore it open and smiled as he pulled out its contents: A large, color photo on canvas of Gohara pitching during his first major league win Sept. 13 against the Nationals...
Outfielder who once hit .295 for Braves has died

Outfielder who once hit .295 for Braves has died

Former Braves outfielder John "Tito" Francona has died.  The Cleveland Indians said Francona died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pa., Tuesday night. He was 84. Francona played three seasons for the Braves, from 1967 to 1969. In 1968, he had 47 RBIs. He hit .295 in 1969 when the Braves won the Western Division. He had 10 homers and 94 RBIs in 255 games in a Braves uniform...
Braves sign Chris Stewart for depth, insurance at catching position

Braves sign Chris Stewart for depth, insurance at catching position

The Braves signed veteran catcher Chris Stewart to a one-year major league contract Wednesday, a non-guaranteed deal that provides more depth at a key position on a team that’s counting heavily on the development of its young pitchers. Stewart, who’ll turn 36 next week, is a quality defensive catcher and pitch-framer who has a .230 career batting average with nine homers in 449 games over...
Braves’ top prospect Acuna arrives in camp early

Braves’ top prospect Acuna arrives in camp early

Braves’ top prospect Ronald Acuna reported to spring training Wednesday, four days before position players were due to report. Acuna, 20, is the consensus top prospect in baseball and will compete for the starting left-field job at spring training. If he’s not on the Opening Day roster, it’s anticipated that he would join the major league team as soon as late April and no later than...
Early arriving Inciarte could be speedier than ever

Early arriving Inciarte could be speedier than ever

Ender Inciarte reported to spring training five days early, the Braves’ Gold Glove center fielder figuring he was already working out nearby so why not come to camp Tuesday on reporting day for pitchers and catchers. He didn’t try to downplay his excitement about 2018 despite the rebuilding Braves riding a streak of three consecutive seasons with at least 90 losses. “I think everybody...
Flowers has surgery scars after HBPs, but catcher is repaired, ready

Flowers has surgery scars after HBPs, but catcher is repaired, ready

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When you get hit by pitches as often as Tyler Flowers did last season, there is going to be pain. And sometimes surgery. Flowers’ lower left arm has a pair of freshly healed surgical scars for two of his most painful hit-by-pitches, but the veteran Braves catcher is nonetheless feeling good as spring training gets underway.  The burly catcher had 12 home runs...
Braves’ Teheran has new ’do, renewed confidence after offseason work

Braves’ Teheran has new ’do, renewed confidence after offseason work

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Julio Teheran’s European vacation this winter influenced his ever-changing, bold hairstyle, but it was advice from an uncle that might’ve helped the Braves pitcher get his groove back on the mound. That’s what Teheran hopes for after spending a lot of hours this winter with uncle Miguel Teheran, a former Braves scout who’s been the right-hander&rsquo...
‘Folty’ has added motivation after arbitration case

‘Folty’ has added motivation after arbitration case

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Losing his arbitration case against the Braves last week wasn’t what bothered pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, it was looking over during the hearing and seeing no one he recognized from the team in attendance. The team actually had two of its front-office representatives in addition to an outsider attorney at the hearing, but Foltynewicz apparently didn’t recognize...
Braves bullpen banking on internal growth

Braves bullpen banking on internal growth

The Braves are returning familiar faces in the bullpen, hoping continuity leads to more success. Out are most of the placeholders of recent years, such as closer Jim Johnson, who was traded to the Angels. The bullpen will be filled with players trying to establish their roles on the next contending Braves team. Braves relievers combined for the fifth-highest ERA in baseball a year ago (4.58). Collectively...
Rising Braves pitching prospects could bolster rotation

Rising Braves pitching prospects could bolster rotation

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – So much talk of premier pitching prospects on the farm can numb the mind of Braves fans who’d like to see some of them starting nightly rather than the parade of cast-offs, fringe prospects and fading veterans who toiled for so many games for Atlanta the past couple of seasons. This is the year when it should happen, ye recently suffering fans.  The Braves...
Braves will attend former All-Star Tim Lincecum’s showcase

Braves will attend former All-Star Tim Lincecum’s showcase

The Braves will be among the teams attending former All-Star pitcher Tim Lincecum’s showcase this week.  Lincecum will throw for teams at Driveline Research Lab in Seattle on Thursday. His longtime employer, the Giants, will also reportedly be in attendance. The 33-year-old has reportedly topped 90 mph in his recent workouts. It remains to be seen whether he’s targeting a return as...
Going to spring training? Some things to do around Central Florida

Going to spring training? Some things to do around Central Florida

The Braves are headed to Florida to prepare for the 2018 season, and there will likely be plenty of fans following. Many are likely familiar with the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the Braves’ spring training home since 1998. But there are several other means of enjoyment while you’re in the Orlando-Kissimmee area, aside from the theme parks. Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown...
Options plentiful for Braves’ third base, bench competitions

Options plentiful for Braves’ third base, bench competitions

The Braves enter spring training with a similar third-base situation to a season ago. That comes despite a winter of rumors and speculation that the team would add external help at the position. Johan Camargo and Rio Ruiz, barring a late addition, will compete for the starting third-base job as the team reports this month. The team also has 20-year-old prospect Austin Riley, who it holds in high regard...
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