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Newcomb, Braves roughed up by Rockies 

Newcomb, Braves roughed up by Rockies 

Sean Newcomb almost escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam. Then came Ian Desmond, hitting .321 in July, to clear the bags. Newcomb had the chance to work his way out of danger again in the sixth but to no avail. The Braves couldn’t overcome it, losing 11-5 Friday night. The Rockies made Newcomb look more like his 2017 rookie version rather than the emerging ace he’s been at times this year...
Calling it now: The Braves will win the NL East

Calling it now: The Braves will win the NL East

This is baseball, which can be weird, and we’re Atlanta, where no sure thing is ever sure. (I’m thinking of 28-3; you are, too.) There’s your disclaimer. Now hear this:  I will be surprised – nay, shocked – if these Braves don’t win their division.  They’re way past being a cute story. They’ve been a good team since … heck, since opening...
What to know about the Braves on Friday

What to know about the Braves on Friday

Here’s a rundown on what to know about the Braves entering the weekend, as their series with the contending Rockies continues: 1. The rotation has produced a 2.60 ERA (19 earned runs over 65-2/3 innings) in the past 12 games. Overall, the unit owns a 3.60 ERA, good for sixth best in baseball. Mike Foltynewicz’s 2.86 mark ranks fifth best in the league, while Sean Newcomb’s 3.40 ranks...
Adam Duvall settling in with Braves, slump notwithstanding

Adam Duvall settling in with Braves, slump notwithstanding

Adam Duvall is feeling re-energized with his new team, even if the numbers aren’t showing it. The Braves acquired the right-handed slugger before the July 31 trade deadline in exchange for three players of minimal impact: outfielder Preston Tucker and righties Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler. “We’ve been playing well, so it’s fun,” Duvall said. “It’s definitely...
Braves’ win streak snapped on three unearned runs in ninth

Braves’ win streak snapped on three unearned runs in ninth

Julio Teheran just needed a little help. Despite his performance on the mound and at the plate, he didn’t get it. The Braves allowed three unearned runs in the ninth inning in a 5-3 loss to the Rockies Thursday night at SunTrust Park. Teheran trailed by a run in the fifth inning despite surrendering just two hits. Teheran’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning gave the Braves the go-ahead...
Urena docked six games for hitting Acuna. That’s not enough

Urena docked six games for hitting Acuna. That’s not enough

MLB has suspended Jose Urena six games for banging his first – and last, as it turned out – pitch of Wednesday’s game off Ronald Acuna’s elbow. That’s not nothing. But not being nothing isn’t nearly the same as being enough.  Urena is a starting pitcher. He works every five days. His suspension amounts to one missed turn. That’s not enough to hurt; it&rsquo...
Q&A with Ronald Acuna on incident with Marlins

Q&A with Ronald Acuna on incident with Marlins

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna spoke with the media Thursday, through an interpreter, after he was hit in the left elbow by the Marlins’ Jose Urena and forced to leave Wednesday’s game. He was back in the lineup Thursday in a series opener against the Rockies. Here are excerpts from the interview: Q. How do you feel today? A. First of all, I’m thankful to God. It was a hard hit but...
Q&A with Ender Inciarte on Ronald Acuna incident

Q&A with Ender Inciarte on Ronald Acuna incident

Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte spoke to the media Thursday after rookie Ronald Acuna was hit by a pitch by the Marlins’ Jose Urena and forced to leave Wednesday’s game. Here is a transcript of some of the interview: Q. What was your reaction when you found out the injury to Ronald Acuna was not as bad as it could have been? A. I’m happy, as everyone is. I texted him after the game...
Acuna text to Snitker: I’m 100 percent ready to play

Acuna text to Snitker: I’m 100 percent ready to play

Braves manager Brian Snitker got a text message from Ronald Acuna on Thursday afternoon. Give Ender Inciarte an assist for the translation. The message: I’m 100 percent ready to play. That came as quite a surprise after Acuna was forced to leave Wednesday night’s game after he was hit on the left elbow with the first pitch of his first at-bat by the Marlins’ Jose Urena. Acuna blistered...
Wednesday’s game drew Braves’ highest TV rating in five-plus years

Wednesday’s game drew Braves’ highest TV rating in five-plus years

The Braves scored their highest local TV rating in more than five years for Wednesday night’s win over the Miami Marlins.  The game averaged a 5.99 rating in the Atlanta TV market on Fox Sports Southeast, the best for a Braves game since opening night of the 2013 season.  About 147,000 Atlanta households watched Wednesday’s game on average.  Many of them may have tuned...
Acuna’s elbow OK, Braves outfielder listed day-to-day 

Acuna’s elbow OK, Braves outfielder listed day-to-day 

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna has been ruled day-to-day after a CT scan performed Wednesday night on his left elbow came back normal, the team announced Thursday. The rookie outfielder left Wednesday’s game after he was hit with the first pitch of his first at-bat by the Marlins’ Jose Urena. Acuna will not miss any time, as he was in the Braves lineup for Thursday’s series-opening...
Analysis: How might Braves use September call-ups?

Analysis: How might Braves use September call-ups?

The Braves, like the rest of MLB, have the benefit of roster expansion looming Sept. 1. MLB allows teams to carry 40 players – 15 more than the usual 25-man mandate – through the final month of the regular season. Minor league teams finish their seasons in early September (Sept. 3, in the Braves’ case).  Teams typically will add a few players Sept. 1 and gradually increase the...
Acuna got hit for no reason other than being good. MLB, you’re up

Acuna got hit for no reason other than being good. MLB, you’re up

Joe Torre – former Brave, former Braves manager – is MLB’s chief baseball officer. He’s the guy who metes out penalties. Before he decides what to do with Jose Urena (although I expect he has a pretty good idea already), I’d suggest Torre watch the video, but not so much the video of the Urena pitch that hit Ronald Acuna; watch instead the tape of Brian Snitker&rsquo...
Braves reactions after Ronald Acuna is injured by intentional hit by pitch

Braves reactions after Ronald Acuna is injured by intentional hit by pitch

Tempers flared in the Braves’ 5-2 win over the Marlins on Wednesday. Ronald Acuna stepped up to the plate and was immediately hit by a 97-mph fastball from Jose Urena. It prompted two bench clearings, with Braves manager Brian Snitker and Urena ejected. » Mark Bradley: Tired of getting hit by Acuna, Marlins hit him Here are the Braves’ passionate reactions, along with thoughts...
Acuna intentionally hit, ‘unwritten rules’ overshadow Braves sweep

Acuna intentionally hit, ‘unwritten rules’ overshadow Braves sweep

The Marlins’ - or rather, an individual’s - attempt at slowing Ronald Acuna was an outdated means of getting even, a gesture that needs to be left behind if baseball hopes to progress. And it still didn’t work: The Braves won 5-2. But the actual game was overshadowed by what occurred during the home team’s first plate appearance. Acuna entered Wednesday on a near-unprecedented...
Tired of Acuna hitting their pitches, the Marlins hit him instead

Tired of Acuna hitting their pitches, the Marlins hit him instead

That’s one way (and not a particularly sporting one) to keep Ronald Acuna from hitting a home run on the first pitch – hit him with the first pitch. That’s what Jose Urena of Miami did Wednesday night. It was also Urena’s last pitch.  We’ve gone nuts in this space over Acuna the past two days, and now we’re seeing just how wide a swath the 20-year-old has cut...
Ronald Acuna hit by pitch in first at-bat, causing near brawl

Ronald Acuna hit by pitch in first at-bat, causing near brawl

The Marlins found a way to stop Ronald Acuna from hitting a lead-off home run, and it resulted in benches clearing. Jose Urena hit Acuna on the first pitch on the bottom of the first in Wednesday’s game, prompting chaos. Acuna remained down holding his side near his elbow, visiting with trainers as more conflict unfolded in the infield.  » Mark Bradley: Tired of getting hit by...
Max Fried will make rehab start Friday

Max Fried will make rehab start Friday

Braves lefty Max Fried is ahead of schedule in recovering from a groin injury sustained in his last start Aug. 7. Fried tried to dodge a liner from Washington’s Spencer Kieboom, hurting himself in the process and exiting after two innings. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a groin strain following the 8-3 loss. But Fried has progressed faster than the team anticipated. He&rsquo...
Can Braves’ Ronald Acuna catch Juan Soto in NL ROY race?

Can Braves’ Ronald Acuna catch Juan Soto in NL ROY race?

For weeks Nationals outfielder Juan Soto has seemed to be a lock to win National League rookie of the year. But now, with Braves rookie outfielder Ronald Acuna on an incredible run, perhaps Soto’s march to ROY isn’t so inevitable.  Over his past eight games Acuna, 20, has eight homers and two doubles among his 16 hits. He’s the youngest player to homer in five consecutive...
These Braves are Coppolella’s vision realized. But he’s gone

These Braves are Coppolella’s vision realized. But he’s gone

I believed it would come. I had seen the beginnings. But reality hit with full force in Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader. Touki Toussaint, age 22, worked a 1-2-3 first inning in his big-league debut. Ronald Acuna, 20, led off the bottom of the first with a home run. (He has since hit three more.) And I recalled the words Elliot/Mr. Robot spoke to Tyrell as their 5/9 hack of EvilCorp commenced...
Ronald Acuna is the superstar Braves - and baseball - needed

Ronald Acuna is the superstar Braves - and baseball - needed

The Braves’ path back to relevancy has been paved by a 20-year-old who’s just being a kid. It took only one swing to put Ronald Acuna into the record books again. This time it was his first multi-homer game, a four-RBI effort that gave the Braves a 10-6 win over the Marlins.  “I never have (seen anything like it) in my lifetime,” manager Brian Snitker said. “Freddie...
Acuna posts first multi-homer game, makes history in Braves win

Acuna posts first multi-homer game, makes history in Braves win

- Photos: Two more home runs for Ronald Acuna There isn’t a hotter hitter on the planet than the Braves’ own rookie phenom. Ronald Acuna smashed the first ball he saw over the wall for his third consecutive lead-off home run. Charlie Culberson plastered the next pitch for a 2-0 lead. Then came the seventh inning. The teams entered in a 6-6 stalemate, and the Braves left with...
Good grief. Ronald Acuna does it again - and AGAIN

Good grief. Ronald Acuna does it again - and AGAIN

It’s getting silly now, but silly stuff can be fun stuff. Ronald Acuna just hit a leadoff home run. He did that twice yesterday. He also did it Saturday. On Sunday, he sort of rested: His homer that day came with two out in the second. To answer the obvious question: No, I’ve never seen anything like this, and neither have you. Because there has never been anything like this -- a 20-year-old...
Ronald Acuna homers again - five straight, three in leadoff

Ronald Acuna homers again - five straight, three in leadoff

The Braves’ Ronald Acuna is about making history at the start of every game. He homered on the first pitch from Miami’s Trevor Richards on Tuesday, his third-straight game with a lead-off homer. He’s the first to do so since Brady Anderson homered in four straight in 1999. Acuna’s hit a home run in five-straight contests, tying the franchise record. He’s the first Brave...
5 stats to put Ronald Acuna’s run in perspective

5 stats to put Ronald Acuna’s run in perspective

Ronald Acuna has revived his preseason form late in the season, demolishing pitching as a one-man wrecking crew and visibly enjoying every moment of it. The 20-year-old has homered in four consecutive games. The latter two shots began games Monday, guiding the Braves to a doubleheader sweep of the lowly Marlins. Stats to put Acuna’s success in perspective: » 1. Acuna is the youngest player...
McCarthy, Freeman, Moylan could join Braves’ September bullpen

McCarthy, Freeman, Moylan could join Braves’ September bullpen

The Braves could welcome the return of two rehabbing relievers and possibly one starter-turned-reliever entering the final month of the regular season. Sam Freeman and Peter Moylan, two veterans who struggled before their disabled-list stints, are headed to Triple-A Gwinnett to continue their rehab assignments. Starter Brandon McCarthy threw off the mound Tuesday in preparation for a potential return...
No reason to be embarrassed: Eight innings in another win for Foltynewicz

No reason to be embarrassed: Eight innings in another win for Foltynewicz

Mike Foltynewicz had no reason to be ashamed Monday. The Braves starter went eight innings, and allowed just five hits and one earned run, in a 6-1 victory over the Marlins at SunTrust Park. It was a doubleheader sweep for the Braves that moved them a full game ahead of the Phillies for first in the National League East. Foltynewicz has won his last three starts to regain the form that made him an...
Leadoff: Take a look at the crazy numbers Ronald Acuna is putting up

Leadoff: Take a look at the crazy numbers Ronald Acuna is putting up

Braves phenom Ronald Acuna is putting up big numbers so fast that it’s hard to keep up with all of them. So here’s a summary:  4: That’s how many players in MLB history have led off both games of a doubleheader with a home run – Harry Hooper (May 30, 1913), Rickey Henderson (July 5, 1993), Brady Anderson (Aug. 21, 1999) and Acuna (Monday).  Hooper and Henderson are...
The astonishing Ronald Acuna’s doubly delicious day

The astonishing Ronald Acuna’s doubly delicious day

Ronald Acuna led off the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against Miami with a home run. In the press box, Braves publicist Jonathan Kerber announced that this was Acuna’s third leadoff homer of the season and his first since Aug. 11, meaning his first in two whole days.  Guess he had a slow Sunday, I said to Mr. Kerber. Who said, on cue, “Yeah, he waited until the second...
Acuna homers to lead off both games of Braves’ doubleheader sweep

Acuna homers to lead off both games of Braves’ doubleheader sweep

Quick, get a thesaurus. They are starting to run out of superlatives. Seriously. What else can be said to describe the start of the career of Ronald Acuna? The Braves rookie led off both games of a doubleheader against the Marlins with a home run on Monday. He homered off Pablo Lopez to lead off the Braves’ 9-1 win in Game 1. He homered off Merandy Gonzalez on the first pitch – a blast...
Touki Toussaint lives up to his billing in first start

Touki Toussaint lives up to his billing in first start

Braves prospect Touki Toussaint was about to watch Kolby Allard throw a bullpen Thursday afternoon when his manager called him in for a meeting. Toussaint, who was preparing for his sixth start with Triple-A Gwinnett, was surprised when manager Damon Berryhill informed him he wouldn’t be making his Friday outing. Toussaint was scratched because he was ticketed for the big leagues. “Are...
Touki Toussaint is 1-0 in the bigs. Thanks, Dave Stewart

Touki Toussaint is 1-0 in the bigs. Thanks, Dave Stewart

For the record, Touki Toussaint didn’t throw a 96-mph fastball on his first big-league pitch. (That was a mere 94 mph.) He didn’t hit 96 until his seventh fastball, and then again on his eighth. You wonder if Dave Stewart – who as Arizona general manager traded Toussaint to the Braves on June 20, 2015 – was monitoring via the MLB At-Bat app. If so, you wonder what he was thinking...
Toussaint sharp in first start, Braves pound Marlins

Toussaint sharp in first start, Braves pound Marlins

If Touki Toussaint pitches like that, he might carve out a role on these contending Braves before the regular season concludes. The 22-year-old made his major-league debut Monday in game one of a doubleheader against the Marlins. He threw steered through six innings, permitting just a run in the Braves’ 9-1 win. “It was surreal going out there,” Toussaint said. “You throw...
Arodys Vizcaino scheduled to throw Wednesday

Arodys Vizcaino scheduled to throw Wednesday

The Braves bullpen might have familiar help on the way in the final month. Arodys Vizcaino is scheduled to begin throwing Wednesday, as long as he’s medically cleared, manager Brian Snitker said Monday. Vizcaino hasn’t pitched since July 11, sidelined by shoulder inflammation that resulted in two disabled list stints. The team’s taken a conservative approach after he returned from...
Touki Toussaint set for major league debut

Touki Toussaint set for major league debut

Touki Toussaint is the next Braves pitching prospect to debut, doing so Monday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader against the Marlins. Toussaint, 22, boasts a three-pitch arsenal highlighted by his curveball. He began last season in High-A Florida, and much of his rapid growth can be attributed to an improving changeup. “You look at his numbers, he’s had a really solid year,&rdquo...
Winner: Best sports fans in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best sports fans in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Our city is full of some of the most passionate sports fans in the whole country, if not the world. Last week's Best of Atlanta poll discovered the most dedicated sports fans for each of our beloved teams. Think of the fans that show up in great numbers for their favorite team, represent those teams and players in signature garb or even the fans that remain committed −whether the team wins or...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, Aug. 13

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, Aug. 13

Hello, fellow Monday lovers! (Insert eyeroll here) Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but it looks like it’s gonna be a hot one. Maybe even with a touch of thunderstorm. But what do you plan to do, hide under your bed all day? You’re better than that, Atlanta. Well, you’re better than that if there’s something really fun to do. Ask and you shall receive. Here are...
Imagine that? Having fun in a playoff race

Imagine that? Having fun in a playoff race

Imagine that, Braves manager Brian Snitker says. You can have fun playing baseball. Even in a playoff race. Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna – their own band of brothers – both homered in an 8-7 victory over the Brewers at SunTrust Park on Sunday. The win came despite the Braves being outhit 19-9. It was a key victory as the Braves (64-51, .557) moved percentage points ahead of the Brewers...
Albies, Swanson homer late to rescue Braves

Albies, Swanson homer late to rescue Braves

Wins like that don’t happen often – like once in 54 years. Or three times in 110 seasons. The Braves allowed 19 hits but still defeated the Brewers 8-7 at SunTrust Park on Sunday for a key win in the National League playoff race. Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson hit late home runs as the Braves erased a two-run deficit in a back-and-forth game to take two of three games from the Brewers...
Braves prospect Austin Riley heating up at the plate

Braves prospect Austin Riley heating up at the plate

The Gwinnett Stripers lost 8-1 to the Syracuse Chiefs Sunday in Triple-A play but Braves prospect Austin Riley continued his hot weekend for the Stripers. Riley was 1-for-3 and finished the three-game road series 8-for-12 with two doubles, a homer, two runs and one RBI.  The third baseman is hitting .290 with five homers and 30 RBIs for Gwinnett and .302 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs for three teams...
Toussaint’s debut to come in Game 1 of Braves doubleheader

Toussaint’s debut to come in Game 1 of Braves doubleheader

Touki Toussaint will make his major-league debut in Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader against the Marlins, barring a last-minute injury. Braves manager Brian Snitker indicated Saturday that the highly-regarded right-hander would pitch in one of the two games. The Braves listed Mike Foltynewicz as the Game 2 starter on the first day of the four-game series at SunTrust Park. The Braves have...
Teheran pitches well, but eighth inning costs Braves in loss to Brewers

Teheran pitches well, but eighth inning costs Braves in loss to Brewers

Julio Teheran’s endured his share of criticism throughout what has, to this point, been a mediocre season amid his team’s first-place worthy success. Teheran answered the call Saturday, but the usually dependable Jesse Biddle did not. As a result, the Braves fell short against the Brewers, 4-2, one of their top National League competitors. The pair’s winning percentage was separated...
Braves bullpen awaits possible returns of injured arms

Braves bullpen awaits possible returns of injured arms

The Braves’ bullpen has been an asset lately, and four sidelined members are working their way toward a return. Granted, there’s not room for everybody. Decisions are coming, even with rosters expanding in September. Sam Freeman, once the reliable lefty who lost his command before going on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, is throwing bullpen sessions.  Shane Carle was...
Touki time: Next vaunted Braves prospect likely to debut Monday 

Touki time: Next vaunted Braves prospect likely to debut Monday 

Touki Toussaint was a late entry into the Futures game last month. He had made only one start in Triple-A, but word had already spread among evaluators and competitors that he wouldn’t be in the minors for long. His rise is nearly complete, as the 22-year-old is set to start for the Braves on Monday, per manager Brian Snitker. The Braves host Miami for a doubleheader, with Mike Foltynewicz starting...
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