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Five things to know following Braves-Orioles series

Five things to know following Braves-Orioles series

The Braves salvaged a win from a near-disastrous series against the Orioles, one of MLB’s worst teams, on Sunday. After dropping a 15-inning marathon Friday, and being unable to complete a rally the next game, the Braves came away with a 7-3 win. Here’s what to know following the series: 1. The Braves had lost seven straight to Baltimore entering Sunday. Their win was their first over...
Braves avoid potential embarrassing sweep to Orioles

Braves avoid potential embarrassing sweep to Orioles

These Orioles were closer to the rendition fans expected at SunTrust Park this weekend. The Braves defeated Baltimore 7-3 Sunday, avoiding a sweep at the hands of arguably the worst team in the majors. It snapped the Braves’ seven-game losing streak to the Orioles in interleague play and marked their first win in the rarely played series since June 15, 2012. The first two Braves reached base...
Acuna gets first hit in rehab stint

Acuna gets first hit in rehab stint

Ronald Acuna when 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a walk for the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers in a rehab assignment on Sunday. The Columbus Clippers defeated the Stripers, 7-5, in 10 innings at CoolRay Field in Lawrenceville. Acuna was replaced in left field to start the 10th inning. Acuna singled to center in the second inning for his first hit of his rehab stint. Acuna also played in the first two games...
Braves will use dual closers with Arodys Vizcaino on disabled list

Braves will use dual closers with Arodys Vizcaino on disabled list

The Braves have already experimented with multiple closers throughout the year, and they’ll be forced to do so with mainstay Arodys Vizcaino sidelined for the next week.  Vizcaino was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to June 21. The Braves hope their usual closer can return in a week, but they’ll be tasked with balancing the ninth...
Evan Phillips ‘always believed’ he’d be major leaguer

Evan Phillips ‘always believed’ he’d be major leaguer

Evan Phillips knew the day was coming, but he didn’t expect the call Saturday night. The reliever’s breakthrough campaign earned him a spot in the ever-changing Braves bullpen. Phillips, a 17th-round draft pick in 2015, has exceeded expectations and will have the opportunity to secure a permanent role in the majors. “It meant everything,” Phillips said. “I don’t...
Ronald Acuna plays second rehab game in Gwinnett

Ronald Acuna plays second rehab game in Gwinnett

Ronald Acuna Jr. went 0-for-4 with a strikeout as the designated hitter for the Gwinnett Stripers Saturday night at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. Acuna played the second game of his rehab assignment for the Braves. Acuna went on the disabled list May 28 after sustaining a sprained knee ligament and knee and back contusions while running to first base in Boston.  Friday marked the...
Teheran’s first-inning woes strike again

Teheran’s first-inning woes strike again

Julio Teheran’s alarming first-inning performance this season might not be a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, but it’s nonetheless difficult to figure out. The Braves’ five-time opening-day starter and two-time former All-Star has not pitched like either of those descriptions in a majority of starts this season, and the first-inning woes are a big reason for his struggles...
Teheran slammed early, Braves lose game and series to Orioles

Teheran slammed early, Braves lose game and series to Orioles

Baseball mojo can be a maddening, temperamental mistress, and that’s not even taking into account the unpredictable state of Julio Teheran’s pitching. And so it is that the Braves, who hadn’t lost a home series since early May, saw that streak snapped Saturday when Teheran gave up a first-inning grand slam to Mark Trumbo in a 7-5 loss to the lowly Orioles at sold-out SunTrust Park...
Photos: Do you like the Braves’ throwback uniforms

Photos: Do you like the Braves’ throwback uniforms

The Braves wore throwback unfiorms for their series against the Baltimore Orioles this weekend at SunTrust Park. The uniforms resemble the ones worn by the Braves in the 1970s.  Hank Aaron wore one of the white pullover jerseys when he hit his 715th home run and passed Babe Ruth for baseball’s most prestigious record. Do you like the look of the uniforms? Watch a video above to see images...
Gwinnett Stripers’ Xavier Avery almost was the next great UGA running back

Gwinnett Stripers’ Xavier Avery almost was the next great UGA running back

Xavier Avery once had an opportunity to don the red and black of the Georgia Bulldogs, but he passed on wearing silver britches when the Baltimore Orioles came calling in the second round of the 2008 MLB draft.  Now he sometimes sports neon green at Coolray Field, where he has played with the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers since April 2017.  But before Avery landed at the Braves’ Triple-A...
Braves closer Vizcaino dealing with balky shoulder

Braves closer Vizcaino dealing with balky shoulder

The Braves know that if they hope to have closer Arodys Vizcaino healthy for the long haul of a season, they’re going to have to be a bit more careful with him than most other teams are with their closers. “Viz has been put back together a couple of times, so there’s always going to be an awareness of that,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said Saturday, a day after Vizcaino wasn&rsquo...
Braves rally in ninth, fall short in fifteenth to Orioles

Braves rally in ninth, fall short in fifteenth to Orioles

The Braves are no strangers to late-game comebacks.  Earlier this season, they overcame a 7-3 score against Cincinnati on April 24 to force extra innings and scored six runs in the ninth inning to beat Miami 10-9 May 20.  The home team seemed on the verge of another ninth-inning walk-off win Friday night but couldn’t finish the job this time against the Orioles. The game appeared to...
Braves relievers Winkler, Moylan feel the weight of 15-inning loss

Braves relievers Winkler, Moylan feel the weight of 15-inning loss

With closer Arodys Vizcaino nursing a sore shoulder and manager Brian Snitker wanting to wait another day before using him, the Braves turned to Dan Winkler Friday in a ninth-inning save opportunity with a two-run lead against the Orioles.  And he blew it sky-high in a six-run inning. And after the Braves scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie and send the game to extra innings, Atlanta&rsquo...
Braves rally after bullpen collapse in ninth, but lose to Orioles in 15 innings

Braves rally after bullpen collapse in ninth, but lose to Orioles in 15 innings

On opening night of Hank Aaron weekend at SunTrust Park, the Braves wore sharp 1970s throwbacks Friday, but for much of the game against the lowly Orioles they hit like the great Aaron seldom did: Not very well. Then after the offense awakened to give the Braves a late-innings lead, the bullpen collapsed in a six-run ninth that turned a 3-1 lead into a 7-3 deficit. But has often been the case in 2018...
Ronald Acuna begins (potentially brief) rehab assignment

Ronald Acuna begins (potentially brief) rehab assignment

Ronald Acuna, donning his major-league helmet, returned to Triple-A Gwinnett on a rehab assignment after only 29 major-league games. Friday marked the first game action for the top prospect in almost a month. He went 0-for-2 in a rain-shortened debut at Coolray Field. Acuna hit the disabled list May 28 after sustaining a sprained knee ligament and knee and back contusions while running through first...
Inciarte back in leadoff spot, slumping Albies in 2-hole

Inciarte back in leadoff spot, slumping Albies in 2-hole

Ender Inciarte’s recent hitting resurgence led Braves manager Brian Snitker to move him back to the leadoff spot Friday, and Snitker would like to keep him there. “I just kind of feel that with him up there doing what he’s capable of, that’s our best (lineup),” Snitker said after putting Inciarte back in the leadoff spot for the first time in 15 games for Friday&rsquo...
Foltynewicz set to return from DL on Monday

Foltynewicz set to return from DL on Monday

Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz is tentatively set to return from the 10-day disabled list Monday with a start in that night’s series opener against the Reds at SunTrust Park. He’s been on the DL recovering from tightness in the right triceps, the major muscle in the upper back part of his pitching arm.  Foltynewicz last pitched June 13, working five scoreless innings in the latest...
Soroka back on disabled list for shoulder issue

Soroka back on disabled list for shoulder issue

Mike Soroka went back on the 10-day disabled list Friday for the second time in five weeks because of rotator-cuff inflammation in his pitching shoulder. But the Braves and their prized rookie said they’ve been assured there’s nothing structurally wrong and that it’s not a major concern. They will, however, make sure to bring him back slowly to avoid another recurrence this season...
Freddie Freeman shares touching moment with teenage fan who lost his parents 

Freddie Freeman shares touching moment with teenage fan who lost his parents 

If asked to name the happiest place on Earth, the most common answer probably would be Disney World, but SunTrust Park might have claimed the title Friday.  Before the Braves took the field to face the Baltimore Orioles, Matt Klug experienced a dream come true as he met Freddie Freeman, manager Brian Snitker and Dansby Swanson. Klug is a recent graduate of Brookwood High School and was drafted...
Hank Aaron supports athletes who speak out, don’t go to White House

Hank Aaron supports athletes who speak out, don’t go to White House

The words of Nelson Mandela are inscribed on a water sculpture outside the Center of Civil Rights and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Inside the same downtown Atlanta museum, another legend from the civil-rights era was smiling and sharing his thoughts...
Braves put Soroka back on DL, promote Santana

Braves put Soroka back on DL, promote Santana

Mike Soroka just came off his first disabled list stint. He’ll now experience his second. The Braves placed their prized 20-year-old righty on the 10-day DL with right shoulder inflammation, the same reason he was sidelined before returning against the Mets on June 13. Soroka made two starts since he was activated. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh against the Mets, but was tagged for...
Ronald Acuna rehab begins Friday at Gwinnett

Ronald Acuna rehab begins Friday at Gwinnett

Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna will begin his rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett, the team announced.   The outfielder has been on the disabled list since May 28 after suffering a mild left-knee ACL sprain and lower back contusion while running through first base in Boston.   The Braves have taken a conservative approach through their 20-year-old’s DL stint...
Braves fans responding to first-place team

Braves fans responding to first-place team

The Braves’ surprising first-place position in the National League East has fueled a recent rise in attendance and an even sharper rise in TV ratings as many fans seem to shake off the team’s four consecutive losing seasons.  The Braves sold out their past three home games, marking the first three-game sellout streak at SunTrust Park, and overall attendance for the season is up almost...
Smoltz takes his golf game to mountaintop at U.S. Senior Open

Smoltz takes his golf game to mountaintop at U.S. Senior Open

In his head, John Smoltz always had this other vision of himself. Yeah, it’s crowded in there. He had done the pitching thing – both starting and closing – so well that he now sublets a little corner of Cooperstown. He hadn’t crossed over into baseball broadcasting but hardly a minute before he was earning all the plum assignments. And yet, there has always been this other...
LISTEN: Anthopoulos on surprising Braves and plans going forward

LISTEN: Anthopoulos on surprising Braves and plans going forward

After three consecutive seasons with at least 90 losses during the team’s much-chronicled rebuilding project, the Braves have turned things around in their first season with Alex Anthopoulos as general manager, sitting in first place in the National League East and on pace for 95 wins. Anthopoulos talked with the AJC’s David O’Brien on the “Truth, Lies and Sacrifice Flies&rdquo...
Braves’ Gohara makes start for Gwinnett in Triple-A

Braves’ Gohara makes start for Gwinnett in Triple-A

Braves prospect Luiz Gohara gave up five hits and two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings is his first Triple-A start since being sent down to the Gwinnett Stripers Wednesday night in Lawrenceville. Gohara (0-3) had seven strikeouts and a walk and threw 69 pitches. The Braves decided Gohara was better off pitching more as a starter in Gwinnett rather than serving mop-up duty for the big-league team. Gohara...
Dustin Peterson searches for ‘rhythm’ he rode to the big leagues 

Dustin Peterson searches for ‘rhythm’ he rode to the big leagues 

Dustin Peterson’s first major-league appearance lasted around 48 hours, but those two days with the Braves represent a fraction of the right fielder’s aspirations.  “It was awesome,” he said before suiting up for the Gwinnett Stripers’ game against the Toledo Mud Hens on Wednesday. “It was everything I expected. My family got to make it out. My brother, who...
Acuna to begin rehab assignment soon

Acuna to begin rehab assignment soon

As the denizens of Braves Country eagerly await the return of phenom Ronald Acuna, the energizing rookie outfielder went through a third consecutive day of rigorous injury-rehab workouts Wednesday at the team’s spring-training camp outside Orlando. The big news: He’s much closer to returning, probably no more than a day or two from starting a minor-league rehab assignment that would be...
Braves fans not impressed with game experience on Facebook 

Braves fans not impressed with game experience on Facebook 

Atlanta Braves fans were generally unhappy before the Braves-Blue Jays game aired Wednesday exclusively on Facebook Watch. They weren’t too thrilled following the online broadcast either. Rate your experience: Fans took to Twitter to express their opinions on the streaming service immediately after the stream concluded on Wednesday.  The Braves fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4. 
Sanchez runs into nemesis, Braves fall to Blue Jays

Sanchez runs into nemesis, Braves fall to Blue Jays

 TORONTO – After the surging Braves snapped the Blue Jays’ seven-game winning streak Tuesday, Anibal Sanchez got knocked around by a nemesis and outpitched by Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the finale of the brief two-game series.
Braves’ other Freeman needed this one

Braves’ other Freeman needed this one

  TORONTO – As much as the Braves needed a good, long outing from Sam Freeman on Tuesday, he probably needed it more. For peace of mind, confidence – whatever you want to call it. He came through with his best outing in what has been an inconsistent season for the veteran left-hander following a career-best performance in 2017. Freeman pitched a season-high 2 1/3 innings – one...
Phillips enjoying career season in Gwinnett, not dwelling on potential promotion

Phillips enjoying career season in Gwinnett, not dwelling on potential promotion

Evan Phillips walks off the field a couple of hours before the first pitch at Coolray Field, batting practice slowly winding down, and takes a few steps down into the dugout.  Then he notices a reporter waiting — not just waiting, but waiting for him. “No one really talks to me,” the 23-year old relief pitcher said with a surprised tone. That seems perhaps more apt for...
Braves fans unhappy today’s game will appear on Facebook, not local TV

Braves fans unhappy today’s game will appear on Facebook, not local TV

The Atlanta Braves-Toronto Blue Jays game Wednesday will not be broadcast on any television network.  The 12:37 p.m. game will be live-streamed exclusively on Facebook Watch as part of Major League Baseball’s deal with the social media platform to live-stream one game per week this season.  » Click here: Watch Braves-Blue Jays Live Fans on Twitter were quick to share...
Leadoff: Why today’s Braves game isn’t on TV

Leadoff: Why today’s Braves game isn’t on TV

You won’t find Wednesday afternoon’s Braves-Blue Jays game on Fox Sports South or Fox Sports Southeast or any other TV network.  The game will be exclusively shown on Facebook Watch, the social media giant’s platform for shows, as part of MLB’s deal to live-stream one game per week this season – generally Wednesday afternoon games – to a global online...
Camargo leads bottom-of-the-order barrage

Camargo leads bottom-of-the-order barrage

It says something for how much deeper and balanced this Braves lineup is that the top five spots in their batting order Tuesday night accounted for just three hits, one run and two RBIs in an 11-4 rout against the Blue Jays. The bottom four did the heavy lifting in this one, each having multi-hit games led by third baseman Johan Camargo’s 4-for-5 outburst from the No. 9 spot in the order...
What Soroka, manager said about rookie’s Canadian homecoming

What Soroka, manager said about rookie’s Canadian homecoming

TORONTO -- Braves rookie pitcher Mike Soroka made his fifth major league start and his first in his Canadian homeland.  The Calgary right-hander matched career-highs with eight hits and four earned runs allowed in 4 2/3 innings, but did minimize the damage in a few innings and the Braves gave him plenty of defensive and offensive support in an 11-4 win over the Blue Jays. Here’s what Soroka...
Camargo grand slam propels Braves toward 11-4 rout of Blue Jays

Camargo grand slam propels Braves toward 11-4 rout of Blue Jays

Another young Braves pitcher learned Tuesday that it’s not easy pitching in front of so many family members and friends for the first time in a major league game, but Mike Soroka needn’t worry. His squad had his back. Johan Camargo went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and hit a second-inning grand slam to get the Braves rolling early in an 11-4 win against the Blue Jays to open a two-game interleague...
Allard playing waiting game, as call-up looms

Allard playing waiting game, as call-up looms

If you didn’t know any better, you might think Kolby Allard was just another laid-back West Coast guy without a care in the world. “He’s a Cali kid, surfer bro, all that,” Gwinnett Stripers reliever Evan Phillips said. To this point, his career has followed a trajectory that plays into that narrative, too.  He was the 14th overall selection in the 2015 draft straight...
Foltynewicz likely to start Sunday; whither McCarthy?

Foltynewicz likely to start Sunday; whither McCarthy?

 Veteran starter Brandon McCarthy is with the Braves, and they don’t plan to have him start him again until at least before next week, but that doesn’t mean he’ll move to the bullpen. At least not before Friday. Braves manager Brian Snitker said McCarthy would not be available to pitch out of the bullpen during a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday against the Blue Jays because...
Anthopoulos Q&A: Back in Toronto with first-place Braves

Anthopoulos Q&A: Back in Toronto with first-place Braves

Braves first-year general manager Alex Anthopoulos is a native Canadian who worked for the Blue Jays from 2003 through 2015, serving as general manager for the final six seasons of that period, including the 2015 season when Toronto won the American League East and ended a 22-year postseason drought.  After turning down a lucrative five-year extension offer from the Blue Jays and going to the...
Anthopoulos is the Canadian who’s had greatest impact on Braves

Anthopoulos is the Canadian who’s had greatest impact on Braves

Mike Soroka, one of the more visible and promising young figures in Canadian baseball, will take the mound for the Braves tonight in a homecoming of sorts when he faces the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. But as terrific as Soroka has been so far in his fledgling career, the bigger impact on this Braves team has come from another young (relatively speaking) Canada native. The man who’ll be sitting...
Braves-Blue Jays will appear on Facebook on Wednesday, not local TV

Braves-Blue Jays will appear on Facebook on Wednesday, not local TV

The Braves and Blue Jays will be showcased Wednesday as MLB’s Facebook Watch game of the week. Facebook and MLB entered an expanded partnership before the 2018 season that included one game broadcast a week, allowing fans across the globe to watch American professional baseball.  » Click here: Watch Braves-Blue Jays Live Wednesday’s game will be exclusively on Facebook...
The Nats land Kelvin Herrera. The Braves could’ve used him

The Nats land Kelvin Herrera. The Braves could’ve used him

Stephen Strasburg is still on the disabled list and Bryce Harper is still hitting .212, but the Washington Nationals got better Monday. (Even on a day when they technically split with the Yankees, though the first game was a resumption of a suspended one.) The Nats remain 3½ games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, but they have the closer they’ve lacked … oh...
Leadoff: Look at new renderings of Braves’ spring training facility

Leadoff: Look at new renderings of Braves’ spring training facility

As construction continues on their future spring-training home in the southwest Florida city of North Port, the Braves released updated architectural renderings that show new details of what they’re building.  The renderings show fans seated on a long grass berm beyond left field; a group space, similar to SunTrust Park’s “Below the Chop,” just beyond the right-field...
Five things about Braves vs. Blue Jays, Soroka vs. Garcia

Five things about Braves vs. Blue Jays, Soroka vs. Garcia

Braves rookie Mike Soroka, a 20-year-old Canadian, will pitch in Rogers Centre for the first time as a professional Tuesday when he faces Blue Jays left-hander Jaime Garcia, a former Brave, in the opener of a two-game series. Here are five things to know about the pitching matchup and the brief series, the only two road games for the Braves amid a 14-game stretch. 1. Soroka, who’ll have family...
Fans, media react to Braves’ continued success

Fans, media react to Braves’ continued success

Life is good in Braves Country right now. Behind six hitless innings from Julio Teheran on Sunday, the Braves won 4-1, improving their record to 42-29 and extending their lead in the NL East to 3.5 games. It may only be mid-June, but their sustained success has fans and sports writers wondering what could be of this season: That boost has also helped the Braves in all-star voting:
Braves’ Markakis now leading All-Star vote-getter among NL outfielders

Braves’ Markakis now leading All-Star vote-getter among NL outfielders

The Braves continue to dominate the National League All-Star voting.The leading vote-getter among NL outfielders is now Nick Markakis. The Braves outfielder has 1,173,653 votes and surpassed the Nationals’ Bryce Harper (1,002,696) in the latest voting update released by Major League Baseball on Monday. Markakis was third among outfielders in the initial release of balloting results. The 34-year...
Mike Soroka makes second debut in Canada return

Mike Soroka makes second debut in Canada return

Mike Soroka first took the Rogers Centre mound when he was 15. Only five years later, he’ll do so again this time as a major leaguer. The Braves play a two-game series in Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday, and their top pitching prospect will start game one. Soroka hails from Calgary, in western Canada. But his best and earliest memories at a professional ballpark were in Toronto. “Even...
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