David O'Brien

Atlanta Braves beat writer

David O'Brien has covered the Atlanta Braves for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2002, and previously covered the Marlins for the (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel for seven years. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. Follow David O’Brien on Twitter DailyDOB AJC Atlanta Braves Blog

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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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

Posted: 7 hours ago

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...
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...

Posted: 8 hours ago

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...
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...

Posted: 8 hours ago

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...
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&rsquo...

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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&rsquo...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
Sanchez runs into nemesis, Braves lose to Blue Jays
 After the surging Braves snapped the Blue Jays’ seven-game winning streak Tuesday, Anibal Sanchez was knocked around by a nemesis and outpitched by Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the finale of a brief two-game series. Happ gave up two early homers to Kurt Suzuki and Peter Bourjos but nearly shut down the Braves the rest of the way in...

Posted: 2 days ago

After the surging Braves snapped the Blue Jays’ seven-game winning streak Tuesday, Anibal Sanchez was knocked around by a nemesis and outpitched by Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the finale of a brief two-game series. Happ gave up two early homers to Kurt Suzuki and Peter Bourjos but nearly shut down the Braves the rest of the way in...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

  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...
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&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

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&rsquo...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...