Found April 02, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
Schedule Thursday: at N.Y. Mets, 1 p.m. (SportSouth); Probable starters: Tommy Hanson (2011: 11-7, 3.60 ERA) vs. Johan Santana (2011: DNP, injured) Friday: Off Saturday: at N.Y. Mets, 1 p.m. (SportSouth); Jair Jurrjens (2011: 13-6, 2.96) vs. R.A. Dickey (2011: 8-13, 3.28) Sunday: at N.Y. Mets, 1 p.m. (SportSouth); Mike Minor (2011: 4-5, 3.13) vs. Jon Niese (2011: 11-11, 4.40) Look out for The Braves have had a rough spring after a September in which they lost an 8-game lead for the wild card and missed the playoffs. Will they able to get off to strong start in the regular season after making few changes from last years roster? Hanson earned the opening day start despite changing his delivery and coming back from a shoulder surgery that caused him to miss the final month of the 2011 season. What kind of impact will newly acquired 3B Juan Francisco have on the Braves? Santana, a two-time AL Cy Young award winner, is looking to regain his past form after missing last season whil...

Andrelton Simmons Assigned to Minors

It appears as though, after a spring’s worth of uncertainty, the Atlanta Braves have decided on an Opening Day shortstop, with the news this afternoon (courtesy David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution) that the club has assigned defensive wunderkind Andrelton Simmons to minor-league camp, leaving Tyler Pastornicky with the job. To which level, precisely, Simmons has...

Atlanta returns much of the same

The 2012 version of the Atlanta Braves isnt much different than the team that finished last season. Other than a new starting shortstop and a couple of new faces on the bench and in the bullpen, Braves fans should be familiar with this years team. Heres a position-by-position look at the Braves heading into their season-opener against the New York Mets on Thursday. Infield Catcher...

Atlanta Braves reliever Martinez charged with DUI

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Cristhian Martinez has been charged with drunken driving. Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith says Martinez's blood alcohol level was 0.13 when he was arrested early Monday on Interstate 85. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08 percent. He also faces charges of impeding the flow of traffic and improper lane change. Records show Martinez was booked...

Braves RHP Martinez charged with drunken driving

Atlanta Braves righthander Cristhian Martinez was charged with drunken driving on Monday. Martinez's blood alcohol level was listed at 0.13 percent when he was arrested early Monday morning on Interstate 85 in Lawrenceville, Ga. The state's legal limit is 0.08 percent. Cpl. Jake Smith noted that Martinez faces charges of impeding the flow of traffic and improper lane changes...

Hudson has first outing of spring for Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The original plan was for Tim Hudson to go one inning in his first start of spring training. Then, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez decided his ace might be able to go two. After pitching two innings of the Braves' 8-2 loss to the New York Mets on Monday in his first outing since having offseason back surgery, Hudson said he would have liked to have...

McCann the Braves new leader

This is Brian McCann's team now, but can the Braves keep the hometown kid around for the long-term?

Braves and Reds Strike a Minor Deal

The Braves and Reds made a minor deal on Sunday. The Braves sent right-handed minor league pitcher J.J. Hoover for Reds third baseman Juan Francisco. Francisco was out of options, and that likely played a role in this dealing taking place. Hoover has yet to pitch in the majors, and reached Triple-A in the middle of August. Let's take a look at the fantasy impact of this deal...

Atlanta Braves return much of the same

The Atlanta Braves return many familiar faces but will aim for better results in 2012.

Jason Heyward remains an enigma as pressure mounts

By Andrew Hirsh As one of the most highly-touted players of his generation, Jason Heyward has grown accustomed to the spotlight. What the 22-year-old isn’t used to, however, is the level of scrutiny he will surely face over the next seven months. With an injury-plagued sophomore campaign in the rearview mirror, Heyward has spent this offseason and subsequent spring trying to repair...

Meet the Braves: Kris Medlen invites you to meet the Braves as we continue a month-long look at our team, player-by-player. We'll revisit 2011 and project what 2012 might look like. Kris Medlen Position: P Height: 5-10 Weight: 190 BatThrow: SR Hometown: Norwalk, Calif. Experience: Fourth season 2011 in review: Medlen pitched in only two games in September after missing the rest of the...

Mets 8, Braves 2

Tim Hudson made his first appearance of the spring, allowing an infield single over two innings for the Atlanta Braves in an 8-2 loss to the New York Mets. Ruben Tejada hit a three-run homer and Bobby Parnell allowed two hits over three innings for New York. Hudson went 16-10 with a 3.23 ERA last season, but had back surgery during the offseason and isn't expected back until...

Reds acquire RHP JJ Hoover in a trade with Braves

The Reds acquired RHP JJ Hoover for Juan Francisco today in a deal with the Atlanta Braves. Scouting report and some thoughts coming soon.

Hanson sharp, Braves lose in rain out

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander tuned up for opening day with a crisp outing in his final spring start and the Detroit Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Saturday in a game called after six innings due to rain. Verlander, who won the American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards last season, allowed four hits in six innings to finish the spring with a 2.02...
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