Found July 02, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
Monday: Chicago at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Jeff Samardzija (5-7, 5.09 ERA) vs. Tommy Hanson (9-4, 3.59) Tuesday: Chicago at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Chris Volstad (0-6, 7.46) vs. Jair Jurrjens (1-2, 6.07) Wednesday: Chicago at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Paul Malhom (5-6, 4.84) vs. Randall Delgado (4-8, 4.52) Thursday: Chicago at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. (SportSouth); Matt Garza (4-6, 4.01) vs. Mike Minor (4-6, 6.20) Friday: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. (FOX Sports South, Peachtree TV); Tim Hudson (6-4, 3.87) vs. Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.08) Saturday: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:15 p.m. (FOX); Hanson vs. Joe Blanton (7-7, 4.85) Sunday: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m. (FOX Sports South, TBS); Jurrjens vs. Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92) Look out for The schedule gets considerably easier for the Braves, starting tonight. After playing teams at or over .500 for 46 consecutive games, the Braves play the Cubs, who are last in the NL Central, and the Phillies, who are last in the NL East. At 29-49, the Cubs have the worst record in baseball. The Phillies have lost five straight games and are at 36-45. The Braves went 22-24 against in those games. The Braves signed former major league pitcher Ben Sheets on Sunday and assigned him to Double-A Mississippi. Sheets, a four-time all-star who struck out 18 Braves on May 16, 2004, is 90-92 in his career and hasnt pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2010. Jeff Samardzija, who will start against the Braves on Monday night, is 0-4 with a 12.27 ERA in his past four starts. Whos hot Jason Heyward hit .348 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in June, and continued his hot streak into July. He went 2-for-5 on Sunday and has raised his average from .234 to .274 in the past month. Heyward was the NL Player of the Week last week and will be in the running for the player of the month. Rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons continues to impress. He has hit in eight of his past nine games and is hitting .333 with three home runs and 14 RBIs after one month in the majors. Hes had 10 multi-hit games, including three, three-hit games. Chipper Jones has an eight-game hitting streak. Hes 10 for his past 28 (.357). Eric OFlaherty seems to have worked out the issues he had earlier this season. He hasnt allowed a run in his past seven appearances, covering 5 23 innings, and his ERA is at a season-low 3.18. Tommy Hanson was 4-0 with a 3.13 ERA in five starts in June. Whos not Jonny Venters cant get over the hump. He had a 5 13-inning scoreless snapped when he allowed a run on June 27. He then gave up two runs in 13 of an inning in the Braves 8-4 loss to the Nationals on Sunday, pushing his ERA to 4.40. Venters has allowed 15 earned runs this year after giving up only 18 in 2011. The league hit .306 against Kris Medlen in June. Dan Uggla continues to struggle. Despite being selected to start for the NL All-Star team, his average has fallen from .276 on June 5 to .232 after he went 0-for-3 on Sunday. He has one hit in his past 17 at-bats and hit .160 in June. Injuries Atlanta: Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery) will be out until next summer. Chicago: P Ryan Dempster (shoulder) and 3B Ian Stewart (wrist) are on the 15-day DL. Philadelphia: P Roy Halladay (shoulder), 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles) and OF Laynce Nix (calf) are on the 15-day DL. On the farm Felix Pie drove in Tyler Pastornicky with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to help Triple-A Gwinnett snap a franchise-record 15-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over Charlotte on Sunday. Pastornicky is hitting .262 with 16 RBIs in 31 games for Gwinnett. Sheets is scheduled to start and throw five innings or 75 pitches for Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday. The Braves expect him to make a few minor league starts before being promoted to the majors. Catcher Christian Bethancourt has hit in eight of his past 10 games and is hitting .287 in that span. Braves reliever Peter Moylan, who is coming back from shoulder surgery, started and pitched a scoreless inning for the Gulf Coast League Braves on Saturday. Hes scheduled for more appearances as he works his way back to the majors.

Braves, Sheets agree to minor-league contract

The Atlanta Braves signed veteran starter Ben Sheets to a minor-league contract Sunday. The 33-year-old Sheets will report to Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday. The right-hander last pitched in 2010 with Oakland, going 4-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 20 starts. Atlanta's rotation took a hit recently when Brandon Beachy was lost for the season to a torn elbow ligament. Beachy was 5...

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Bryce Harper is believed by many to be the favorite to win the annual MLB All-Star Game Final Vote out of the National League. His steepest competition will be Chipper Jones, who has said that this will be his last major league season meaning this would likely be his final All-Star appearance. Chipper has made seven All-Star teams in his 19-year career, and many believe number eight...

Braves remain winless on Monday this season

A lot of folks dread Mondays, but perhaps none more than the Braves. They've played 11 games on Monday this year. They've lost all 11. That's right. Count them. E-L-E-V-E-N. Three or four might be a fluke. Seven or eight might be a trend. But 11? That's worse than a Monday Malaise. Call it a Monday Malfunction. It's become a curse. No. 11 became official...

Bryce Harper, Chipper Jones Final Vote Battle Exposes Flaws in MLB All-Star Game

This season's National League Final Vote has its usual field of five candidates, but let's be real here, it's essentially a two-horse race between 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper and 40-year-old future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones. The truth, however, is that neither player deserves an All-Star nod. If we're voting based on entertainment value, yes, Harper deserves...

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Jenna tweeting in the suite!   Fox Sports South hosted an event called Tweet in the Suite, where they invited a few of us who regularly tweet with them during games to enjoy the game from the Bobby Cox suite and meet the FSS on-air personalities. As a bonus, we also got to visit with Javy Lopez, who was at the Ted to promote his autobiography, Behind the Plate. The suite was in...

Chipper added to NL All-Star roster

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is replacing Dodgers third baseman Matt Kemp on the NL All-Star roster. Jones had been a candidate to be voted onto the team by fans in baseball's Final Vote campaign. Instead, the 40-year-old Jones is replacing Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury but plans to participate in the All-Star home run derby. The Braves announced...

Simmons turns gets attention for offense, too

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons had a 14-pitch at bat Sunday versus Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, fouling off nine pitches -- eight in a row -- before drawing a walk. Monday, he was named rookie of the month for June. Simmons made the jump from Class AA Mississippi on June 2 because of his eye-popping defense. But in the 27 games he's played since then, he has 10-multi-hit...

Bryce Harper Says He Would Vote for Chipper Jones in All-Star Game Final Vote Contest

Bryce Harper, in all likelihood, will play in a whole bunch of All-Star Games. So there's not a huge rush to make his first Midsummer Classic appearance this season, especially considering who he'll have to beat out to earn the bid. Harper is one of five National League players on the Final Vote ballot for inclusion into next week's All-Star Game. Fans will have a chance...

Nationals' Strasburg falls apart in Atlanta heat

It seemed the kind of day that would set up well for Stephen Strasburg. He'd already defeated the Atlanta Braves twice this year. He'd already won at Turner Field. He'd already won a head-to-head matchup with Braves starter Mike Minor. And even if he wasn't at his best, surely his teammates would score plenty of runs against Minor, who entered with a 6.14 ERA, more...

Braves sign Ben Sheets

The Atlanta Braves have signed Ben Sheets to a minor league deal, the team announced. The right-hander will report to Double-A where he will make his first start on July 4th. Sheets was last pitched in the Majors in July of 2010 for the Oakland A's. He eventually was shut down and underwent flexor tendon surgery. Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught up...

Braves sign Sheets to minor-league deal

The Atlanta Braves have signed free agent pitcher Ben Sheets to a minor-league contract, the team announced Sunday. Sheets, 34, has undergone two elbow surgeries and last pitched in 2010 with the Oakland Athletics. He had his best years with the Milwaukee Brewers where he was a four-time All-Star. He has a 90-92 record with a 3.79 earned run average. "You look at him being...

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Former Brewers All-Star making a comeback

By ANDREW GRUMAN Ben Sheets is going to give baseball one more shot. After not pitching in almost two years, the former Brewers' All-Star has signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. The club announced the signing Sunday after Sheets threw a bullpen session at Turner Field in Atlanta. He will report to Double-A Mississippi and make his...
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