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getty images Gerald Laird will return to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Laird had been on the disabled list after he had a kidney stone removed. The Braves will welcome the return of their backup catcher who has a .293/.384/.400 line this season in 28 games. In order to make room for Laird on the active roster the Braves sent outfielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A Gwinnett. Cunningham collected two hits in his six at-bats during his stay on the major league roster. The Braves may also be getting closer to the return of Reed Johnson to their bench. Johnson has yet to be cleared but says his left Achillies is feeling better.

Braves Activate Laird, Option Cunningham

The Atlanta Braves continue to get healthy as they activated catcher Gerald Laird off the disabled list and optioned outfielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A Gwinnett.  Laird will be in uniform and available to play against the Marlins Sunday. Laird went on the disabled list August 3, retroactive to July 26 with a kidney stone ailment. Laird has been a solid contributor for the Braves...

Braves Jason Heyward Big at the Top

Jason Heyward is coming up big at the top For those not already aware,  Jason Heyward has recently been residing at the top of the Atlanta Braves lineup and performing at the top of his game.  The two transitions have coincided with one another.  Heyward may not physically look like the prototypical lead-off hitter, but the Atlanta Braves box scores paint a different picture....

Brian McCann Out With Sore Knee

For the second consecutive game, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann will sit out with a sore knee.  Evan Gattis will again catch and bat clean-up. According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Carroll Rogers, McCann told manager Fredi Gonzalez that he aggravated the knee catching Brandon Beachy before Friday night’s game. Rogers quoted McCann as saying: “I tried to play...

Jordan Schafer Expected Back Saturday Night

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer will be activated before Saturday night’s game, according to Dave O’Brien of the AJC. Schafer, who has been out with a stress fracture in his right ankle, has been rehabbing at Triple-A Gwinnett.  Schafer was only 2 of 32 in 8 rehab games at Gwinnett, so his timing still has not returned, even though he is ready to play physically. ...

Beachy Pitches Braves to 14th Straight Win

Beachy recorded his first win of the season Friday night The Atlanta Braves put together a big first inning as they blanked the Miami Marlins for their 14th straight win.  A stellar start from Brandon Beachy, combined with good hitting, was a recipe for success for the Braves on Friday night. Enough cannot be said about Brandon Beachy’s start on Friday night.  Especially since...

Atlanta’s Chris Johnson literally taped mouth shut to avoid getting tossed

Atlanta Braves infielder Chris Johnson was unceremoniously tossed by home plate umpire Jim Joyce for arguing a called 3rd strike on a check swing in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Marlins. Johnson lipped off to Joyce, then threw his bat and slammed down his helmet, which prompted the ump to toss the N.L.’s leading hitter. Atlanta would go on to lose to the Marlins...

Chris Johnson tapes mouth shut as peace offering with umpire

Chris Johnson of the Atlanta Braves took the comical high road as a way of avoiding a collision with authority before Sunday's game by showing umpire Jim Joyce that he was sorry for an outburst that got him ejected the night before. Johnson literally taped his mouth shut while standing in the Braves dugout, getting Joyce's attention with the help of manager Fredi Gonzalez...

Baby Mac!

Braves catcher Brian McCann enjoys some family time with his 1-year old son Colt in the dug out before playing the Marlins in a MLB baseball game on Sunday, August 11, 2013, in Atlanta. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM Braves catcher Brian McCann enjoys some family time with his wife Ashley and 1-year old son Colt before playing the Marlins in a MLB baseball game on Sunday, August...

Three Cuts: Beachy-led Braves roll to 14th straight win

ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins, clinching Atlanta's 14th straight victory. 1. The Braves might be experiencing one of the least-pressurized, big-time win streaks of the last 10 years Here's where perception trumps reality: All told, Atlanta tallied only seven hits on Friday. And yet, this game had the feel...

Braves' Brian McCann dealing with sore knee

The Atlanta Braves have given catcher Brian McCann the past two days off, allowing him to rest his sore right knee. The ailment -- which has been lingering -- flared up on Friday, and McCann has been out of the lineup since, beyond making a pinch-hit appearance on Saturday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters -- including Eric Single of -- that McCann's absence...

Braves fan falls from upper deck

There are reports that a man fell from the upper deck at Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves, Monday night. 

Braves’ Justin Upton exits with hamstring cramp

The Atlanta Braves lifted outfielder Justin Upton from yesterday’s contest against the Miami Marlins after he suffered a cramp in his left hamstring. Upton has been bothered by cramping throughout the season, but he told reporters – including Eric Single of – that the removal was more of a precautionary measure than the sign of a serious injury. Upton attempted...

Braves 9, Marlins 4

Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer and the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 9-4 on Sunday. B.J. Upton drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and Chris Johnson hit a two-run double in the four-run seventh inning that broke open a tie game. Jason Heyward had four hits, including a run-scoring single in the eighth. Evan Gattis had three, including his run-scoring double in...

Triple Play: Justin Upton, Jonathan Papelbon, Alex Rios

via In this week’s Triple Play, we look at the hottest of several scorching Braves hitters, a closer who can’t put nor shut up, the man tasked with replacing Nelson Cruz, and plus more items like our weekly Wainwright Walk Watch and the Ichiro Hit Tracker. Off we go: Who’s Hot? Justin Upton, Atlanta Welcome back, Justin. It’s been quite a while...
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