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ATLANTA (AP) -- Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in four runs and Gio Gonzalez scuffled for his sixth straight road victory to help the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4 Sunday in 105-degree heat.
The temperature rose four degrees from the first pitch to 105 by the middle of the eighth inning. The National Weather Service reported that Atlanta broke an all-time recorded high at 106 on Saturday.
Gonzalez (11-3) capped his second All-Star selection despite allowing five hits, four runs and four walks in five-plus innings. He struck out four and threw strikes in 64 of 114 pitches.
Washington, which has won four of five, took a 4-0 lead in the first off Tim Hudson (6-4). The NL-leading Nationals are 10-2-1 in their last 13 series matchups against the Braves.
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Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Ian Desmond are All-Stars. Bryce Harper could be too.
Go here to vote for Harper in the NL Final Vote early and often. And don't listen to Harper, who is apparently voting Chipper Jones:
"I think a Hall of Famer should be able to go to the All-Star Game his last year. If I was going to make a vote, I'd go vote for...
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...
Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in four runs and Gio Gonzalez scuffled for his sixth straight road victory to help the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4 Sunday in 105-degree heat.
The temperature rose four degrees from the first pitch to 105 by the middle of the eighth inning. The National Weather Service reported that Atlanta broke an all-time recorded high at 106...
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...
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...
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.
Three or four might be a fluke. Seven or eight might be a trend.
That's worse than a Monday Malaise.
Call it a Monday Malfunction.
It's become a curse.
No. 11 became official...
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...
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...
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, 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...
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...
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...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Mike Minor won for just the second time in 12 starts and the Atlanta Braves overcame 104-degree heat to beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Saturday.
Strasburg (9-3) left after just three innings because of weather-related issues. He didn't return to begin the fourth, tying for the shortest outing of his 33-start career.
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...