Found February 22, 2013 on Fox Sports South:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Jordan Walden isn't afraid to admit it he's still into wrestling. The Braves' reliever grew up a fan of the WWE's The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin a fellow Texas native and last season, he even entered games to Triple H's theme song, Motorheads The Game. I like to watch, Walden said. My buddies at home, we all watch it ... In the offseason I had my buddies come over and we watched The Royal Rumble. Walden may be best served getting his fill of drama from the world of pomp and spandex, because with the addition of the former All-Star closer, there figures to be very little surrounding the Braves bullpen this season. We already had one of the best bullpens in baseball and it just got better, closer Craig Kimbrel said. It's going to be fun. Behind the trio of closer Kimbrel, Eric OFlaherty and Jonny Venters, Atlanta's already had a group of relievers that ranked second in MLB last season with a 2.76 ERA trailing only the ...

2013 Braves Photo Day: Position Players

Finally, the Braves photo day pictures were posted! Here are some of the position players, pitchers in another post. :) How is this the opening mug of the album? Well, at least he got the eyebrows fixed...marginally. ;) Cuter in person. Always looks great. I like this guy much more after meeting him.   We've heard he's a goofball. I think you can tell in this picture. ...

2013 Braves Photo Day: Pitchers

Finally, the Braves photo day pictures were posted! Here are the pitchers, position players in another post. :) Going to dominate this year. ...Wait, what's that tattoo? Beachy, those curls. No. You are a grown man, and your name is not Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Sean Gilmartin looks a little goofier than usual here. He really is handsome, y'all. I like Huddy without facial hair...

10 things to glean from Braves' spring opener

Here are 10 things we blindly gleaned from listening to Braves-Tigers on the radio, as the clubs launched the official start of exhibition play on Friday. But first, a mini-rant: In this age of lightning-speed Internet and absurdly advanced technologies, you'd think Major League Baseball would allow Web consumers to purchase the closed-circuit feed of every Grapefruit and Cactus...

Atlanta Braves Top 30 Prospects: 15-11

It’s that time of the year when we take stock of the Atlanta Braves organization and analyze the top prospects. For the next few weeks, we will profile our top-30 prospect list in groups of five. Here are those who are ranked in the 11-15 range.

Braves vs Tigers: Braves Drop Spring Opener 2-1

Tim Hudson started and pitched two scoreless innings The Atlanta Braves pitchers were in mid-season form Friday afternoon, as the Braves opened their spring training season against the Detroit Tigers at Champion Stadium with seven no-hit innings.  Unfortunately, the bats were still in deep winter slumber, as the Tigers nipped the Braves, 2-1. The Braves lone run came on a solo homer...

Rock-steady Laird helping Braves in a pinch

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. As a practical matter, Gerald Laird was indirectly responsible for Moneyball, the best-selling book (and Oscar-nominated movie of the same name) chronicling the underdog story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics. Here's the scoop: Fifteen years ago and fresh out of high school (southern California), Laird subjectively had more physical upside than future luminaries...

Tim Hudson throws hitless innings in spring debut

Getty Images Spring Training statistics are hardly a good way to judge upcoming success but none-the-less everyone likes to start with a strong outing. That was just the case for Tim Hudson on Friday. As spring games opened Hudson took the mound for the Braves. A similar  situation could occur on opening day. Hudson pitched two hitless innings against Detroit. He walked a batter...

Justin Upton Almost Traded to American League Team

Justin Upton was almost traded twice before coming to the Braves The Arizona Diamondbacks apparently tried to trade Justin Upton for two and a half years, including a deal with the Mariners that Upton vetoed.  Another deal involving Upton to an American League team was close, but fell through. The deal with the Mariners reportedly included minor league shortstop Nick Franklin, pitching...

Braves vs Yankees: Game Day Updates and Chat

The Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees tangle at 1:05 today (February 23) at Champion Stadium.  Veteran left hander, Paul Maholm, will start today for the Braves.  The right handed David Phelps is the Yankees scheduled starter. The Braves pitchers scheduled to follow Maholm are:  Jordan Walden, Anthony Varvaro, Cory Rasmus, Yohan Flande, and J.R. Graham. The Braves will try...

Ernie Harwell’s “voice of the turtle” (AUDIO)

Happy first game of spring training day, everyone! The Tigers take on the Atlanta Braves in Kissimmee, Fla.  The first pitch is at 1:05 PM and the game can be heard on WXYT-FM (97.1). in Metro Detroit. The late great Ernie Harwell used to open every spring training with the following from Song of Solomon… Goosebumps.

Braves fall to Tigers as Kimbrel, Cabrera duel

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The first game of spring training can provide some unusual scenarios. Such as Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera facing Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel -- in the third inning. Coming off baseball's first Triple Crown season since 1967, Cabrera grounded out against Kimbrel before finishing his day with a drive to the warning track in center field, not a factor...
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