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Simmons homer leads rally in Braves' 5-2 win over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Andrelton Simmons led off the seventh inning with a homer, sparking a rally that helped the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Saturday night. The Braves scored three runs in the seventh and chased David Buchanan (0-4) while snapping a four-game losing streak. Chris Johnson had an RBI single and Eric Young Jr. delivered a go-ahead double that...
Via AP on Fox
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Johnson has 3 hits to help Braves beat Pirates 7-5

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run that ended Wandy Rodriguez's scoreless streak at 12 innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 Thursday. Chris Johnson had three hits, including a two-run homer that capped a five-run first inning against Vance Worley, a drive just fair down the left-field line. After the Pirates tied the score...
Via AP on Fox
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Springtime surprises for revamped Braves

When the Atlanta Braves arrived at Champion Stadium this spring, nobody in baseball knew what to expect of the revamped, ragtag group of players assembled by the team’s front office in the offseason. In fact, many of the players themselves didn’t know what to expect, but were excited about the talent and youth coming together. The team looked so different that Craig Kimbrel had...
Via BravesWire
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

How Did They Get Here?: The Atlanta Braves

Last week, I wrote an article about how the Detroit Tigers are coming to the end of their renaissance period, and may experience a bit of a free fall after the 2015 season. As I explained this, I compared the Detroit Tigers to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. Seeing how the Phillies went from a 102 win team to a NL East bottom feeder in only 4 seasons, I decided to examine the...
Via Batting Leadoff
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves' Johnson focused on recapturing '13 magic with new hitting coach

ATLANTA -- He's been a supposed trade throw-in, a surprise batting-title contender and, most recently, one of the biggest reasons for an offense's slide. Who is Chris Johnson? Ultimately, the Braves are still trying to figure that out. The third baseman stood at his locker in Turner Field before hitting the batting cage for some pre-spring training work. He surveyed all that has...
Via Fox Sports South
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Braves bring back Kelly Johnson six years later

Add another name to the Braves' string of offseason maneuvers, and this one is a blast from the past. According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, Atlanta has agreed to a minor league deal with Kelly Johnson on Wednesday, a pact, which includes an invitation to spring training. Johnson, who was a first-round pick of the Braves in 2000 and broke into the majors with the team from 2005-09,...
Via Fox Sports South
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Braves bring back Kelly Johnson six years later

Add another name to the Braves' string of offseason maneuvers, and this one is a blast from the past. According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, Atlanta has agreed to a minor league deal with Kelly Johnson on Wednesday, a pact, which includes an invitation to spring training. Johnson, who was a first-round pick of the Braves in 2000 and broke into the majors with the team from 2005-09,...
Via Fox Sports South
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the National League East Third Basemen

Unlike other spots around the diamond, I’m not expecting to see any further change in the East between now and Opening Day. So how do the National League East Third Basemen rank? Let’s take a look and let the debate begin… 1. David Wright (Mets) – This one may very well be a homer call given who’s occupying the number two spot, but I’m still calling David Wright the...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

New Year's resolutions for Braves

Per legend -- or Wikipedia, to be more forthcoming as to this scribe's research tactics -- ancient Babylonians used to make promises to their gods at the start of the year to make amends for their wrongdoings. Now we're all stuck vowing to lose weight, save money and volunteer in making New Year's resolutions and MLB teams aren't immune to the annual call for rebirth. After a season...
Via Fox Sports South
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants remain interested in third baseman Chris Johnson

The Braves continue to reshuffle their roster in order to clear payroll space and look towards the 2016 season. After the trade of Justin Upton to the Padres the biggest question about the Braves remains whether or not Chris Johnson will be on the team as their third baseman. Earlier this offseason there were rumors that the Braves were trying to include Johnson in a trade for Upton...
Via Tireball.com
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Rumors: Braves may deal Chris Johnson with Justin Upton

In Justin Upton, the Atlanta Braves have one of the premier bats on the trading block.  He is a superstar who could bring in a lot were he to be dealt.  After spending weeks trying to package his younger brother B.J. in a trade, Bob Nightengale is reporting that they are now set to offer Chris Johnson in were they to make a deal. #454537082 / gettyimages.com The #Braves now...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Short Hops: Braves third base 2014 review, preview for 2015

FOXSportsSouth.com's team of Braves writers are hearkening back to 2014, position by position, and breaking down what we know heading into the upcoming Winter Meetings (Dec. 7-11 in San Diego). Here's a look at third base: 1: Citing the Braves' current 40-man roster, it represents the lone player to log at least 10 major-league games at third base. That distinction obviously goes...
Via Fox Sports South
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Atlanta Braves blow it all up?

One of the more interesting storylines coming out of the GM meetings in Arizona this week is the Atlanta Braves and the seemingly inevitable need to blow up everything the organization has built up in recent years. And while the possibility of a full-blown rebuild is daunting, and something the Braves haven’t truly taken on in a good 25 years (failure to compete in the late-2000s...
Via The Outside Corner
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Braves want a platoon partner for Chris Johnson

In addition to the seemingly 800 things that the Atlanta Braves need to do this offseason, the club is reportedly looking for a left-handed platoon partner for third baseman Chris Johnson, whose three-year contract extension starts in 2015. #Braves want to add a LH hitter who could possibly platoon with 3B Chris Johnson — David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) November 11, 2014 Johnson...
Via Bloguin Best
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The Braves want a platoon partner for Chris Johnson

In addition to the seemingly 800 things that the Atlanta Braves need to do this offseason, the club is reportedly looking for a left-handed platoon partner for third baseman Chris Johnson, whose three-year contract extension starts in 2015. #Braves want to add a LH hitter who could possibly platoon with 3B Chris Johnson — David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) November 11, 2014 Johnson...
Via The Outside Corner
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves begin offseason amidst change

On August 1st, the Braves were 6 games over .500 and had lost in spectacular fashion to the offense-challenged San Diego Padres on a night that the team once again trotted out the struggling Mike Minor amid the worry that his downhill slide could be costly to Atlanta down the stretch. As it would turn out, Mike Minor was only one part of the behemoth that kept the Braves out of the...
Via BravesWire
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Update: Chris Johnson leaves with back strain

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson made an early exit during Wednesday's win, with the team announcing that a lower back strain was the reason for Johnson's removal:3B Chris Johnson left tonight's game with a lower back strain. He is day-to-day.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 25, 2014Johnson came out of the game before the top of the sixth, with Phil Gosselin replacing...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Atlanta Braves

It wasn’t supposed to go this way for the Atlanta Braves. In 2013, the Braves won 96 games en route to a National League East title before getting dispatched in the NLDS by the Dodgers. After another hot start to the 2014 season, the Braves quickly fell off and simply began to tread water over the next four months of the season before the bottom completely fell out and sunk the...
Via Bloguin Best
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Is it time for the Atlanta Braves to clean house?

To say this was a disappointing season for the Atlanta Braves would be an understatement. After surprising the league, overtaking the Washington Nationals last year, and starting this year as the youngest team in baseball, things were looking up for the Braves despite the national media’s love affair with the Nationals. Most picked the Nationals to win the division, and obviously...
Via Bloguin Best
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks fire general manager Kevin Towers

His team’s awful play finally caught up with Kevin Towers, who was relieved of his job as the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Tony La Russa, the franchise’s chief baseball officer, delivered the long-expected news in a statement Friday morning, as the D-backs currently boast a record of 59-81, the third-worst mark in baseball. Towers led the Diamondbacks...
Via Rumors and Rants
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Friday, Aug 22

In an annoyingly short slate of late games to choose from, somehow my super-stack of Braves set itself somewhat apart. Freddie Freeman, Phil Gosselin, Chris Johnson, and Justin Upton scored 9+ points apiece, and Evan Gattis and B.J. Upton chipped in another 10. Matt Shoemaker was the story, though, pitching a one-hitter against Boston the day after the lost Garrett Richards for 6...
Via Baseball Professor
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Teheran, Johnson carry Braves over struggling A's

  The Braves are trying to use a visit from Oakland, who came to Atlanta with the majors' best record, to prove they shouldn't be dismissed in the NL playoff hunt. Chris Johnson drove in two runs with three hits, Julio Teheran threw six strong innings and the Braves edged the suddenly struggling Athletics 4-3 on Saturday night. "We're not giving up. We're not going to crumble,"...
Via AP on Fox
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Timely hitting helps Braves notch series win over A's

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves celebrated their 100th anniversary of the 1914 "Miracle Braves" World Series win over the Athletics on Saturday night by guaranteeing themselves a series win over that very same franchise, one of the preeminent World Series favorites. The A's owned the most wins in baseball entering the interleague series in Atlanta, but with the Braves, who had lost...
Via Fox Sports South
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnson, Teheran, Braves hand A's 4th loss in row

ATLANTA (AP) Chris Johnson drove in two runs with three hits, Julio Teheran threw six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves edged the suddenly struggling Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Saturday night. The A's, who began the day with the best record in the majors, matched their worst skid of the season by losing four in a row. They've dropped six of seven overall. Teheran (11-9) gave up...
Via AP on Fox
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves yield 20 hits in blowout loss to Padres

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 10-1 loss to the Padres -- a desultory defeat that extended Atlanta's woeful West Coast skid to four games: 1. From any angle, the Braves didn't deserve to win this one Over the course of a marathon-like season, some games are preternaturally doomed before things even begin. For Atlanta ... this was one of those dark and helpless...
Via Fox Sports South
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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