Los Angeles Dodgers are Hungry for Homeruns

Los Angeles Dodgers Andre Ethier, right, watches his home run as Atlanta Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt looks on during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Monday, May 25, 2015. AP Photo/Richard Hartog) A complete turn around had the Dodgers’ putting offensive pressure on the Atlanta Braves in the first game of the series Monday. The score was split 2-2...
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Braves’ Christian Bethancourt Waiting for Opportunity to Shine

  Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran, left, speaks with catcher Christian Bethancourt in the first inning of play against the Miami Marlins during a baseball game in Miami, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper) Christian Bethancourt has built a fair amount of buzz in prospect circles for a few years now, especially after the Atlanta Braves parted with long-time...
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Report: Braves inquire with Brewers regarding Jonathan Lucroy

The Atlanta Braves have been disappointed with the season 23-year-old catcher Christian Bethancourt has put up, both offensively and defensively, as he has hit .190 with zero home runs and five RBI. Bathancourt’s slow start has the Braves searching for a catcher on the trade market and they recently called a team regarding the availability of one of the games top catchers.Jon Heyman...
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Pierzynski’s hot start leaves Bethancourt looking for playing time

Atlanta Braves’ A.J. Pierzynski (15) is forced out at second base by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) on an Alberto Callaspo ground ball in the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) The Braves are in need of offense. After the offseason roster overhaul, Atlanta wasn’t expected to be a contender in the National...
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Trade Speculation Surrounds Phillies’ Chase Utley

Second baseman Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies is tagged out at home by catcher Christian Bethancourt #25 of the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the fourth inning on September 27, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Braves defeated the Phillies 4-2. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Though the Philadelphia Phillies have played only two...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins fall behind early in 1st, can't catch up to Braves

MIAMI (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves scored seven runs in the first inning off Mat Latos and beat the Miami Marlins for the second day in a row to start the season, 12-2 on Tuesday night. Latos, acquired in the offseason, lasted only two-thirds of an inning in the shortest outing of his career. He was booed as he left the game, his first for his hometown team, and departed with an ERA...
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April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Burning questions for Braves at catcher in 2015

When the lid was finally place on the 2014 season, one of the more popular questions surround the Atlanta Braves was focused on the backstop. It was a problem of riches at a position. How were the Braves going to handle two starting catchers on the same roster? The Braves put an end to the creation of numerous plans for finding playing time for both Evan Gattis and Christian Bethancourt...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Pierzynski brings old fire to new role as mentor with Braves

ATLANTA -- Over the last 14 years, A.J. Pierzynski has played in no fewer than 102 games, the most of any catcher in that span. Joining the Braves on a one-year, $2 million deal that was finalized Wednesday, all but cemented that will come to an end. But he knows exactly what he's getting into. Atlanta already has its backstop of the present and the future in Christian Bethancourt...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Pierzynski: 'If you need me to fight the guy, I'll fight the guy'

Veteran catcher and ruffian A.J. Pierzynski knows his role. At least he knows the role that he plays best: the masked villain. The 38-year-old, who recently signed with the Atlanta Braves and will help mentor young catcher Christian Bethancourt, had this to say about his desire to help his new squad: "I'll do whatever it takes to help my team win," Pierzynski said. "If you need...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Source: Braves, catcher A.J. Pierzynski agree to 1-year deal

ATLANTA -- A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal would not become official until after Pierzynski successfully completes a physical exam, scheduled for this week. The 38-year-old Pierzynski...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

AP source: Braves, Pierzynski agree to 1-year deal

ATLANTA (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal would not become official until after Pierzynski successfully completes a physical exam, scheduled for this week. The 38-year-old Pierzynski...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves sign A.J. Pierzynski to one-year deal

Getty Images The Braves have signed A.J. Pierzynski to be the backup for Christian Bethancourt for the 2015 season. Much of the offseason the Braves have sought a veteran to share time and teach the ropes to the 23-year-old. Pierzynski, 37, hit .251/.288/.337 in 362 plate appearances this past season between the Red Sox and Cardinals. The #Braves and A.J. Pierzynski have reached...
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Pierzynski among catching options for Braves

Getty Images Earlier today news broke that the Braves were considering a contract offer to David Ross. He is apparently not the only veteran that the team is considering as a mentor for Christian Bethancourt. Enter A.J. Pierzynski – yes, you know him. The Braves are looking for someone to pair up behind the plate with Bethncourt and the 37-year-old who split time between the Red...
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves swept, mathematically eliminated from postseason

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves dropped Sunday's game to the New York Mets, 10-2, and only belted out four hits along the way. The loss completed the three-game sweep at the hands of the Mets, and gave New York the season series win as the Braves only won nine of 19 games against the divisonal foe. In addition to the pain of losing and the sweep, Sunday's loss by the Braves, combined...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets-Braves Preview

While the Atlanta Braves picked up a rare win last time out, it's likely too little, too late. The Braves try to win two in a row for the first time in September on Friday night in the first of three against the visiting New York Mets. Atlanta (76-76) scored only eight runs during a five-game losing streak before beating NL East champion Washington 3-1 on Wednesday despite being...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves get much-needed win in Nationals series finale

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves' slump is far from over, but a three-run outburst in the sixth inning was all starter Alex Wood and his bullpen needed on Wednesday night, taking down the Washington Nationals 3-1 in the series finale. It was Atlanta's first win in six games, halting a slide that has buried them in the National League wildcard race. Here are three observations from the...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves beat Nationals 3-1 to snap 5-game skid

ATLANTA (AP) Christian Bethancourt had a three-run single to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Wednesday night and preserve their fading playoff hopes. The Braves, who snapped a five-game losing streak, began the day 5 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh for the second NL wild card. Stephen Souza Jr. hit his first career homer for the Nationals. Washington manager...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Update: Evan Gattis out for weekend

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis will not be available for the weekend series with the Texas Rangers, reports Christian Corona of Gattis is dealing with strep throat and has not played since Sunday. Atlanta lost 2-1 to the Rangers on Friday, putting them three games back in the race for an NL Wild Card with 15 games remaining. Christian Bethancourt is behind the plate...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Caray: Should Braves play Bethancourt and Gattis together? checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to discuss the latest surrounding the Braves. FOXSPORTSSOUTH.COM: Christian Bethancourt has rejoined the major league roster and is hitting well. With the injury to Justin Upton, and the need to have as many hot bats as possible in the lineup, could this mean we see Evan Gattis in left field to maximize offense at...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves snap offensive slump with win over Phillies

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves offensive drought ended in a hurry on Wednesday afternoon, wrapping up a six-game homestand with a 7-4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies. Here are three observations from the game: 1. Braves patchwork lineup delivers runs -- yes, runs -- with mixture of small ball and long ball Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was searching for lineup answers. He found...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves end 25-inning scoreless streak in victory over Phillies

  Rookie Christian Bethancourt had three hits in his return to the major leagues, including a fifth-inning single that helped the Atlanta Braves break out of their scoring slump in a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer in a three-run second as the Braves ended a 25-inning scoreless streak. Bethancourt, a catcher recalled from Triple...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves call up five, including Bethancourt

ATLANTA -- With the calendar flipping from August to September comes the ability for teams to expand their rosters from 25 up to 40 (if they wish), and the Braves added a number of familiar faces Monday. Outfielders Jose Constanza and Joey Terdoslavich, right-handed reliever Juan Jaime and lefty Chasen Shreve were added from Triple-A Gwinnett, with prized catching prospect Christian...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves open second half with win over Phillies

ATLANTA -- In its first game out of the All-Star break, the Atlanta Braves offense found ways to do what it struggled so often with in the first half of the season: putting runs on the board. In a 6-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field, the Braves capitalized in a number of ways against starter A.J. Burnett, including five two-out RBI. Here are three observations...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor Accomplishments: The Futures Game Edition

Another week completed, another step closer to excitement for prospect-watchers waiting impatiently for the next round of call-ups, and the ultimate "Christmas In July" for prospect-hounds across the globe as we get to spend the day with the ultimate showcase - the Futures Game. In honor of this great event, this week's Minor Accomplishments Sunday Twelve-Pack will include several...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Despite hot streak, questions facing Braves offense remain

The extent of Braves catcher Evan Gattis' recent injury, and the amount of time he could miss because of it, is still unclear. On Monday night, following the team's 5-3 win against the New York Mets, Gattis said that he does not expect to miss much time with the bulging thoracic disc. However, there is no timetable. Whether Gattis misses the required two weeks after being placed...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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