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Catching options bring intrigue to D-backs' spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves in a common corner for a team dealing with roster turnover. Change causes chemistry issues, and nowhere is that more concerning than between pitchers and catchers. Arizona shipped away cornerstone catcher Miguel Montero during the winter and did not make a major acquisition to replace him. The D-backs' relatively young...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Veteran catcher Laird gets minor-league deal with D-backs

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks have signed veteran catcher Gerald Laird to a minor-league contract, and he'll be in the mix for a catching spot on the major-league roster. Laird, 35, a Valley resident, has 12 years of major league experience and has played for four teams. He hit .204 with no home runs and 10 RBI in 53 games for Atlanta last season, his second with the Braves. The D...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
25 days ago  |  Discuss

D-Backs agree to minor league deal with catcher Laird

PHOENIX (AP) Veteran catcher Gerald Laird has agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Laird will compete for playing time with a team that has a severe shortage at the position after trading Miguel Montero to the Chicago White Sox. Tuffy Gosewisch, last year's backup, appears to be the front-runner for the everyday catcher's job. The 35-year-old Laird played...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito to throw for teams, John Axford and Gerald Laird sign

Former Cy Young winner Barry Zito will throw for a group of Major League clubs on Tuesday reports ESPN’s Jim Bowden. Zito sat out the entire 2014 season after finishing 2013 with a 5.74 ERA in 133 1/3 innings of work. Set to be 37 in May, it is unclear how much Zito could offer to any club. He figures to generate some interest but will surely have to accept an incentive laden...
Via Tireball.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Gerald Laird To Minor-League Deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks have reached an agreement with veteran catcher Gerald Laird on a minor-league deal, including an invitation to big league spring training, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Free agent catcher Gerald Laird is signing a minor league deal with the #dbacks, source says. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) February 2, 2015 The 35-year-old backstop made his...
Via Baseball Essential
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Feeble offense likely costs Braves a playoff spot

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves watched another team celebrate at Turner Field. Barring a remarkable turnaround, they'll be watching the postseason at home. After spending a good part of the year in or near first place in the NL East, the Braves faded from contention with a dismal showing since the All-Star break. It looks like they'll miss the playoffs for only the seventh time...
Via AP on Fox
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 125: Braves 7 Pirates 3

The most important Pirate game of the year was over before it even started. Jason Heyward hit the first pitch out of the park. Andrelton Simmons hit the sixth pitch out of the park. Chris Johnson singled in a third run on the 15th pitch. Gerald Laird singled in a fourth run on the 24th pitch. Ervin Santana hit into what could’ve been a really nice 6-4-3 double play on the 33rd...
Via WHYGAVS?
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves cap Hall of Fame day with win over Padres

ATLANTA -- Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 8-3 romp of the Padres on Sunday -- a late-afternoon start which allowed the Turner Field faithful (31,456) to also watch the Hall of Fame ceremonies, principally starring Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and longtime skipper Bobby Cox: 1. Leave it to the surging Gerald Laird to kick-start the Braves' monstrous inning The Atlanta...
Via Fox Sports South
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Recent Head Injuries Bring Attention to Hazards Faced by MLB Catchers

It has been a difficult spring for Oakland A’s catcher Derek Norris. The current leader among American League catchers in All-Star balloting is also the unofficial leader in hits received to the head from opposing batters this season. Norris’ most recent run-in with an opposing hitter’s backswing came on Sunday afternoon when Jonathan Herrera of the Boston Red Sox caught him...
Via i70baseball
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves sweep Phils, back to the Ted for Mets

Going into Philadelphia, the Braves knew that the rival Nationals had dropped 3 straight games and opened the door to put Atlanta back within a half game of the National League East lead. By the end of the 4-game weekend series, the Braves had a half game lead in the division. For a team that squandered the opportunity to retake the division lead when they visited the Nationals in...
Via BravesWire
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Masset suspended three games for bean-ball

Coming in the wake of some on the field drama late last week, Colorado Rockies reliever Nick Masset has been suspended by Major League Baseball for three games, pending an appeal, after hitting Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis. #Rockies P Nick Masset suspended 3 games & fined for intentionally throwing at Evan Gattis with a warning in place on Thurs — MLB Public Relations...
Via Mile High Sports
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

By the Numbers: Angels vs Braves 6/15/14

Game 68 of 162Turner Field: Atlanta, GA, 5:00 PM PSTTV: ESPN Sunday Night BaseballPitching MatchupLAA – LHP Hecto Santiago (0-6, 4.15 ERA) vsATL – LHP Mike Minor (2-4, 4.31 ERA)Interesting/Notable Stats and FactsAfter the Angels 13 inning win yesterday, they are 4-3 in extra inning games in 2014.The Angels are 2-3 on Father’s Day since 2009. Four of those five games have...
Via In The Neutral Zone
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies get agressive in the face of adversity

Baseball fans will forgive quite a lot of losing. We need look no further than the packed party deck at Coors Field to figure that out. What fans can’t forgive, however, is lack of passion. People who toil away at nine-to-fives can’t stand to see their favorite athletes shrug off a losing streak or a slight to the team’s, and therefore the fan’s, honor. SERIES RECAP: Rockies...
Via Mile High Sports
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves and Rockies demonstrate just how silly baseball justice can be

Is there such a thing as an accident in MLB anymore? If a hitter’s bat happens to strike a catcher on the backswing, is it now automatically assumed that it was done intentionally? Does the incident call for swift retaliation by the hitter getting plunked by a pitch immediately thereafter? I get baseball’s method of meting out justice. Throwing at batters has always been a part...
Via The Outside Corner
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves and Rockies demonstrate just how silly baseball justice can be

Is there such a thing as an accident in MLB anymore? If a hitter’s bat happens to strike a catcher on the backswing, is it now automatically assumed that it was done intentionally? Does the incident call for swift retaliation by the hitter getting plunked by a pitch immediately thereafter? I get baseball’s method of meting out justice. Throwing at batters has always been a part...
Via Bloguin Best
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Injury Update: Gerald Laird passes concussion test

Atlanta Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird was forced to leave Thursday's 10-3 loss against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning after being hit in the head by Corey Dickerson's backswing, having been hit by Dickerson's foul tip earlier in the at-bat (video here and below). Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Laird passed preliminary concussion tests, but will undergo further...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Martin Prado’s beautiful diving stop against the Braves

Your browser does not support iframes. The video above shows just how talented Martin Prado truly is as he has made plays like this look so easy throughout his entire career. Prado made a diving stop down the third-base line to rob Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird of extra bases, and kept the game tied at one as Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was on first. The Dbacks have been playing...
Via Phoenix Sports-Kings
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cardinals Clubhouse: “More Quiet Than Kutis Funeral Homes”

St. Louis is a nice town. Even more so when it comes to the sporting media. Players don’t ‘flop’, they ‘disappoint’. Managers or coaches don’t ‘wilt under pressure’ they ‘error in judgement’. Owners aren’t ‘cultivating a systemic culture of losing’ they’re ‘mercurial’. That’s fine. Not every town needs to have screaming back-page tabloids. And when...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves at Marlins game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida Time: Pregame coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. When the Miami Marlins entered their series with the Atlanta, they looked forward to a chance to surpass their divisional foe for first place. But they've squandered that opportunity with back-to-back home losses to the Braves. However, considering Sunday's pitching matchup, the Marlins have to like their chances...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pitching, defense hurt Marlins in loss to Braves

MIAMI -- Home sweet home. That's how the saying went for the first nine series of the 2014 season for the Miami Marlins. Once a place for a sure win, the Marlins dropped their second straight to the Atlanta Braves in a 9-5 defeat Saturday night at Marlins Park. Miami (28-27) has lost four of five home games and consecutive series in South Florida after setting a franchise record...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Caray: Thoughts on La Stella, Laird's importance, state of NL East

FOXSportsSouth.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to discuss the latest surrounding the Braves. FOXSPORTSOUTH.COM: Fans had been clamoring for the debut of Tommy La Stella and he looks as advertised, with the plate discipline he displayed in the minors. Can he be that consistent bat the team has needed at second base? CHIP CARAY: I think we should put him in the...
Via Fox Sports South
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes’ Diving Catch Helps Preserve Red Sox Win In Atlanta (Video)

Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes isn’t known for his defense, but he has a knack for making a big play time to time. He picked a great time to do so on Tuesday night in Atlanta. The Red Sox completed a short two-game sweep of the Braves at Turner Field, and Gomes’ defense was a big reason. The Sox were leading 6-3 in the eighth inning with a man on base when Gerald Laird...
Via NESN.com
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves bottle up Rockies; Johnson apologizes after tantrum

ATLANTA -- The Rockies and baseball's highest-scoring offense headed into Turner Field having scored over five runs a game, nearly two more than the Braves. The question of whether Atlanta could keep pace was a non-issue in Friday's opener of the three-game series, as the Braves rode Gavin Floyd's steady outing and the timely hitting of Gerald Laird to a 3-2 victory. Here are three...
Via Fox Sports South
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies drop tight one in series opener

Atlanta 3, Colorado 2 When: 7:35 PM ET, Friday, May 23, 2014 Where: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia Temperature: 85° Umpires: Home – Kerwin Danley, 1B – Lance Barksdale, 2B – Mark Ripperger, 3B – Gary Cederstrom Attendance: 25646 By SportsDirect Inc. Braves 3, Rockies 2: Gerald Laird drove home the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single as host Atlanta won the series...
Via Mile High Sports
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers bullpen collapses in 5-4 loss to Braves

ATLANTA (AP) -- Ryan Doumit's pinch-hit single brought home two runs, capping a three-run seventh inning that carried the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night. The Braves trailed 4-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth. B.J. Upton hit a two-out homer, barely clearing the right-field wall, and the Braves rallied for the win the next inning. Gerald...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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