Speedy Eric Young Jr. quickly grabs this chance with Braves

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Eric Young Jr. reported to spring training with the Atlanta Braves on a minor league deal, simply hoping to make an impression. Now with opening day less than a week away and starting center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. likely out until mid-May because of a foot problem, Young finds himself as the odds-on favorite to be playing there a lot. One major drawback for...
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Freddy Garcia, Dodgers agree on minor-league deal

Per Ken Gurnick of, the Los Angeles Dodgers and veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia have agreed to a minor-league contract. Dodgers sign RHP Freddy Garcia to Minor League deal. — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 31, 2015 Garcia, 38, last pitched in the majors in 2012 for the New York Yankees. He posted a dismal 5.20 ERA over the course of 107.1 innings pitched. He spent...
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Simon allows one run in six innings as Tigers lose to Braves

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Alfredo Simon allowed one run over six innings for his best start of spring training in the Detroit Tigers' 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Acquired from Cincinnati after going 15-10 last season, Simon gave up five hits, walked three and struck out two. He lowered his ERA to 5.56. Yoenis Cespedes had two hits, including his fifth home run. Ian Kinsler also...
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Simon allows 1 run in 6 innings as Tigers lose to Braves 4-2

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Alfredo Simon allowed one run over six innings for his best start of spring training in the Detroit Tigers' 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Acquired from Cincinnati after going 15-10 last season, Simon gave up five hits, walked three and struck out two. He lowered his ERA to 5.56. Yoenis Cespedes had two hits, including his fifth home run. Ian Kinsler also had...
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Braves cut 2 more relievers, a week before opener

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) The Atlanta Braves have sent right-handers Arodys Vizcaino and Michael Kohn to the minors, trimming two more pitchers expected to contend for spots in the bullpen. The Braves announced Monday that Vizcaino was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and Kohn was reassigned to their minor league camp. The moves were made one day after the team released left-handed reliever...
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Miller solidifies Braves' spot in 4-2 loss to Pirates

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Shelby Miller allowed one hit in six innings, solidifying a spot in Atlanta's rotation as the Braves lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 Sunday. Jung Ho Kang hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth off Michael Kohn and drove in three runs. Acquired from St. Louis during the offseason for Jason Heyward, Miller gave one run, on Pedro Florimon's third-inning...
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Left-hander James Russell released by Atlanta Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Left-hander James Russell has been released by the Atlanta Braves. Acquired last season at the trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs, the 29-year-old reliever avoided arbitration during the offseason by agreeing to a one-year deal for $2,425,000 that was not guaranteed. Instead of his salary, he receives $596,311, which is 45 days termination pay. Russell had...
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2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Atlanta Braves Team Preview

View image | Entering last year, the Braves roster was full of impact fantasy players. With two corner outfielders that had 20-20 potential, one of the best power hitting catchers in the game, a solid and reliable first baseman, the best closer in the game, and a shortstop coming off of a 17 home run season, the Braves had many attractive fantasy assets. Fast forward...
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Teheran labors into the sixth, Braves beat Buchholz, Boston

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Julio Teheran labored through 5 2-3 innings, allowing only two runs, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Clay Buchholz for 12 hits and four runs in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday in a game called in the top of the seventh inning because of rain. Teheran, who is expected to be the Braves' opening-day starter for the second straight year, has struggled...
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Julio Teheran named Braves Opening Day starter

When the Atlanta Braves take the field on April 6 in Miami they will do so with Julio Teheran on the mound. Teheran, 24, is coming off a fine 2014 season in which he posted a 2.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a 186/51 K/BB ratio across 221 innings. The Braves are not expected to be competitive this season but Teheran should offer them a chance to win while he is on the hill.
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Braves option OF Perez, 2 young pitchers to Triple A

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) The Atlanta Braves have optioned outfielder Eury Perez and two other players to Triple-A Gwinnett. After being acquired off waivers from the New York Yankees, the speedy Perez was thought to have a shot at contending for playing time in center field. But even after an injury kept Melvin Upton Jr. out for all of spring training, the 24-year-old Perez didn't do...
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Long a contender, Braves turn to rebuilding after 2014 flop

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves usually start the season touted as playoff contenders. Not this time. For one of the few times in the last two-plus decades, not much is expected of a team that collapsed late last season, fired general manager Frank Wren and underwent a massive overhaul during the offseason. The Braves dealt away sluggers Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis...
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Ex-Mets Catcher John Buck Announces Retirement

Braves catcher and ex-Met John Buck announced his retirement on Thursday, so he can spend more time with his family, the Braves announced. The one-time All Star had spent 11 years in the Major Leagues, playing for the Royals, Marlins, Mets, Angels, Pirates, Mariners and Blue Jays. He had signed this season with the Braves and was hitting .320 in the spring before the announcement...
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The Chipper Jones-Taylor Higgins Wedding Registry…Yes, I Bought Them A Gift

  I remember the day in December 2012 when I broke the news that Chipper Jones was dating Playboy model Taylor Higgins, who went by Lexi Ray as a nude model name. It was a perfect storm scenario. Chip’s MLB career had just ended and he was starting his retirement life — at 40 — like many of us would die for. He made $168,552,133 during his MLB career (yes, there were a...
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Buck announces retirement, ending bid to make Braves roster

ATLANTA (AP) John Buck, an 11-year major league veteran who was attempting to land a job with the Atlanta Braves as a backup catcher, has retired. The 34-year-old, an All-Star in 2010 with Toronto, hit 134 home runs with seven big league teams. He hit .225 in 32 games with Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels last year after playing for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh in 2013. He...
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The top 100 players in baseball: 50-26

As the countdown of the top 100 players in baseball for 2015 turns the corner into its top 50 today, the margin of difference between its ranks gets tighter. Yet..... The post The Top 100 Players In Baseball Of 2015: #50-26 appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
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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...
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Opening Day Preview: Atlanta Braves

ATLANTA BRAVES 2015 PREVIEW The 2015 Atlanta Braves find themselves in a position that they haven’t been in since the early 1990s. The Frank Wren Era is over and John Hart has already made his imprint on the organization. Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis, Justin Upton, Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang are amongst more than a dozen 2014 Braves who have found new homes. Unfortunately for...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Gameday: Phillies (10-10) at Braves (9-12)

Atlanta Braves (9-12) vs Philadelphia Phillies (10-10)  Starting Pitchers:PHI: Servino Gonzalez vs.NYY: Mike Foltynewicz Time: 1:05 EST, Champion StadiumTV: ESPNWeather: Cloudy with possible rain, 69Media: Twitter and Facebook Lineup: Danks, CF / Blanco, SS / Phelps, 3B / Howard, 1B / Ruf, LF / Nelson, 2B / Bogusevic, RF / Rupp, C / Gonzalez, P  
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Nick Markakis makes Braves debut, gets 2 hits against Astros

  Nick Markakis finally got in a game for the Atlanta Braves, getting two hits Monday in a 14-10 win over the Houston Astros. ''You couldn't have scripted it any better,'' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''We got him his three at-bats, got him four innings. He ran the bases, and we got him out of there.'' Markakis had neck surgery in December after nine seasons with Baltimore...
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Markakis makes debut, gets 2 hits as Braves top Astros 14-10

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Nick Markakis had two hits in his spring training debut with the Atlanta Braves, a 14-10 win Monday over the Houston Astros 14-10. An outfielder recovering from December neck surgery after nine seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Markakis led off the third inning with a double off Scott Feldman and singled in the fourth. Former-Brave Evan Gattis hit his first...
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Braves 1st Baseman Complets Crazy Unassisted Double Play

Atlanta's Joey Terdoslavich completed the unassisted double play in a crazy way Saturday against St. Louis.
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Stults, Johnson lead Braves over Nationals 5-2

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Eric Stults gave up two runs and five hits in five innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 Saturday in a game between split squads. Stults, making a bid to become the Braves' fifth starter, allowed three hits and two runs in the third inning. Jonny Gomes hit a two-run single in the fourth inning for Atlanta to tie it at 2. Washington...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NL East Spring Training Preview

Can the Braves please trade Craig Kimbrel?  This isn't a fantasy question, it's a real question.  What need does a team, who is obviously rebuilding for 2017, have for the best closer in baseball?  Plus, closers are the most overvalued position in sports. Rant over, sorry.  Okay, let's get to some fantasy baseball...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Gomes, Johnson lift Braves over Marlins 6-3

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Johnny Gomes drove in two runs and Kelly Johnson went 2 for 2, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Miami Marlins 6-3 Thursday. Braves starter Manny Banuelos allowed one run and three hits in two innings for the Braves. He's a candidate for the final spot in the Braves rotation but has a 17.18 ERA in three appearances. Tom Koehler, 10-10 for the Marlins last...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss
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