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Charlotte Whips Gwinnett Braves, 6-2

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte Knights (7-3) jumped on Gwinnett Braves’ (3-7) starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang early and came away with a 6-2 win Saturday night in game two of the three-game series at BB&T Ballpark. After the G-Braves failed to score in the top of the first against Charlotte starter Erik Johnson, the Knights got on the board in the bottom half. With Neftali...
Via i70baseball
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Braves' Freeman hopes to honor late mom, play for Canada

TORONTO (AP) Freddie Freeman plans to look around downtown Toronto before the Atlanta Braves play the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Sunday afternoon. But instead of taking in the typical tourist sights, the Atlanta first baseman has just one structure on his must-see list - the building where his late mother, Rosemary, spent a lot of time. ''I'm going to walk around, see the high...
Via AP on Fox
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gwinnett Braves Open Road Trip with 7-5 Loss at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte Knights (6-3) rode an 11-hit attack to beat the Gwinnett Braves (3-6) by a 7-5 score Friday night in the opening game of the three-game series at BB&T Ballpark. The G-Braves took the early lead and then made a late push to get back in the game, but ended up losing their fourth in a row in the young International League season. In the top of the...
Via i70baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Walks Doom Gwinnett Braves in 7-6, 10-inning Loss

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Gwinnett Braves’ second baseman Jose Peraza won the battle of top prospects Thursday at Coolray Field, but the G-Braves (3-5) lost the game 7-6 to the Charlotte Knights (5-3) in 10 innings. Gwinnett led 4-2 into the eighth inning, but an error, four hits and six walks combined from four Gwinnett relievers turned the two-run lead into a three-run deficit in...
Via i70baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: Grilli Vanilli

Just hours before the first official pitch of the 2015 MLB regular season was thrown, the Braves traded reliever Craig Kimbrel to the Padres and significantly altered the fantasy values of a couple of players in the process. Joaquin Benoit's role changed from projected closer to primary setup man, and his fantasy value took an enormous hit in standard 5x5 formats. Unsurprisingly...
Via Razzball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Christian Yelich makes fantastic diving catch, Braves waste challenge

I’m trying not to rip on the 5-1 Atlanta Braves too much…but I’m really not sure what Fredi Gonzalez and his coaching staff were thinking by challenging this stunning diving catch by Christian Yelich. Yeah, it looked like the ball came out of his glove at first…but one look at the replay would have showed the Atlanta coaching staff that it was his *hat* that was on the ground...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrelton Simmons Robs Travis d’Arnaud (Again) With Nearly Identical Web Gem From Last Year

Andrelton Simmons had one of the best defensive plays of last season when he snagged a ball in the hole between shortstop and third base and managed to make an incredibly difficult off-balance throw to gun out the Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud at first base. On Friday night, d’Arnaud fell victim to Simmons’ defensive prowess and Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves off to hot 5-1 start

The Atlanta Braves entered the season with low expectations and a lot of questions. Would anybody even compete with the Nationals in the NL East? Would Atlanta be able to win games after the departures of OF Justin Upton, C Evan Gattis, OF Jason Heyward, and CL Craig Kimbrel? Nobody is giving the Braves a chance this year, nobody except themselves. The Braves will have an entirely...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Collins on Freddie Freeman

Before Friday’s game against the Braves, Mets skipper Terry Collins had this to say about Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman: That stinkin’ first baseman is dangerous. We haven’t got him out in 4 years. The 25-year-old Freeman is hitting a sporty .325/.396/.580 against Met pitching over the past three seasons. Related Posts: Atlanta Braves A look at Terry Collins...
Via Mets360.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Break Out the Brooms for Sweep of Miami Marlins

Atlanta Braves’ Jonny Gomes is congratulated after scoring against the New York Mets in the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 10, 2015, in Atlanta. The Braves won 5-3. (AP Photo/Kevin Liles) 38-year-old backup catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s first hit for his new team was a two-run homer that vaulted the Atlanta Braves to 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins and completed a...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Andrelton Simmons Steals Hit From Travis d’Arnaud

Since the end of the 2014 campaign, the Atlanta Braves have traded away key players in Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel and Evan Gattis. What they didn’t part with, however, was Andrelton Simmons—the best defensive shortstop in the MLB. And Friday night showed a perfect example of why the Braves kept him around. New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud smacked a grounder...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Andrelton Simmons Ridiculous Play Batsignal

activate the andrelton simmons ridiculous play batsignal — pete beatty (@petebeatty) April 11, 2015 Like all of us, Pete Beatty is a writer/editor formerly born — and now currently living — in Cleveland who’s also had an entire career (whilst living in New York City) in the publishing industry. What else Pete Beatty is, is […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves start season with sweep and new closer

Still reeling from the news that the Braves had traded former Rookie of the Year, perennial all-star and all-time club saves leader Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres, the Braves embarked on the first series of the season in Miami lacking some of the cohesiveness they had broke camp with. Despite the startling news to Kimbrel’s former teammates, they took to Miami with confidence...
Via BravesWire
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Embrace the New Look of the Atlanta Braves

I cannot remember an offseason quite like this past one for the Atlanta Braves. The firing of GM Frank Wren immediately after failing to reach the postseason was the first of many difficult but necessary moves for the Braves to reaffirm their strong culture of winning. During Wren’s tenure as GM, the ball club had... The post Embrace the New Look of the Atlanta Braves appeared...
Via The Garbage Time
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Take Another Step Towards Astros, Cubs

It was only at this time last year that the Atlanta Braves were gearing up for a slugfest with the Washington Nationals for the National League East title, owning one of the more formidable lineups and all-around rotations in the game. Twelve months on and things are a little different. The Braves succumbed to a measly 79-83 record, while the Nationals cruised to 96 wins and their...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Keep Building and Borrowing, Add Craig Kimbrel

Right at the deadline, A.J. Preller managed to squeeze in one more major transaction before the dawn of the regular season. We can say that, now, the Padres’ 2014-2015 offseason is complete; we can say that, now, the Padres’ 2014-2015 offseason also includes Craig Kimbrel. He will, presumably, be available to the team for Opening […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves trade Craig Kimbrel, BJ Upton to Padres

The Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres completed a blockbuster trade just hours before the official start of the 2015 MLB season. The Braves are sending All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder B.J. Upton — who now prefers to go by a different name — to San Diego in exchange for Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves trade Craig Kimbrel, B.J. Upton to Padres

You thought all of the major trades were over, huh? You thought there wouldn’t be any big names getting moved until the trade deadline, right? YOU ARE WRONG. The Atlanta Braves have traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and salary black hole Melvin Upton Jr. to the San Diego Padres for a package that includes outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin. Source: Braves have...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves make modest upgrade with Trevor Cahill

On Thursday night, the Atlanta Braves acquired Trevor Cahill and a wheelbarrow full of cash from the Diamondbacks for stalled minor leaguer Josh Elander. Atlanta will only cover roughly $5.5 million of the $12 million that Cahill is owed in 2015, and will also be on the hook for the buyout of his 2016 club option (unless of course, the Braves exercise that $13 million option for...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Trevor Cahill Did the Braves Get?

The Braves have acquired Trevor Cahill and cash for their Josh Elander, a 24-year-old former catcher that was playing outfield in High-A Lynchburg for the second time last year. So mostly this transaction is about the Braves getting a cheap starter on the cheap. The quality of that incoming pitcher, and the fit on a […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Vizcaino hit with 80-game PED suspension

Vizcaino was acquired for Tommy La Stella this winter and expected to be a prominent figure in the new Braves bullpen. Atlanta Braves’ relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was suspended Thursday for testing positive for PED use in violation of the Major League Baseball Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Vizcaino will serve an 80-game, unpaid suspension beginning with the regular...
Via BravesWire
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
24 days ago  |  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
24 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Joe West casually ejects A.J. Pierzynski mid at-bat

Maybe they were arguing about who’s more unlikable across baseball. Umpire Joe West and Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski had a little run-in Wednesday night during the Braves’ spring training game vs. the New York Yankees. West and Pierzynski’s behind-the-plate back-and-forth apparently carried on for just about an entire half inning. The catcher felt his pitcher was...
Via NESN.com
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves manager has concrete block broken on his chest

There was some Karate Kid type of stuff going on in the Atlanta Braves’ locker room recently. Manager Fredi Gonzalez likes to invite motivational speakers to spring training to give that extra edge to his players. This time around, thanks to the suggestion of Jonny Gomes, minister Donnie Moore grasped a sledgehammer and smashed a concrete block on the skipper’s chest as he...
Via Sportsnaut
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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