8/19/2014 | Fredi turning to bench players more regularly
As he has seen his pinch-hitters prove to be significantly less productive than last year, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has shouldered some of the blame, saying that he has not has gotten his bench players the consistent playing time necessary to remain prepared for pinch-hit opportunities.
8/19/2014 | Cole hoping to boost Bucs vs. surging Braves
Gerrit Cole will look to give the struggling Pirates a shot in the arm when he returns from the disabled list for Wednesday's finale vs. Alex Wood and the surging Braves at PNC Park.
8/19/2014 | Heyward's move back to leadoff paying off
Given a choice, Jason Heyward would seemingly prefer resting in the middle of the lineup. But since moving back to the leadoff spot last week, Heyward has once again provided clear indication that he is the one Braves player best suited to fill this role.
8/18/2014 | Braves ride loud opening act past Pirates
Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons led off the game with back-to-back home runs as the Braves erupted with a six-run first inning in Monday night's 7-3 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.
8/18/2014 | Russell's reversal proves baffling for opponent
Since the Braves acquired James Russell from the Cubs on July 31, it has been well documented that he is not a traditional left-handed reliever.
8/18/2014 | Braves sweep aside doubters with big weekend
Anybody who had written off the Atlanta Braves as postseason contenders had all weekend to consider a retraction.
8/17/2014 | Pirates hope to snap skid at home vs. Braves
The Pirates, who have lost five straight games, send Vance Worley to the mound against Ervin Santana and the Braves on Monday at PNC Park.
8/17/2014 | Bucs hope MVP's return turns tide vs. Braves
Reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen expects to be back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday night as the Bucs look to snap a six-game slide. Left-hander Francisco Liriano makes the start for Pittsburgh, with right-hander Aaron Harang taking the mound for the Braves, winners of four in a row.
8/17/2014 | Braves giving Gosselin time at second base
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has not said Tommy La Stella has lost his role as the club's everyday second baseman. But if actions speak louder than words, Gonzalez has at least created reason for debate by utilizing Phil Gosselin as his starting second baseman during the final two games of this weekend's series against the A's.
8/17/2014 | Fredi: Teheran's pickoff move best by righty
After seeing their players victimized by Julio Teheran's effective pickoff move this week, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and A's manager Bob Melvin both suggested that Teheran balks with his move to first base.
8/17/2014 | After rough stretch, Teheran returns to form
Coming off a frustrating three-start stretch in which he experienced tough luck and dealt with the bitterness of ugly results, Julio Teheran took the mound on Saturday night and provided another glimpse of why many believe he has already established himself as the ace of the Braves' rotation.
8/16/2014 | Braves wear throwback unis to honor 1914 champs
Freddie Freeman found himself wearing a cream-colored uniform and solid navy hat as the Braves celebrated the 100th anniversary of their 1914 World Series title by wearing throwback uniforms during Saturday night's game against the A's at Turner Field.
8/16/2014 | Venters hopes he can return to Majors this year
When Jonny Venters underwent a second Tommy John surgery, there was little reason to believe he would ever regain the dominant form he possessed in 2010 and 2011. But 15 months removed from this surgery, Venters is still holding on to the hope that he might pitch in a Major League game this year.
8/16/2014 | Southpaw showdown set between Lester, Minor
Jon Lester, who is undefeated since joining the A's, will try to propel Oakland back into sole possession of first place when he squares off against Mike Minor and the Braves on Sunday night.
8/16/2014 | Johnson's clutch singles help lift solid Teheran
Julio Teheran halted his recent woes and provided an impressive performance that was backed by a three-hit performance from Chris Johnson in Saturday night's 4-3 win over the A's at Turner Field.
8/15/2014 | Braves players take Ice Bucket Challenge
The Ice Bucket Challenge is the hottest trend around the sports and entertainment world right now ... or is it the coolest? Friday afternoon at Turner Field, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, and several of his teammates, took turns participating in the charitable pursuit, in which they get an ice-filled cooler dumped over their heads.
8/15/2014 | Call overturned after Braves challenge vs. A's
The Atlanta Braves used video review to overturn a safe call on a pickoff play and short-circuit an Oakland A's rally in the first inning Friday night.
8/15/2014 | Gosselin steps in for Simmons, hits first homer
Phil Gosselin got the start at shortstop for Atlanta on Friday night as the Braves opened their weekend series with the Oakland A's at Turner Field. The reason Gosselin got to fill in was because regular shortstop Andrelton Simmons needed some dental work and was unable to start the game.
8/15/2014 | O'Flaherty thrilled to see old Braves teammates
Craig Kimbrel, Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters gave the Braves one of the most feared bullpen trios in baseball from 2011-12. "O'Ventbrel" compiled a 1.64 ERA in 413 combined appearances in two full seasons as teammates.
8/15/2014 | J. Upton starts as hamstring shows improvement
Any worries about Justin Upton and his left hamstring were alleviated early on, as the Braves' power-hitting left fielder was in manager Fredi Gonzalez's starting lineup, batting in his usual cleanup spot for Friday night's opener against the Oakland A's.
8/15/2014 | Gray, Teheran set to square off in marquee matchup
Young stud right-handers Sonny Gray and Julio Teheran will square off at Turner Field on Saturday for the middle of three games between the A's and Braves.
8/15/2014 | Gonzalez's daily optimism turns into reality
The Braves had lost 12 of their last 15 games. The offense was the problem, not the solution. In eight of those losses, the Braves had scored two runs or less. But you wouldn't have known there was a hint of a slump by the Braves' performance with the bats Friday night. And it wasn't a question of the degree of difficulty declining. The opposition was the Oakland Athletics, owners of baseball's best record.
8/15/2014 | Braves smack four homers to cruise past A's
Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton, Evan Gattis and Phil Gosselin homered as the Braves jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. Alex Wood threw six strong innings to continue his strong second half, as the Braves buried the A's, 7-2, in the opener of their three-game weekend series.
8/14/2014 | Replay confirms that Puig is out at home plate
Crew chief Gary Cederstrom called for a review of Rule 7.13 regarding a play at the plate during which Evan Gattis tagged out Yasiel Puig on an Adrian Gonzalez double in the top of the ninth of the Dodgers' 6-4 win against the Braves on Thursday afternoon at Turner Field.
8/14/2014 | Braves fall just short after Harang struggles early
The Braves showed some life with a late offensive rally that fell just short during Thursday afternoon's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers at Turner Field.
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