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7/12/2014 | Johnson powers Braves' rout with pair of homers

Chris Johnson had a pair of two-run home runs and the Braves busted out of a recent offensive funk with a power surge in a 11-6 victory over the Cubs on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

7/12/2014 | Bethancourt successful staying true to approach

When starting catcher Evan Gattis was injured late in June, the Braves called up Christian Bethancourt, hoping the rookie could provide steady defense behind the dish and sprinkle in a hit now and then.

7/12/2014 | Gattis' first workout encouraging

The update the Braves received on catcher Evan Gattis following Friday's workout was encouraging. Gattis (bulging disk in lower back) did more than expected at the organization's Class A affiliate in Rome, Ga.

7/12/2014 | Cubs, Braves eye series win to close out first half

The Braves broke out for 11 runs on Saturday to thwart the Cubs' chances of a sweep this weekend, but the Cubs could still secure a series victory in the finale on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Chicago will call on Travis Wood, while Atlanta, looking to close out the first half on top of the NL East, will look to All-Star Julio Teheran.

7/11/2014 | Braves rally back in ninth, but Cubs walk off

The Braves battled back to tie the score with two outs in the top of the ninth, but then surrendered a two-out run in the bottom of the inning in a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

7/11/2014 | Gattis cleared for baseball activities

Catcher Evan Gattis (bulging disk in lower back) was cleared on Thursday to begin some light activity, and he spent Friday at the Braves' Class A affiliate in Rome, Ga., about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta.

7/11/2014 | Fredi: Quick turnaround 'keeps us grounded'

Three hours before a game, a Major League clubhouse usually is bustling with activity, but the visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field was nearly empty at noon CT Friday for a 3 p.m. start.

7/11/2014 | Minor looks to improve command, limit homers

The Braves will call on Mike Minor, looking for his first win since May, to even the series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on Saturday. Chicago will counter with Edwin Jackson.

7/11/2014 | Kimbrel might get more multi-inning save chances

When Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez brought Craig Kimbrel in to notch the final four outs of Thursday night's 3-1 win over the Mets, he led many of his club's fans to think about how the dominant closer sat in the bullpen as the Dodgers completed their eighth-inning comeback during the decisive Game 4 of last year's National League Division Series.

7/10/2014 | Harang helps Braves end skid, return to first place

With the All-Star break on the horizon, the Braves have yet to provide a clear understanding of where they might be by the time this season concludes. But after Thursday night's 3-1 win over the Mets, they were reintroduced to that sense of optimism that they hope to carry through the season's second half.

7/10/2014 | Arrieta no stranger to leading starting rotation

The Cubs will send new ace Jake Arrieta to the mound opposite the Braves' Alex Wood in Friday's series opener at Wrigley Field.

7/10/2014 | La Stella keeps his groove in front of family, friends

As Tommy La Stella grew up in New Jersey, just a short drive from Yankee Stadium, he knew all about Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and the other Yankees that he and his father loved. But before this week, his only previous trip to the home of the Mets came when he attended a friend's childhood birthday party. LaStella has certainly not buckled under the pressure of playing in front of the many friends and family members who have come to Citi Field this week to get their first in-person look at him as a Major Leaguer.

7/10/2014 | Second runner-up J-Up upbeat about support

Though he fell short of the vote total necessary to gain a spot on the National League's All-Star roster, Braves left fielder Justin Upton gladly accepted the consolation that came courtesy of the overwhelming support he received from fans and teammates as a candidate in's Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.

7/10/2014 | It's a Windy City sweep: Sale, Rizzo win Final Vote

White Sox ace Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made Chicago proud on Thursday with a Windy City sweep, winning the 13th annual All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian after 92 hours of relentless fan balloting.

7/10/2014 | Final Vote has ended, results coming soon

The All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian went down to the wire before it ended today, and anything can happen as Twitter voting joined the tens of millions of votes cast in the competition to fill the final roster spots on the AL and NL All-Star teams that will play the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday. The winners will be revealed soon on

7/9/2014 | Fredi planning to keep Gattis behind plate

Catcher Evan Gattis seemingly provided a sign of encouragement when he crouched behind the plate to field a few between-innings warmup pitches during Tuesday night's game against the Mets. But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he still does not expect Gattis to be activated from the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break next week.

7/9/2014 | Upton enjoying Final Vote experience, club's support

As they wore #VoteJUP T-shirts during batting practice before Wednesday night's game against the Mets, the Braves showed their support for Justin Upton's bid to win the National League portion of this year's Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.

7/9/2014 | Colon, Mets seek four-game sweep of Harang, Braves

The last time Aaron Harang took the hill at Citi Field, he flirted with history. The veteran no-hit the Mets in seven strong innings April 18, and on Thursday night he'll look to halt the Braves' four-game slide and deny the Mets a four-game sweep. Bartolo Colon, who has struggled early in his past few starts, will start for New York.

7/9/2014 | Rough seventh, lack of offensive punch sink Braves

Ervin Santana spent six innings providing reason to wonder if he truly had regained the promise he showed in April. But as the seventh inning unfolded during Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field, Santana and his Braves teammates left reason to wonder what this season's second half might have in store.

7/9/2014 | All Chicago: Sale in lead, Rizzo passes Morneau

There's a new leader in the National League Final Vote. Late Wednesday, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo passed Rockies veteran Justin Morneau for the top spot, while White Sox left-hander Chris Sale continued to maintain a slight advantage two-thirds of the way through the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian, which ends today at 4 p.m. ET.

7/9/2014 | Double-A second-base prospect Peraza has big night

Second baseman Jose Peraza, the Braves' No. 3 prospect, had four hits Tuesday and Double-A Mississippi defeated Montgomery, 7-4. Peraza, ranked No. 99 on's Top 100 Prospects list, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a stolen base and an RBI. It was the fourth four-hit game of his career and second of the season.

7/8/2014 | Teheran off his game, chased early in loss to Mets

All-Star Julio Teheran's bubble was burst as he was soundly humbled by the performance he provided in Tuesday night's 8-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. Along with watching their ace match the shortest outing of his career, the Braves also saw their offense subdued by yet another starter who would not be described as "top-of-the-rotation caliber."

7/8/2014 | Heyward recalls beaning after near-miss

Jason Heyward was thinking about removing the face guard that he has worn on his batting helmet since his jaw was fractured by Mets left-hander Jon Niese's fastball last Aug. 21. But he altered his thinking Monday night when he watched Mets southpaw reliever Josh Edgin's 94-mph heater sail over his head as he stood in the same Citi Field batter's box where Niese had hit him.

7/8/2014 | Fredi still flummoxed over 'neighborhood' call

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez knows he may be fined for saying, "It's one of the worst calls I've ever seen," in reference to the reversal of a disputed challenge of a "neighborhood play" that occurred during the ninth inning of Monday night's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Mets.

7/8/2014 | After two-month layoff, Mets' Gee returns to mound

Although the Mets are dealing with the absence of lefty Jon Niese, they will compensate Wednesday night with the return of righty Dillon Gee, who makes his first start in nearly two months as he faces righty Ervin Santana and the Braves at Citi Field.

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