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  1. Chipper Jones “should not have any restrictions coming into spring training”

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Chipper Jones has spent the offseason rehabbing his surgically repaired knee and dry-heaving on his neighbor’s lawn, and yesterday general manager Frank Wren told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he should be ready for Opening Day: I think he’s progressed very well. He had a setback earlier in the winter when he…

  2. Chipper Jones rehabs knee, dry-heaves on neighbor’s lawn

    Dec 22, 2010, 5:33 PM EST

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has a really good article today about Chipper Jones’ comeback from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that ended his season in mid-August and attaches plenty of question marks to how he’ll fare returning from the injury (and previous talk of retirement) at age 39. Jones told Crasnick…

  3. Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee”

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

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    Washington has been linked to just about every veteran first baseman on the market this offseason, so not surprisingly Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee.” Lee is 35 years old and coming off his worst season since 1998, hitting .260/.347/.428 with 19 homers in 148 games for…

  4. Braves “closing in on a deal” with reliever George Sherrill

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:47 PM EST

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    Lefty reliever George Sherrill is “closing in on a deal” with the Braves, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. With a 6.69 ERA this season Sherrill earned his non-tender from the Dodgers, but he was an All-Star in 2008, had a 1.70 ERA in 2009, and still looks plenty capable of being a good left-handed…

  5. Braves get Scott Linebrink from White Sox for Kyle Cofield

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

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    No doubt looking to shed some salary after signing Adam Dunn and re-signing A.J. Pierzynski yesterday, the White Sox have traded veteran reliever Scott Linebrink to the Braves for mid-level pitching prospect Kyle Cofield. Chicago will reportedly send some cash to Atlanta to cover part of the one season and $5.5 million left on Linebrink’s…

  6. Braves non-tender Matt Diaz after five years in Atlanta

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

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    Matt Diaz has been added to the non-tender pile, as the Braves cut the 33-year-old outfielder loose after five seasons in Atlanta. Diaz has alternated good years and bad years for the Braves, and when his batting average slumps like it did this season his modest pop, swing-at-everything approach, and poor defense make him a…

  7. Eric Hinske deciding between Braves and Brewers

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    Eric Hinske was hoping to land a two-year deal after playing for six different teams during the past five seasons, but instead Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’s deciding between one-year offers from the Braves and Brewers. Hinske fared well as a part-time player for the Braves this season, hitting .256/.338/.456 with 11 homers…

  8. Brewers join Braves in making an offer to Eric Hinske

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Craig noted yesterday that the Brewers are interested in Eric Hinske and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that they’ve officially made the veteran role player an offer. “It’s his call, not ours,” general manager Doug Melvin told Haudricourt. “We’re waiting to hear back from him.” Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported…

  9. Why are the Braves moving Martin Prado to left field instead of Dan Uggla?

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

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    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Martin Prado had no problem with the Braves’ request that he move to left field following the trade for Dan Uggla. General manager Frank Wren talked to Prado after making the trade and quoted the All-Star infielder as saying: “I just want to be a part…

  10. Braves sign independent league standout Beau Torbert

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

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    Beau Torbert spent four seasons playing in Houston’s farm system after the Astros made him their 17th-round pick in 2004, but the 6-foot-4 outfielder hit just .250 with one homer and a .642 OPS in 93 games between Double-A and Triple-A in 2007 and was cut. Since then he’s been playing for the independent league…

  11. Derrek Lee undergoes surgery on torn thumb ligament

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:17 PM EST

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    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Derrek Lee underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn thumb ligament that limited him for the entire season. Lee initially suffered the injury on Opening Day, yet played 148 games and was at his best following a mid-August trade to the Braves, hitting .287 with a .384 on-base…

  12. Indians cut ties with former top prospect Andy Marte

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

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    Once upon a time Andy Marte was considered an elite prospect. While in the Braves’ farm system he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects in four years, including top-15 spots in 2004, 2005, and 2006. After hitting .275/.372/.506 with 20 homers and 64 walks in 109 games at Triple-A as a 21-year-old in 2005…

  13. Braves decide on Larry Parrish as new hitting coach

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

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    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves will hire Larry Parrish as their new hitting coach, with an announcement expected later today. Parrish, who hit 256 homers in 15 seasons as a big-league third baseman and made a pair of All-Star teams, had been the Triple-A manager in Detroit’s organization and also managed the…

  14. Leo Mazzone wants to be Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:52 AM EST

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    During a radio interview this morning longtime Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said that he’d be interested in taking the same position with the Yankees or Mets, calling both openings “a great job.” Mazzone had an incredible amount of success in Atlanta and much of that was obviously due to the three Hall of Famers…

  15. On this day in 1991: “And we’ll see you … tomorrow night!”

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

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    While we wait for this year’s World Series to begin, it’s worth noting that on this day in 1991 the Twins and Braves played a Game 6 of the World Series that ranks as one of the greatest in baseball history. With the score tied 3-3 in the 11th inning Charlie Leibrandt served up a…

  16. Yankees, Rays now put focus on division

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:53 AM EST

    It was a dramatic night in the MLB playoff races on Tuesday, with the Cincinnati Reds clinching the NL Central for their first postseason trip since 1995, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays also assuring themselves places in the postseason, eliminating the Boston Red Sox in the process. The AL teams are…

  17. The Week Ahead: Three-way battle for AL supremacy

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:52 AM EST

    The American League playoff field is set, with the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins clinching their divisions, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays soon to sort out who will be the AL East champion and who will be the wild card team. But there is one big thing left to watch for…

  18. The Week Ahead: Phillies primed to make a run

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:09 AM EST

    Hold onto your hats Braves fans, the Philadelphia Phillies are finally hitting their stride. The season has been a struggle for the Phillies. They’ve endured a host of injuries, questions about the preseason trade of Cliff Lee, some major slumps from outfielders Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez, and even some questionable managing decisions. All you…

  19. The Week Ahead: History stacked against Red Sox comeback

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:54 AM EST

    Despite sitting in third place in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox appear to be in pretty good shape. Riding a two-game winning streak, they enter the week just 6 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees, and 5 1/2 behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL wild card spot – with no…

  20. Jair Jurrjens makes spring debut (kinda)

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:06 PM EST

    Just because it doesn’t count doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Jair Jurrjens, who already had his spring debut pushed back because of a rainout on Thursday, tossed two innings of scoreless ball against the Pirates on Friday before the game was called due to rain. Jurrjens threw 29 pitches over the two innings, 18 of…

  21. Hello Joe Mauer

    Mar 9, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    You can get close to ballplayers in spring training.  Get really close to your monitor. You can almost smell the sideburns!

  22. Nice press box you have there, Yankees

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    I was a little bummed because the Yankees have been the only team thus far to deny my press credentials for spring training.  I didn’t take it personally — there are about 1,380 reporters who want to cover the Yankees, and at some point it’s a numbers game — but I wasn’t pleased either.  Bright…

  23. Jair Jurrjens to make spring debut on Thursday

    Mar 8, 2010, 8:31 PM EST

    Good news from David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to make his exhibition debut against the Yankees on Thursday. Jurrjens gave Braves fans quite the scare upon arriving to camp last month after he experienced some soreness in his pitching shoulder. After an MRI revealed only mild inflammation, Jurrjens was…

  24. The legend continues: Heyward hits a bomb

    Mar 8, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    Jason Heyward continues to defy superlatives. In the first inning of this afternoon’s game against the Tigers, Heyward battled Max Scherzer from 0-2 to a full count only to launch an epic two-run blast. How mammoth was it, you ask? The ball hit the metal roof that covers the batting cages beyond the right field…

  25. Mets passed on Jason Marquis pretty early

    Mar 7, 2010, 8:54 AM EST

    Jason Marquis, 31, turned in an impressive 15-13 record, 4.04 ERA and 1.38 WHIP last season in 33 starts for the Rockies and set out in search of a lucrative free agent contract this winter.  He made it known early on — in mid-November, in fact — that he wanted to play for the Mets,…

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