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  1. NLDS Game 2: Dodgers vs. Braves lineups

    Oct 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Things went so well for the Dodgers last night that they decided to use the same lineup in Game 2 that they used in Game 1. Things went so poorly for the Braves last night that they decided to use the same lineup in Game 2 that they used in Game 1. Er, never mind.…

  2. Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 batters as Dodgers top Braves in Game 1 of NLDS

    Oct 4, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw Getty

    Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 batters over seven innings tonight at Turner Field as the Dodgers topped the Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NLDS. Kershaw labored early on, but he eventually showed why he’s a virtual lock to win the National League Cy Young Award, striking out nine out of the final 11…

  3. The Braves score one off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    NLDS Dodgers Braves Baseball

    The Braves got on the board against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning, but they were unable to make it a big inning. Freddie Freeman reached on a one-out single to right field before Evan Gattis worked out a walk. The next batter Brian McCann came very close to a three-run homer, but…

  4. Dodgers-Braves lineups announced for tonight’s game

    Oct 3, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    McCann Gonzalez

    Gosh, I hope Don Mattingly filled out his lineup card properly or else he’ll have to answer to Brian McCann: Dodgers: Carl Crawford LF Mark Ellis 2B Hanley Ramirez SS Adrian Gonzalez 1B Yasiel Puig RF Juan Uribe 3B Skip Schumaker CF A.J. Ellis C Clayton Kershaw P Skip Schumaker in center, starting is not…

  5. Welcome to the 2013 playoffs

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell surveys the field before his team takes on the Baltimore Orioles in an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We still have one game left that, technically and statistically speaking, belongs to the regular season. But practically speaking — and in our hearts — we are into the playoffs now. Game 163 between the Rays and Rangers is do-or-die and very, very few regular season games can say that. So: toss your technical orthodoxy.…

  6. Chris Johnson and Terry Pendleton have made up

    Sep 29, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    chris johnson getty

    We now have more clarity on that weird incident from Saturday night that produced this GIF: According to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton has been warning third baseman Chris Johnson all season about the dangers of recklessly throwing his batting helmet and was rightfully furious after getting struck by one of…

  7. Terry Pendleton got angry and grabbed Chris Johnson for some reason

    Sep 28, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    chris johnson getty

    The scene: The Braves were down 5-1 in the ninth inning, but were staging a rally against Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. Justin Upton hit a three-run home run to bring the score to 5-4, and the Braves kept fighting. Freddie Freeman singled and Evan Gattis walked to put the winning run in scoring position for…

  8. Cliff Lee plans to retire once his contract with the Phillies is up

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Phillies' Lee reacts during Game 2 of their MLB National League Divisional Series baseball playoffs against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Phillies starter Cliff Lee was the tough-luck loser last night against the Braves. The lefty allowed just one run — an eighth-inning Chris Johnson solo home run — in eight innings while striking out 13 and walking none. It was part of an historically-great month of September and an overall productive season in Phillies red…

  9. Cliff Lee has had a September to remember

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Phillies starter Cliff Lee shut out the Braves through seven innings tonight, but an equally-dominating performance by Braves starter Kris Medlen and an eighth-inning solo home run by Chris Johnson left him the tough-luck loser. Lee struck out 13, walked none, and allowed just three hits over eight innings, but the Phillies’ offense just couldn’t…

  10. Carlos Gomez homers, gets ejected, never touches home plate

    Sep 25, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    The fireworks started early at the Brewers-Braves game in Atlanta on Wednesday, with a Carlos Gomez homer off Paul Maholm in the top of the first leading to a benches-clearing incident. Gomez and Maholm had a history, with Gomez batting .424 with two HBPs in 21 career plate appearances against the lefty. After his long…

  11. Braves score four times in ninth to lower magic number to 1

    Sep 20, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann celebrates hitting a RBI single while playing the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Chicago

    The Braves busted open a 5-5 game with four runs in the ninth to beat the Cubs 9-5 on Friday and clinch at least a tie in the NL East with the Nationals scheduled to play later tonight. All four runs in the ninth came after Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked by Kevin Gregg to…

  12. Justin Upton and Chris Johnson teamed up to bully the Phillie Phanatic

    Sep 7, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Phanatic

    The Braves are in Philadelphia for the last time this season, which means they were running out of time to “take care of” the Phillie Phanatic. While the team was stretching at Citizens Bank Park prior to tonight’s 7:05 start, Braves outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson teamed up for some shenanigans. Johnson…

  13. B.J. Upton goes 4-for-6, helps Braves walk off against the Marlins

    Aug 31, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    After a hot streak to begin the month of August, Braves outfielder B.J. Upton had fallen into another slump again, hitting just .100 in his last 44 plate appearances entering tonight’s game against the Marlins. Upton was on fire all night against Marlins starter Jacob Turner and the bullpen, though, knocking four hits including a…

  14. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 29, 2013, 7:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Moss

    Athletics 14, Tigers 4: We had this game on for a bit, got bored and decided to watch some random stuff we had recorded. When the show ended we went back to the game to see the A’s up 14-1. Allison let’s out a big “oh for f***’s sake!” and quickly turns on the “Awesom-O”…

  15. Chris Johnson scratched Sunday with turf toe

    Aug 25, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

    chris johnson getty

    Braves third baseman Chris Johnson tripped over Allen Craig‘s leg at the first base bag in Saturday night’s 6-2 loss to the Cardinals and has now been scratched from Atlanta’s starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale at Busch Stadium with what is being called turf toe. This according to beat writer David O’Brien of the…

  16. After a blown call at first, Chris Johnson launches a three-run homer to boost the Braves over the Mets

    Aug 21, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

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    Robot umps now? The Braves and Mets entered extra innings tied 1-1. The Mets got two quick outs before Andrelton Simmons reached base on a single. That brought Freddie Freeman up. He hit it back to the pitcher who tossed it to first base. Freeman was called safe by umpire Jerry Layne but replays showed…

  17. Jason Heyward leaves game after being hit in the side of the head with a pitch

    Aug 21, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Braves outfielder Jason Heyward has left today’s Braves-Mets game in the top of the sixth after being hit in the head with a Jon Niese fastball.  Heyward stayed on the ground for a good while after being hit and then left the game. He appeared groggy, but there were no apparent external injuries, lacerations or…

  18. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 15, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Yankees' Soriano points as he crosses home plate in the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game the Angels in New York

    Yankees 11, Angels 3: Holy cow, Alfonso Soriano. Two homers and seven RBI. The old guy has four homers, six runs scored and 13 RBI in his last two games. The Yankees have won four straight. Reds 5, Cubs 0: Seven shutout innings from Bronson Arroyo helps the Redlegs snag the three-game sweep. My friend Mark,…

  19. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 14, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Diamondbacks 4, Orioles 3: Paul Goldschmidt homered to tie it in the ninth, homered to win it in the 11th. It’s perhaps too late for this, but memo to Buck Showalter: maybe don’t pitch to Paul Goldschmidt. Two walkoff wins in a row for the Dbacks. Their ninth walkoff win of the year. Yankees 14,…

  20. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Aug 10, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Heyward Upton Getty

    The National League East has become a one-lane comfort cruise. The Braves topped the Marlins 5-0 last night at Turner Field to extend their winning streak to 14 games. Brandon Beachy tossed eight scoreless innings for his first win since Tommy John surgery last June. He gave up just three hits and one walk while…

  21. The Braves, winners of ten straight, have opened up a 12.5 game lead in the NL East

    Aug 5, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Braves youngster Alex Wood gave up one run over six innings in his start on Sunday night against the Phillies — a start in which Delmon Young struck out four times, seeing a total of 15 pitches — to help the Braves to another win. It was their tenth in a row. Meanwhile, the Phillies…

  22. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 5, 2013, 5:00 AM EDT

    Comerica Park

    I went to Detroit over the weekend where I took in Saturday and Sunday’s Tigers-White Sox games. Such a wonderful time. Cool temperatures, no humidity, good company, good pitching, good food, good beer. It’s really all you could want. As I watched these games and hung around a city that, no matter what else you…

  23. Chris Johnson sets Braves record with eighth consecutive multi-hit game

    Aug 2, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Braves third baseman Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in the Braves’ 6-4 victory over the Phillies tonight, marking the eighth consecutive game in which he has had two or more hits. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms that it is a team record since the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966.…

  24. All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch: AMERICAN LEAGUE FIRST BASE 1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703 2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681 3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420 4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281 5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675 SECOND BASE 1. Robinson Cano, Yankees,…

  25. Braves lose infielder Ramiro Pena for rest of season

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Ramiro Pena

    The Braves were dealt at least a modest blow Wednesday with the news that Ramiro Pena, who has been on the DL since June 21 with a right shoulder impingement, will need season-ending surgery for a torn labrum. It was a big surprise this winter when the Braves signed Pena to a major league contract…

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