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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. NL All-Star voting update

    Jun 17, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Yadier Molina and Buster Posey are neck-and-neck tatto. David Wright is getting help from the cougars! Did Domonoic Brown do something awful to the pets of every All-Star voter? Confused? You won’t be, after this week’s episode of … “SOAP!” Er, sorry. After this week’s NL All-Star voting update: FIRST BASE Joey Votto, Reds 2,047,945…

  11. Five teams are interested in Juan Francisco

    Jun 1, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Royals Braves Basaeball

    Third baseman Juan Francisco, designated for assignment by the Braves on Thursday, has drawn interest from five different teams, reports David O’Brien. The Braves have about a week to trade him before putting him through waivers, after which they would either release him or send him to Triple-A Gwinnett. Francisco had hit five homers and…

  12. The Braves designate Juan Francisco for assignment

    May 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Royals Braves Basaeball

    Atlanta had to make a roster move today to make room for Alex Wood. And to do so they blew up their 3B platoon: 3B Juan Francisco designated for assignment by #Braves to open roster spot for Alex Wood. — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) May 30, 2013   Chris Johnson will be the everyday third baseman…

  13. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 14, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

    Braves Diamondbacks Baseball

    Braves 10, Diamondbacks 1: Justin Upton went 4 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBI. Chris Johnson went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI. Martin Prado had a couple of hits and I suppose he was gritty. Gonna say that the first visit to Arizona for the Braves post-trade falls to…

  14. Juan Francisco leaves game with ankle injury

    May 3, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Royals Braves Basaeball

    Braves third baseman Juan Francisco left tonight’s game against the Mets in the third inning due to an ankle injury. Francisco appeared to turn his right ankle when he attempted to go back to second base on a pick-off attempt. He was out on the play. Ramiro Pena took Francisco’s spot at third at the…

  15. Braves activate Freddie Freeman from disabled list

    Apr 23, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    freddie freeman getty

    Atlanta will be without Jason Heyward for a while following his appendectomy, but the Braves are getting Freddie Freeman back today. Freeman has been out since April 6 with a strained oblique muscle, but the first baseman is back in the lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Rockies and batting cleanup. Freeman…

  16. Freddie Freeman is on his way back

    Apr 21, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman

    Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is expected to rejoin the team tomorrow after a stint on the disabled list with a strained right oblique. In Freeman’s absence, Chris Johnson — acquired with Justin Upton from Arizona — has been getting the lion’s share of the playing time at first base and has impressed offensively. Johnson…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 19, 2013, 6:48 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 10, Rays 6: Time to re-bookmark Matt Wieters Facts. The Chosen One’s grand slam in the 10th gives the O’s their 17th straight extra innings win. Diamondbacks 6, Yankees 2: Frankie Cervelli hit a homer to tie it in the ninth. He also had two — not one, but two — catcher’s interference calls.…

  18. Freddie Freeman on track to return Monday

    Apr 17, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    freddie freeman getty

    Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is scheduled to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A and Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’ll likely come off the disabled list Monday barring a setback. Freeman got off to a great start, but has been out since April 6 with a strained oblique muscle. Chris…

  19. D-Backs president still happy with Justin Upton trade

    Apr 12, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    Yeah, it’s early and yeah, Justin Upton isn’t going to post Ruthian offensive stats for an entire season, but the initial results on the trade between the D-Backs and Braves isn’t exactly even. Upton is tied for the Major League lead in homers with six and is looking like a tour de force in the…

  20. 2013 Preview: Atlanta Braves

    Mar 14, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward, Justin Upton

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: is there life after Chipper Jones? Sure there is. Because for as good as…

  21. Mariano Rivera spotless in first game action since knee surgery

    Mar 9, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera Getty

    After announcing his intention to retire following the 2013 season earlier this morning, Rivera made his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon against the Braves. And it didn’t take him long to shake the rust following knee surgery. In his first game action since last May, Rivera notched two strikeouts over a perfect inning of work.…

  22. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Martin Prado

    Braves acquire OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from Diamondbacks for 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed and 1B Brandon Drury. – As some probably guessed, I’m a big fan of this deal for the Braves. I wrote an entry trying to pair the Upton brothers in Atlanta…

  23. The Justin Upton trade: The Braves get their man, the Diamondbacks do better than expected

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Justin Upton AP

    Justin Upton was being dangled by the Diamondbacks forever, but he’s finally out the door. It’s a five-for-two deal: Braves get: (OF) Justin Upton, (3B) Chris Johnson Diamondbacks get: (3B) Martin Prado, (RHP) Randall Delgado, (SS) Nick Ahmed, (RHP) Zeke Spruill, and (1B) Brandon Drury. For all the talk that the Diamondbacks’ leverage was gone when Upton…

  24. UPDATE: The Braves have acquired Justin Upton for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and prospects

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

    upton, justin (getty)

    UPDATE: The return is … interesting. Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are getting not just Justin Upton, but Chris Johnson as well. In return, Atlanta is sending them Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, shortstop prospect Nick Ahmed and starting pitcher Zeke Spruill. Much bigger trade than expected. We’ll break it down shortly. UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports…

  25. The Diamondbacks sign Eric Chavez for one year, $3 million

    Dec 5, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    Not everything is about the Yankees, but a lot of signings are going to cause more of a reaction among Yankees fans than they will with the team which actually makes the signing. Like this one: Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Eric Chavez. The deal is one year, $3 million, which seems…

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