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  1. Braves lose infielder Ramiro Pena for rest of season

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

    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…

  2. NL All-Star voting update

    Jun 17, 2013, 1:40 PM EST

    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…

  3. Five teams are interested in Juan Francisco

    Jun 1, 2013, 9:45 PM EST

    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…

  4. The Braves designate Juan Francisco for assignment

    May 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 14, 2013, 6:49 AM EST

    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…

  6. Juan Francisco leaves game with ankle injury

    May 3, 2013, 10:25 PM EST

    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…

  7. Braves activate Freddie Freeman from disabled list

    Apr 23, 2013, 12:46 PM EST

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    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…

  8. Freddie Freeman is on his way back

    Apr 21, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 19, 2013, 6:48 AM EST

    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.…

  10. Freddie Freeman on track to return Monday

    Apr 17, 2013, 4:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 12, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

    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…

  12. 2013 Preview: Atlanta Braves

    Mar 14, 2013, 4:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 9, 2013, 4:01 PM EST

    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.…

  14. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:50 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:49 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

    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…

  18. Drew Storen among Super Two qualifiers

    Oct 23, 2012, 10:38 PM EST

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    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com: Washington reliever Drew Storen, who failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series, is among six extra players eligible for salary arbitration this winter under baseball’s new labor contract. San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Mets catcher Josh Thole,…

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

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Bryce Harper

    In addition to the box scores, I also watched Bill Clinton last night. No matter what your politics, I hope we can agree that Clinton makes everyone want to listen to their “Siamese Dream” cassette and drive around in their Chevy Cavalier, waiting for their pager to blow up.  Anyway: Nationals 9, Cubs 1: Gio…

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

    Aug 8, 2012, 6:14 AM EST

    Rockford Files

    Tigers 6, Yankees 5: Miguel Cabrera homered for the third straight game. The dude is good. The Tigers have won six straight and, with the White Sox loss, pull to within a half game. Speaking of the Tigers, I found out last night that one of the people I hung out with at Comerica Park…

  21. Surging Diamondbacks sweep Dodgers in Los Angeles

    Aug 1, 2012, 6:27 PM EST

    Patrick Corbin

    The Dodgers remade their lineup Wednesday to fit in new arrival Shane Victorino, but it led to just two hits — one off the bat of starter Stephen Fife — as the Diamondbacks won 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep in Los Angeles. Manager Don Mattingly, too often limited to one or two quality hitters…

  22. HBT’s Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:35 PM EST

    Lets make a deal

    The 2012 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. Here’s your summary of who went where and for whom: 7/31/12: The Indians Acquire 1B Lars Anderson from the Red Sox for RHP Steven Wright. Quick Take: Anderson is a once-promising slugger who has seemingly run out of gas on his third time through Triple-A. Wright…

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

    Jul 31, 2012, 6:21 AM EST

    Kendrys Morales, Albert Pujols

    Angels 15, Rangers 8: Kendrys Morales hit homers from each side of the plate in the sixth inning — one of which was a grand slam — and drove in six runs overall as the Angels make mincemeat out of the Rangers. Roy Oswalt got tattooed. Between that, Cliff Lee trade rumors and Roy Halladay‘s…

  24. Diamondbacks designate Lyle Overbay for assignment

    Jul 30, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    Lyle Overbay Getty

    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have designated veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay for assignment. The move clears a roster spot for third baseman Chris Johnson, who was acquired from the Astros yesterday. Overbay, 35, is batting .292/.367/.448 with two home runs, 10 RBI and an .815 OPS over 110 plate…

  25. D’Backs acquire third baseman Chris Johnson from Astros

    Jul 29, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    chris johnson ap

    From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart comes word that the Astros have acquired offensive prospects Bobby Borchering and Marc Krauss from the Diamondbacks for third baseman Chris Johnson. At first glance, it’s another crafty deal for Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. Johnson had a nice showing in his first real chunk of major league playing time back in 2010,…

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