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  1. Baseball is dying? Nonsense: The Case for Baseball’s Vitality

    Sep 9, 2014, 7:57 AM EDT

    Jack Dempsey -- Associated Press

    The first professional baseball team began play in the spring of 1869. People began lamenting its demise approximately fifteen minutes later. Here is why they are wrong.

  2. Video: Watch Robbie Grossman save the game by robbing a home run Saturday night

    Aug 3, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

    Robbie Grossman

    Robbie Grossman made the highlight reels on Saturday night, preserving the Astros’ lead by robbing Juan Francisco of a two-run home run in the eighth inning.

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

    Jul 25, 2014, 6:47 AM EDT

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    It was a day of blowouts and fine pitching performances.

  4. Report: Blue Jays have been scouting Martin Prado, Aaron Hill, and Chase Headley

    Jul 4, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Chase Headley

    The Blue Jays have been scouting some expensive, mediocre talent lately, reports ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

  5. Blue Jays interested in Padres third baseman Chase Headley

    Jun 27, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chase Headley Getty

    Chase Headley is an impending free agent and the Padres in 34-45, so it makes sense that they’re shopping him and Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Blue Jays are interested in the 30-year-old third baseman.

  6. The Blue Jays overcame an 8-0 deficit to win by five runs

    Jun 20, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    The Blue Jays fell behind 8-0 to the Reds after two innings, but mounted a comeback and wound up winning 14-9.

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

    May 14, 2014, 7:04 AM EDT

    Dallas Keuchel

    1-0 leads heading into the ninth were not safe last night.

  8. Blue Jays sign Juan Francisco to minor league deal

    Apr 1, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT

    juan francisco getty

    Hector Gomez of sports radio program ZDeportes in the Dominican Republic reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with free agent corner infielder Juan Francisco.

  9. Brewers call on Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay to handle first base; Juan Francisco the odd man out

    Mar 23, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

    Juan Francisco

    Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers have decided to use Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay at first base, leaving Juan Francisco on the outside looking in. Francisco, who hit 18 home runs with a .719 OPS in 385 plate appearances last season, was beat out by two non-roster invitees. It…

  10. 2014 Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

    Mar 21, 2014, 5:52 PM EDT

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    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 2014 season. Next up: The Milwaukee Brewers. The Big Question: Can they bounce back? The Brewers won only 74 games in 2013 after averaging…

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

    Jul 8, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

    Orioles' Jones watches his two-run home run off of Yankees closing pitcher Rivera during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York

    Orioles 2, Yankees 1: Even Superman gets beat up once in a while. Adam Jones handed Mariano Rivera his second blown save of the year and the first blown save in Yankee Stadium in a dog’s age when he smacked a two-run homer in the ninth. Speaking of Superman, I finally got around to seeing…

  12. Looks like the Brewers are rebuilding

    Jun 4, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Brewers logo

    The Brewers aren’t good and it doesn’t seem like additions such as Juan Francisco and the eventual return of Corey Hart will make much of a difference. Which led Brewers GM Doug Melvin admitted to Michael Hunt of the Journal-Sentinel that it’s time to rebuild: While not prepared to concede the division to the Cardinals and…

  13. Brewers acquire Juan Francisco from Braves, call up Scooter Gennett

    Jun 3, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Royals Braves Basaeball

    Atlanta designated Juan Francisco for assignment last week and today the Braves traded him to the Brewers for minor leaguer Thomas Keeling. Milwaukee also called up second baseman Scooter Gennett from Triple-A. Francisco has been exclusively a third baseman in the majors, but given how awful the Brewers’ production has been at first base he…

  14. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 3, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    At the pool

    My kids started their summer vacation on Friday. Two hours into their first day without school my son told me he was bored. After that, and my extended “you have no reason to be bored, there are kids all over the world who would love to have all of the things and advantages you’ve had”…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

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

    Apr 24, 2013, 6:23 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 5, Rangers 4: Howie Kendrick with two homers, including the walkoff in the 11th. Kendrick after the game: “It’s a great feeling to know that you can leave the other team on the field” I hope someone brings the Rangers some food overnight. Maybe go back to their hotel, get guys a change of…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. Braves hit three homers in eighth, move to 12-1

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Atlanta Braves

    The scorching Braves broke open a 2-2 game in the eighth Tuesday, with Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla all hitting homers off Kelvin Herrera in a 6-3 win over the Royals. Crushing Herrera made the victory especially impressive. While hardly a household name, Herrera has been one of the AL’s best relievers since…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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