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  1. Winners and losers at the trade deadline

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Given how disappointing this afternoon’s trade deadline proved to be, it’s only fair that the annual winners and losers column is a little lopsided. Let’s get right to it: Winners Red Sox: I didn’t like the idea of Boston giving up top prospects for Jake Peavy because I just didn’t see him being a big…

  2. Braves face tough decision when Brandon Beachy returns

    Jun 9, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    brandon beachy ap

    Brandon Beachy hasn’t pitched since June 16 last season. He felt soreness in his right elbow and subsequently underwent Tommy John surgery, ending his season and significantly cutting into his 2013 hopes. Nearly a full year later, though, Beachy is nearing a return. He has made two rehab starts with Triple-A Gwinnett spanning nine innings,…

  3. Russell Martin is starting in right field for the Pirates

    Jun 4, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Not to be outdone by the Yankees using career-long first baseman Lyle Overbay in right field, the Pirates have catcher Russell Martin in right field tonight against the Braves. In fairness Martin isn’t a typical catcher in that he’s a good athlete with some speed who’s played 18 games at third base in the majors.…

  4. Mike Minor homers, throws 7.1 scoreless in Braves’ eighth straight win

    May 25, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    Starter Mike Minor tossed seven and a third scoreless innings tonight as the Braves shut out the Mets 6-0. The lefty struck out ten and walked two, and even hit a home run in support of himself — a two-out, two-run shot off of Mets starter Dillon Gee, sparking what ended up being a five-run…

  5. Braves win resumed game against the Mets

    May 25, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Atlanta Braves

    The Mets had stormed back late last night against the Braves to tie the game 5-5 after eight innings just before crew chief Dale Scott decided to halt the game, to be resumed later. At 6:10 PM ET tonight, the game was unpaused and the Braves quickly retook the lead on a Dan Uggla RBI…

  6. 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…

  7. The National League is poised to have some excellent rotations

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez

    Even with Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez still up for grabs, the National League already seems set to sport some excellent rotations in 2013. How about this for the top four: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren, Ross Detwiler Giants: Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito Phillies: Roy…

  8. How about an Upton-Upton-Heyward outfield in Atlanta?

    Nov 25, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    We know the Braves are in hot pursuit of free agent B.J. Upton, who could well be the next top free agent to sign. It makes one wonder if they’d considering pairing the Upton brothers and bringing in Justin from Arizona. On the surface, it seems like a great idea. Neither Upton brother has quite…

  9. If not for Bud, Braves would be World Series favorites

    Sep 21, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    Who’s with me? The Nationals’ four projected starters are a combined 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in the postseason, with that entire track record belonging to Edwin Jackson. They have one hitter in their lineup with a .350 OBP. They don’t have any big holes in their lineup, but they also don’t have anyone with…

  10. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Here’s the top 50 of a rather weak free agent class. Again, I didn’t include Robinson Cano, R.A. Dickey and some others whose options are sure to be picked up. Also absent is Mark Reynolds. He is not eligible for free agency, though there’s a good chance he’ll be non-tendered this winter. All ages are…

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

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    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…

  12. The Braves are going to a six-man rotation for a while

    Aug 13, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Lots of rotation weirdness this year. Six mans, four mans. Here’s another six-man: the Atlanta Braves. With Tommy Hanson coming off the disabled list, Fredi Gonzalez had to figure out who to bump. The most likely choices were Kris Medlen or Mike Minor, but given that everyone has pitched fairly well, Gonzalez has decided to…

  13. Johan Santana has a 6.54 ERA since his no-hitter

    Jul 20, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

    Johan Santana Getty

    Johan Santana‘s struggles continued tonight against the Dodgers, as he was chased after being knocked around for six runs over just three innings. It matched the second-shortest start of his career. Santana gave up seven hits in all, including a two-run homer to Matt Kemp in the first inning and a two-run homer to Luis Cruz…

  14. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  15. Reviewing the rotations; Nats, Dodgers lead the way

    Jun 18, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    David Price

    A couple of months before the season, I used my Rotoworld projections to rank the rotations, based strictly on ERA, from 1-30. Let’s look at that list now and see where each team starters’ measure up about 40 percent of the way through the season. Projected rank – Team – Current rank 1. Phillies: 3.39…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers 4, Cubs 3: Norichika Aoki hit two homers including the walkoff. Overall, he’s kicking some major butt. Mets 3, Nationals 1: As I said yesterday: Dickey beats Wang. I’m still giggling, by the way. Pirates 5, Reds 4: Aroldis Chapman finally allowed a run. You see? You see? He’s not a machine, he’s a man, he’s a man!  Someone alert…

  17. The Braves option Kris Medlen triple-A, call up Jose Constanza

    May 29, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    When you’ve lost eight straight and two of your young starters are sucking eggs, you gotta do something. Today the Braves did, sending Kris Medlen down to triple-A Gwinnett and calling up outfielder Jose Constanza. Now, Medlen is not one of the ones who has been sucking eggs. Indeed, he’s been just fine in a…

  18. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    May 26, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum Getty

    Another night, another disappointing performance for Tim Lincecum. The two-time Cy Young Award failed to get back on track last night against the Marlins, giving up six runs over 5 2/3 innings as part of a 7-6 loss. Lincecum allowed just one run over the first five innings — a long solo blast by Giancarlo…

  19. Jair Jurrjens rocked for 11 runs in Triple-A start

    May 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Last week manager Fredi Gonzalez revealed that the Braves hadn’t even given any thought to recalling Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A, saying: “Without making this sound cruel, he’s a minor league player right now.” At the time Jurrjens had put together three straight impressive outings, but that all unraveled last night as he got rocked for…

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

    May 17, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1: I took my bike out for a spin for the first time in a while last evening. It was a nice ride on a nice night. At least apart from the crazy, over-the-handlebars wreck I got into at the corner of Alpath and Johnston Road. There were no apparent injuries at…

  21. Freddie Freeman powers Braves to rare sweep in Colorado

    May 6, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman, Chipper Jones

    The Braves cleaned up in Coors Field this weekend, winning three straight games for their first sweep in Colorado since 2003. Freddie Freeman hit his sixth homer and tripled in the 7-2 victory Sunday. The Braves scored 29 runs in the three games. Freeman is up to 26 RBI for the season, placing him third…

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

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Yankees 7, Twins 6: Curtis Granderson hit three bombs and went 5 for 5. If you just followed this game on Twitter, though, you’d think the storyline of the game was Phil Hughes stinking. The Yankees fans I follow are a surprisingly neurotic bunch despite following the most dominant team in American sports history. But…

  23. Braves name Tommy Hanson as Opening Day starter

    Mar 31, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson AP

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com passes along word that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has officially tabbed Tommy Hanson to start Opening Day against the Mets next Thursday. It will be the first Opening Day assignment of his career. Hanson was limited to just 22 starts last year due to right shoulder problems and missed the first…

  24. Springtime Storylines: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs?

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez Reuters

    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 2012 season. Up next: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs? The Braves didn’t get…

  25. Mike Minor: start me in the majors or trade me

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Minor_Mike

    Braves starter Mike Minor is likely to be the Braves’ fifth starter. But yesterday he made it clear that, if there’s any doubt about that, he’d just as soon be traded: “Overall, it’s not really – it’s about making the team, but if … I can control my third pitch and have a decent fourth…

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