4/23/2014 | Braves, Santana aware of Hamilton's elite speed
As the Braves attempt to continue their early success, they can only hope that their stellar pitching staff finds a way to keep Reds rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton off the basepaths during this weekend's three-game series at Turner Field. Ervin Santana is first up for Atlanta.
4/23/2014 | Despite blowup, Johnson a fan of Fernandez
Though the two have some history, Chris Johnson says he's a fan of Miami ace Jose Fernandez: "He's the best you're going to get."
4/23/2014 | Wood, Fernandez to reprise duel Tuesday
The Braves and Marlins have decided to give Alex Wood and Jose Fernandez a couple extra days of rest coming off the impressive pitchers' duel the two young hurlers waged at Turner Field on Tuesday night. Consequently, Wood and Fernandez are currently slated to oppose each other again on Tuesday in Miami.
4/22/2014 | Wood's career night not enough vs. Fernandez, Fish
Jose Fernandez proved to be simply dominant as he notched 14 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings while helping the Marlins hand Alex Wood and the Braves a hard-luck 1-0 loss.
4/22/2014 | One more rehab start before Minor's return
Mike Minor was looking forward to the chance to make his regular-season debut this weekend against the Reds. But the Braves have decided Minor will instead make one more Minor League start.
4/22/2014 | Heyward expounds on decision to bunt in ninth
When Braves backup outfielder Jordan Schafer doubled off Carlos Marmol to begin the ninth inning of Monday night's 10-inning win against the Marlins, Jason Heyward looked toward the dugout and saw manager Fredi Gonzalez give him the choice to either swing away or attempt to advance Schafer with a sacrifice bunt.
4/22/2014 | Uggla, Fredi offer take on transfer rule
Over the past couple of weeks, the Braves have watched a number of players affected by the transfer rule, which has gained a different interpretation since the expanded instant replay system was put in place at the start of this season.
4/21/2014 | Fernandez gets first look at Braves since scuffle
The last time Jose Fernandez faced the Braves, he gave up an Evan Gattis homer and little else in seven strong innings. But the story of the night on Sept. 11, 2013, was Fernandez's two-run home run off Mike Minor in the sixth. After standing at the plate to admire his shot, the benches cleared.
4/21/2014 | Braves still deciding Minor's return date
After watching Mike Minor complete a bullpen session on Tuesday, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell will determine how their starting rotation will shape up over the course of the next week.
4/21/2014 | Varvaro turning heads with relief work
Anthony Varvaro has caught the attention of his manager and teammates, as he displayed a high-powered fastball during a scoreless 10th inning Sunday.
4/21/2014 | Gattis walks off with line-drive homer in 10th
After Craig Kimbrel suffered his first blown save, and a bases-loaded threat was squandered during Monday night's ninth inning at Turner Field, Evan Gattis saved the day with a two-run home run that gave the Braves a 4-2, 10-inning win over the Marlins.
4/20/2014 | Minor makes final Triple-A rehab start
Mike Minor is currently on track to make his season debut on Saturday against the Reds.
4/20/2014 | Freeman channeling Chipper as Mets tormentor
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman does not believe he has been around long enough to have earned the "Mets Killer" title that Chipper Jones gained during his long, storied career.
4/20/2014 | Schafer has pinch-hit single after jamming finger
Jordan Schafer chose not to discuss how he injured his right middle finger during Saturday night's win over the Mets. Instead, the Braves' backup outfielder was simply happy that he was available to play in Sunday's series finale at Citi Field.
4/20/2014 | Teheran faces Marlins looking to build on shutout
Julio Teheran, coming off a three-hit shutout, will pitch on Monday night opposite Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler, who also has all of his pitches working.
4/20/2014 | Hale faces Wheeler as Braves eye sweep
When the Braves and the Mets meet in Sunday's series finale, two Georgians take the hill hoping to forget their last outings in their own backyard. David Hale and Zack Wheeler both had season-worst outings in early April at Turner Field.
4/20/2014 | Kimbrel apologizes for reaction to being pulled
When Craig Kimbrel was removed during the ninth inning of Saturday night's 7-5 win over the Mets, he visibly expressed his displeasure toward Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. But approximately 20 minutes later, the dominant closer contritely apologized for his on-field actions.
4/19/2014 | Justin time! Clutch homer stings Mets
It proved to be much more interesting than desired after Ervin Santana's gem against the Mets on Saturday night in New York, but Justin Upton's ninth-inning homer allowed the Braves to overcome Craig Kimbrel's rocky return to the mound.
4/19/2014 | Minor poised to return; Floyd needs more time
Mike Minor took the mound at Triple-A Gwinnett's Coolray Stadium on Saturday night knowing that the Braves are planning to activate him from the disabled list within the next week. Gavin Floyd, however, will make at least two more rehab starts before joining Atlanta.
4/19/2014 | Fredi is first manager to visit Replay Command Center
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez visited Major League Baseball Advanced Media's office on Saturday morning to see the Replay Command Center, where staffed umpires review the plays challenged by managers during the course of games.
4/19/2014 | Freeman's heads-up play yields 'insurance out'
Aaron Harang's exit after seven innings with a no-hit bid in place against the Mets on Friday might not have garnered so much attention had Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman not helped record what ended up being an "insurance fourth out" in the second inning.
4/19/2014 | Santana seeks to make quick work of Mets
Ervin Santana and Bartolo Colon toe the rubber at Citi Field on Saturday with the Braves seeking to secure the series win.
4/18/2014 | Bullpen preserves gem after Harang flirts with history
Only a high pitch count prevented Aaron Harang from bidding for history on Friday night at Citi Field. But after he'd delivered seven hitless innings, the Braves preserved his gem with a late-inning eruption that allowed them to cruise to a 6-0 win over the Mets.
4/18/2014 | Overlooked McDowell ensures success of Braves' arms
The most underrated coach of any kind in Major League Baseball is Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell, and it isn't even close. The nine-year vet of the staff has led Atlanta to a top-five finish in ERA for the past five years.
4/18/2014 | Heyward's night off has nothing to do with Niese
Instead of attempting to halt his early-season struggles while facing Mets left-hander Jon Niese for the first time since their last encounter left him fractured and bloodied, Jason Heyward was given a chance to rest as the Braves opened a three-game series on Friday night at Citi Field.
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