9/23/2016 | Streaking Braves, Freeman avoid 100 losses
Freddie Freeman extended the longest active hitting streak in the Majors and became just the second player in Atlanta history to record an 80th extra-base hit in one season. But much of the satisfaction Freeman felt after Friday night's 3-2 win over the Marlins stemmed from the fight he and his Braves teammates have shown, which has enabled them to avoid what once seemed like an inevitable 100-loss season.
9/23/2016 | Kemp ejected in third for arguing strike call
Matt Kemp's birthday did not go exactly as he had envisioned. The Braves' left fielder was ejected during the third inning of Friday's 3-2 win over the Marlins after he expressed displeasure toward a strike called against Nick Markakis.
9/23/2016 | Marlins' WC hopes hinge on play vs. NL East
If the Marlins don't get on a roll to gain a National League Wild Card spot, they will finish this season with the realization that their postseason bid was influenced by a losing record produced against their own division.
9/23/2016 | Barring setback, Folty could start Tuesday
As Mike Foltynewicz's bruised left calf has steadily improved and allowed him to regain normal mobility, he has positioned himself to possibly make two more starts for the Braves before the end of this season.
9/23/2016 | Garcia's late RBI hurts Marlins' WC hopes
All season, the Braves have presented problems to Miami. On Friday night, Adonis Garcia's two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted Atlanta to a 3-2 comeback win and pushed the Marlins closer to National League Wild Card elimination.
9/23/2016 | Before Inciarte's catch, there was Nixon's
The Catch happened during July 1992, when Otis Nixon climbed the outfield wall at Atlanta-Fulton County Coliseum for the Braves to do more than just snatch away a home run from the Pirates' Andy Van Slyke to keep a long winning streak alive. Nixon created the gold standard for superlative catches along these lines. Which brings us to the unfathomable thing that Ender Inciarte did Wednesday night at Citi Field in New York against the Mets.
9/23/2016 | Kemp's 3rd multi-HR game of year helps Braves surge
It appears the rumors about the demise of Matt Kemp's career were a bit premature. After being given away in exchange for cost savings for the Padres on July 30, the former Most Valuable Player Award candidate is providing the Braves more reason to believe they soundly gambled on his future.
9/22/2016 | Cashner hoping to best Wisler, surging Braves
When the Marlins acquired Andrew Cashner from the Padres on July 29, they hoped he would strengthen their starting rotation and help them make a strong push toward the postseason. But the right-hander's inconsistencies have not boosted Miami's playoff hopes. Cashner will be bidding to earn just his second win as a Marlin when he opposes Matt Wisler and the surging Braves on Friday night in Miami.
9/22/2016 | Kemp's 2 HRs lead win vs. WC-seeking Fish
he Braves continue to play for more than pride. The way they've heated up, they're spoiling the postseason plans for a couple of National League East rivals. Matt Kemp belted two home runs and Josh Collmenter gave up two runs in seven innings on Thursday night in Atlanta's 6-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.
9/22/2016 | Freeman's 42-game on-base streak passes Chipper
Freddie Freeman now has the distinction of doing something his good friend Chipper Jones never did during his legendary career. But after extending his on-base streak to 42 games in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Marlins, the Braves first baseman laughed when he was asked if he now has bragging rights.
9/22/2016 | Snitker: Grab may make Inciarte Gold Glove favorite
As Atlanta's Ender Inciarte and Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton have spent the past couple of months producing an impressive list of defensive gems, they have become two obvious frontrunners among National League center fielders for a Gold Glove Award.
9/22/2016 | Statcast of the Day: Inciarte leaves all in awe
According to Statcast™, Yoenis Cespedes hit the final out of Wednesday's 4-3 Braves win over the Mets with an exit velocity of 101.7 mph and a launch angle of 28 degrees. Such batted balls are a hit 84 percent of the time and a home run 72 percent of the time. Ender Inciarte made sure this one was neither.
9/21/2016 | Game Ender! Walk-off dazzler denies Mets
Yoenis Cespedes nearly won Wednesday night's game for the Mets on a walk-off, three-run homer in the ninth, but center fielder Ender Inciarte robbed him with a leaping catch at the wall. The resulting 4-3 win was the sixth in a row for the Braves at Citi Field and their fifth straight overall.
9/21/2016 | Freeman ties Chipper with 41-game on-base streak
Freddie Freeman's single off in the fourth inning of Wednesday night's Braves game at Citi Field gave the first baseman a 41-game on-base streak, equaling the longest of Chipper Jones' long Atlanta career.
9/21/2016 | Ramirez drops appeal, begins serving suspension
Braves right-hander Jose Ramirez has dropped his appeal of a three-game suspension for throwing a pitch over Jose Fernandez's head last week at Turner Field.
9/21/2016 | With no guarantees, Snitker hopes to keep post
With the days winding down on a Braves season that is finishing much better than it began, interim manager Brian Snitker said on Wednesday that he hopes to get a chance to continue in the job.
9/21/2016 | Marlins know they can't take Braves lightly
The Braves have proven to be a dangerous opponent this month, and the Marlins can't be surprised. They've had trouble with the NL East's last-place team all season. The two clubs will meet again this weekend in Miami, with the Marlins hoping to continue their late run at a Wild Card spot in a four-game series that begins with a 7:10 p.m. ET contest on Thursday at Marlins Park.
9/20/2016 | Julio's Citi: Teheran extends mastery of Mets
It can't be the mound and it can't be the ballpark, Julio Teheran said, because last season he pitched a game at Citi Field and it didn't go at all well. This year? Different story. This year, the Braves' right-hander has made two starts at the Mets' home, and he was outstanding both times.
9/20/2016 | Snitker: Swanson getting jump-start on '17
A little more than six months from now, the Braves will open the 2017 season back at Citi Field. It would hardly be a surprise if Noah Syndergaard is the Mets' starter that day. It would hardly be a surprise if Dansby Swanson is the Braves' shortstop. And it would hardly be a surprise if Swanson doesn't look at all intimidated when he comes to the plate.
9/20/2016 | Running on empty, Freeman digs deep for 4 hits
There will be stories for Freddie Freeman to tell his son someday. Yeah, kid, you cried so much you kept dad up all night. And I still got on a plane, showed up at Citi Field and got four hits. "Hopefully, I have some other cool games I can tell him about," Freeman said late Monday night, enjoying the Braves' 7-3 win over the Mets but realizing that what he really needed was a good night's sleep. Or maybe he didn't need it.
9/20/2016 | Blair's dedication, patience yield first victory
Aaron Blair was taking it all in stride, but his phone was buzzing. "I've probably got 70 messages and 10 calls," the 24-year-old right-hander said on Monday night, a few minutes after the Braves' 7-3 win over the Mets went into the books as his first Major League victory. "I'm sure I'll be up all night returning calls."
9/19/2016 | Facing Teheran, Mets may have hands full
Of the 127 starts Julio Teheran has made in the Major Leagues, a June 19 one-hitter against the Mets at Citi Field was easily the best. The Braves right-hander will return to Queens to face Robert Gsellman and the postseason-hopeful Mets on Tuesday night at 7:10 ET.
9/19/2016 | Blair, Braves stand up to Thor in New York
Atlanta knocked Noah Syndergaard out of Monday night's series opener in the fourth inning, tagging him for five runs in a 7-3 win over the Mets. The loss put New York at risk of losing ground to the Giants and Cardinals, who entered Monday's play within one and two games, respectively, of the Mets in the National League Wild Card race.
9/19/2016 | Off strong relief effort, Weber earns start for Braves
The Braves will give right-hander Ryan Weber his second start of the season in Wednesday night's series finale against the Mets at Citi Field, manager Brian Snitker announced on Monday.
9/18/2016 | Rain can't spoil debut for Braves' Ruiz, family
After shedding some tears of joy upon hearing on Friday night that his son had been promoted to the Major League level, Rudy Ruiz gathered some family members and boarded a flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta. The hectic cross-country trip provided him more opportunities to think about what it would be like to see his son on a big league field for the first time.
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