4/16/2014 | Pendleton: Players need to know Jackie's history
Former Braves infielder and current first-base coach Terry Pendleton had the opportunity to speak with Pee Wee Reese, a teammate of Jackie Robinson's when he broke the color barrier, and Pendleton emphasized the importance of players knowing "who paved the way for them."
4/16/2014 | Teheran dominates Phillies with three-hit shutout
Julio Teheran was masterful in the Braves' 1-0 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night, tossing a complete game. Evan Gattis went 4-for-4 and provided the game's only run with a homer.
4/16/2014 | Kimbrel has successful 'pen session
Craig Kimbrel, who sat out of consecutive games before Tuesday's rainout, didn't make a big deal of the shoulder soreness that crept up on him Saturday night. He appeared confident after his session before the Braves' game against the Phillies at Citizens' Bank Park.
4/15/2014 | Braves a model of efficiency, smart moves
If these first two weeks have reminded us of anything, it's that the Atlanta Braves still do things right, that it would be almost impossible to find a franchise operated more smartly or efficiently.
4/15/2014 | Rain postpones Braves' game in Philadelphia
With rain already falling on Citizens Bank Park and an even worse forecast for later in the night, the Braves' game against the Phillies on Tuesday was postponed. Instead of playing two games on Wednesday, the game will be made up as part of a four-game series from June 27-29 at Citizens Bank Park, although the specific date has not been announced.
4/15/2014 | Lee to take on Teheran after Robinson honored
After Tuesday's rainout, the Phillies plan to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday in a major celebration befitting the Hall of Fame trailblazer before Cliff Lee and the Braves' Julio Teheran take the mound at Citizens Bank Park.
4/15/2014 | Braves amazed and happy to have Santana
Ervin Santana was an afterthought as a free agent last winter, not signing with the Braves until a couple of weeks into the Grapefruit League schedule. After two starts in an Atlanta uniform, he has an 0.64 ERA.
4/14/2014 | Uggla's grand slam caps five-homer night for Braves
The Braves used five home runs, including a grand slam by Dan Uggla in the top of the ninth, to power past the Phillies in a 9-6 win at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night.
4/14/2014 | Kimbrel given night off with soreness in shoulder
Craig Kimbrel was given the night off after experiencing some soreness in his shoulder on Saturday night after he picked up his fifth save in as many chances this season in a win over the Nationals.
4/14/2014 | Floyd, Minor remain on target for returns
Gavin Floyd and Mike Minor both had quality outings on Sunday, with Floyd allowing two runs (one earned) in 3 2/3 innings of work for Triple-A Gwinnett and Minor (sore shoulder) throwing five scoreless innings for Class A Rome in which he allowed just one hit.
4/14/2014 | Fredi gives Johnson another day of rest
For the second straight game, Chris Johnson was not in the starting lineup. Johnson, who played in the first 10 games of the season, hit just .182 on the most recent homestand and is being given some rest.
4/14/2014 | J. Upton wins NL Player of the Week
After posting the most impressive week among baseball's offensive players, Braves outfielder Justin Upton was named the National League's Player of the Week for April 7-13.
4/13/2014 | Ervin eyes encore as hot-hitting Braves hit Philly
Braves right-hander Ervin Santana was literally in the zone during his first start in an Atlanta uniform, setting a Major League record by firing 20 consecutive strikes to begin the game against the Mets on Wednesday. Santana will try to keep that up Monday in his second career start at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
4/13/2014 | Hot streak leads J. Upton to ditch flip drill
As Justin Upton progressed through the early stages of his most recent hot streak, he and Braves hitting coach Greg Walker determined his pregame ritual will no longer include the flip drill, during which a player swings at balls flipped to them by a coach who is positioned just a few feet away.
4/13/2014 | Simmons makes first career start in No. 5 spot
When Andrelton Simmons glanced at the starting lineup upon arriving at Turner Field for Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Nationals, he initially thought he was not playing. But upon further examination, the Braves shortstop learned he was nestled in the unfamiliar fifth spot of the lineup.
4/13/2014 | Gearrin will be third Braves pitcher to have Tommy John
Reliever Cory Gearrin will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. He will fly on Tuesday to New York, where Dr. David Altchek will perform the procedure.
4/13/2014 | Pastornicky makes first start of season
Two years ago, Tyler Pastornicky was the Braves' Opening Day shortstop. Two weeks into the 2014 season, Pastornicky earned his first start off the bench in Sunday's series finale against the Nationals.
4/13/2014 | Homers highlight scoring outburst, sweep
Home runs from Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman fueled yet another early-inning uprising that helped the Braves complete a three-game sweep with Sunday afternoon's 10-2 win over the Nationals. Andrelton Simmons added a homer and Aaron Harang spun a gem.
4/12/2014 | Group effort: Braves secure series vs. Nationals
Justin Upton has spent the past few days proving he is up to the task of helping Freddie Freeman carry the load. But he was far from the only Braves player who backed Alex Wood's determined effort in Saturday night's 6-3 win over the Nationals at Turner Field.
4/12/2014 | Out call at first base stands after Nats challenge
The Nationals challenged a close play at first base in the third inning of the Braves' 6-3 victory at Turner Field on Saturday night, and the play stood as called.
4/12/2014 | Back to bench, Pena benefits from at-bats
Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons returned to the lineup Saturday after missing two games with a jammed right wrist. Despite returning to the bench after back-to-back starts, Ramiro Pena said the starts helped him develop "good rhythm" both at the plate and defensively.
4/12/2014 | Resiliency a virtue not lost on Johnson
Chris Johnson understands he is bound to experience frustration similar to what he felt when he struck out in each of his four plate appearances against the Mets on Thursday night. But the Braves third baseman also understands the value of quickly bouncing back, like he did with an influential three-hit performance in Friday night's 7-6 win over the Nationals in 10 innings.
4/12/2014 | Uggla's error too much for Teheran to overcome
As Julio Teheran struggled with his command during Friday night's 7-6, 10-inning win over the Nationals, he escaped a fourth-inning threat without much harm. But his attempt to produce another escape act the following inning proved unsuccessful when he was forced to overcome second baseman Dan Uggla's throwing error.
4/12/2014 | Expect high drama when Nationals, Braves clash
Tension has permeated recent chapters of the Braves-Nationals rivalry as the two clubs have battled for supremacy in the National League East. Feeding the tension is how close the two clubs have played each other, with one run deciding 12 of the past 20 meetings.
4/11/2014 | J. Upton hits late tying homer, then wins it in 10th
Justin Upton provided life with a game-tying eighth-inning home run and then produced a soft opposite-field single that scored the speedy Jordan Schafer and enabled the Braves to exhale at the conclusion of Friday night's eventful 7-6 win over the Nationals in 10 innings.
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