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As Braves address rotation, Wright hurts chance

@mlbbowman
July 18, 2019

ATLANTA -- As the Braves attempt to exit this weekend maintaining their somewhat comfortable lead over the dangerous Nationals, they will get a better feel for the needs of a starting rotation that might not include Kyle Wright again any time soon. There was absolutely nothing pretty about Wright’s performance

Inciarte comes off IL; Braves recall Wright

Teheran, Soroka, Gausman to start final 3 games of set, respectively
@mlbbowman
July 18, 2019

ATLANTA -- Ender Inciarte has returned from his two-month absence, but the Braves’ three-time Gold Glove Award winner will now have to adapt to a backup role. “Just filling in,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said Thursday, when asked how he plans to use Inciarte. “I’m going to play him today.

Tight NL East race may impact Deadline deals

@matthewhleach
July 18, 2019

It’s just under two weeks until the Trade Deadline (note the absence of that old “non-waiver” descriptor), and virtually the entire National League is in position at least to dream about a playoff bid. That makes for an interesting Deadline, especially in the absence of August trades. The busy standings

Which prospects could be traded? Here are 30

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
July 18, 2019

The July 31 Trade Deadline looms, with a rule change this year now forbidding the use of waivers to make deals afterward. So if teams want to bolster their rosters and enhance their postseason possibilities via trades, they'll have to do so in the next couple of weeks. With that

Braves' 9th-inning rally vs. Crew falls short

Atlanta has rare rubber-game loss; Donaldson homers, drives in four
July 17, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Despite dropping their first series in more than a month, the Braves head home confident going into a four-game set against the Nationals. Starter Dallas Keuchel allowed homers to Manny Piña and Christian Yelich, and the Braves couldn’t overcome a five-run deficit in a 5-4 loss to the

Braves turn to fresh ace after lopsided affair

Wilson, bullpen roughed up; Atlanta held to Flowers' HR
July 17, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- With a series against the Brewers on the line, the Braves consider themselves fortunate to have Dallas Keuchel on board. After a 13-1 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night, the Braves can still win the three-game series with Keuchel starting the rubber game on Wednesday afternoon at Miller

Blister forces Fried to 10-day injured list

July 16, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The Braves placed left-hander Max Fried on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a blister on his left index finger. The move comes a day after the 25-year-old picked up his 10th victory of the season in Atlanta's 4-2 win over the Brewers. In a corresponding move, the

Here's each team's Heart & Hustle Award winner

July 16, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2019 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the

Markakis tracks down Play of the Week honors

July 15, 2019

A game-saving catch by the Braves’ Nick Markakis on Saturday at Petco Park was recognized as the first Play of the Week presented by W.B. Mason of the second half, MLB announced Monday. Markakis’ grab in Atlanta's 7-5, 10-inning win Saturday in San Deigo earned the Braves their first Play

Webb (elbow) placed on IL; Ynoa recalled

July 15, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Right-hander Jacob Webb was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a right elbow impingement and right-hander Huascar Ynoa from Triple-A Gwinnett. Webb is 4-0 with a 1.39 ERA, nine holds and two saves in 36 relief appearances with Atlanta. The move was retroactive to Saturday. Webb

Fried gets 10th win but exits due to blister

July 16, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Max Fried made the most of his extra rest and got his 10th win, but his best outing in almost two months was cut short by a blister. On eight days' rest, Fried tossed five scoreless innings in his first start in the second half while Freddie Freeman

Soroka stellar for 7, unfazed when HBP by pal

Freeman hits three-run blast in eighth as Braves complete sweep
@mlbbowman
July 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- As long as Mike Soroka can stop getting hit by pitches thrown by friends, he will keep himself in the thick of the National League Cy Young Award race and continue to draw praise from the many Braves teammates who continue to be amazed by the talent

Braves host regional Little League HR Derby

Eight East participants slug way to finals in Williamsport
July 14, 2019

ATLANTA -- From 1966-96 the Atlanta Braves’ home field, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was affectionately known -- by hitters, at least -- as The Launching Pad. On Sunday afternoon, the Braves’ new home field, SunTrust Park, went retro, with a nod to the days of The Launching Pad, hosting the East

NL East players to watch ahead of the Deadline

@JamalCollier
July 11, 2019

The National League East entered the year with the expectation that it would be the most exciting and competitive division in the Major Leagues. It has certainly been compelling through the first half of the season, even though the Braves have raced out to a six-game lead over the second-place

Jackson gets the save, but Markakis makes one

Right fielder's catch at the wall helps closer escape 10th-inning jam
@mlbbowman
July 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- One week after referring to Charlie Culberson as “Charlie Angels in the Outfield,” Luke Jackson once again breathed a sigh of relief when Nick Markakis arrived just in the nick of time to make what might have been a game-saving catch in the Braves’ 7-5, 10-inning win

Adding an arm key for Braves' division dreams

@mlbbowman
July 10, 2019

ATLANTA -- With all due respect to the 2010 club that made Bobby Cox’s final season quite memorable, this year marks the first time since '03 that the Braves might feel legitimate disappointment with anything short of a World Series title. Ronald Acuna Jr.’s return to the leadoff spot, Austin

Swarzak returns from IL after Dayton breaks toe

@mlbbowman
July 12, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Now that Anthony Swarzak has returned from the injured list, the Braves will have the remainder of this month to get a better feel for how to address their bullpen before the Trade Deadline. Swarzak was activated from the 10-day injured list before the Braves opened the

Here's 1 bold prediction for each team

@williamfleitch
July 10, 2019

The All-Star break is an opportunity to take a step back from the standings and our individual teams and simply enjoy stress-free, frictionless baseball for a couple of days. We get to catch our breath … before matters start getting crazy. This year in particular, madness is in store: Both

Acuna's HR worthy of Derby; Donaldson hits two

@mlbbowman
July 13, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Josh Donaldson hit two more opposite-field home runs and Dallas Keuchel delivered a third consecutive strong start. But the loudest blast heard at Petco Park during the Braves’ 5-3 win over the Padres on Friday night came courtesy of Ronald Acuña Jr., who has never worried about

Prospects we'd like to see in '20 Futures Game

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
July 11, 2019

Many of the top prospects in baseball showcased their talent last Sunday in the 21st annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which saw the American and National League squads play to a 2-2 tie in eight innings. While it proved a pitching-dominated event, those who tuned in were offered a glimpse

Braves' trio enjoys excitement of All-Star Game

Freeman, Acuna start for NL; Soroka tosses perfect 6th inning
@mlbbowman
July 10, 2019

Freddie Freeman introduced a national television audience to his easygoing sense of humor and Ronald Acuña Jr. got his first taste of the jewel event that might reserve a spot for him for many years to come. Meanwhile, Mike Soroka certainly took advantage of the chance to show why he

Break's over ... here are your Power Rankings

@alysonfooter
July 11, 2019

A change in the configuration of a couple of races in recent weeks is a good cautionary reminder that handing a division title to a team with three months left in the season is probably not the best idea. It wasn't that long ago that we were not only crowning