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David Carpenter Ejected Protecting Gerald Laird in Dustup Between Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies: Video

June 12th, 2014 at 9:59 PM
By Cody Fields

David Carpenter was ejected from the Atlanta Braves' 10-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday after hitting Corey Dickerson with a pitch.

The incident occurred just one pitch after Dickerson caught Gerald Laird under the mask with a long follow through, resulting in Laird's early exit. Carpenter looked surprised to have been tossed and maintained his innocence in the situation.

"If you look at his at-bats the whole series, the ball has been out over the plate and he's hammered them pretty good," Carpenter said on braves.com. "So we were going to try to pound him in there. He took a decent hack at the one fastball I threw in there. It cut in on him a little bit. I threw a slider, he fouled it off. I just tried to run another fastball in. It ended up cutting on me and caught him."

Rockies manager Walt Weiss was also tossed, reportedly yelling at the Braves that the Rockies "owe you two," supposedly also figuring in Julio Teheran beaning Josh Rutledge in the head Wednesday.

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Atlanta Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez Named Coach for 2014 All-Star Game

June 11th, 2014 at 11:21 PM
By Cody Fields

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who will take the helm for the National League in this year's All-Star Game at Target Field, has added Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to his coaching staff.

Gonzalez was selected mainly for guiding the Braves to the National League East title last season, their first since 2005. He has also finished in the top five for NL Manager of the Year voting in all three years since he took over for Bobby Cox.

Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle will also coach the NL along with Gonzalez, while Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell tabbed Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

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Atlanta Braves Promote Tommy La Stella, Dan Uggla Stays with Club

May 28th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves have finally given second baseman Tommy La Stella his long awaited shot at the big leagues, Mark Bowman reports, just in time for the team's two-game series at Fenway Park.

La Stella, 25, .293 with a .384 on-base percentage in 47 games with Triple-A Gwinnett this year. He's by no means a power threat, but he puts the ball in play and gets on base.

Bowman also confirmed that while the Braves have yet to announce a corresponding move, Dan Uggla is staying with the big league club. With Tuesday's events, that could mean that Andrelton Simmons could be destined for the disabled list or that Tyler Pastornicky will be sent to the minors.

 

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Atlanta Braves Trade for Ryan Doumit from Minnesota Twins

December 19th, 2013 at 8:51 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves have acquired Ryan Doumit from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for 2011 first round draft pick Sean Gilmartin, Mark Bowman reports.

The 32-year-old Doumit hit 14 homers in 538 plate appearances last season. Atlanta currently plans on using him as a power bat coming off the bench, though he can also play first base, corner outfield and catcher.

Gilmartin has never lived up to his first round pick status with a 12-20 record over two years in the minors. He had an ugly 5.74 ERA with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2013.

It may sound crazy, but the Braves may also be positioning themselves to replace B.J. Upton if has another terrible year. Doumit has 400 or more at bats in four of his nine seasons.

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Atlanta Braves Avoid Arbitration with Brandon Beachy with One-year Deal

December 17th, 2013 at 8:40 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves got around salary arbitration with Brandon Beachy by signing the pitcher to a one-year contract worth $1.45 million, Chris Cotillo reports.

The 27-year-old Beachy only pitched 30 innings in 2013 while coming back from Tommy John surgery. He had a 4.50 ERA in five starts in a year plagued by setbacks.

Atlanta's rotation now figures to feature Beachy, Mike MInor, Kris Medlen, Julio Teheran and Gavin Floyd, with Alex Wood likely taking Floyd's spot in his Tommy John rehab.

Beachy was dominating with an MLB-leading 2.00 ERA over 80 innings when he went down with a partially torn UCL in 2012.

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