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Brian McCann, Dan Uggla Homer to Help Atlanta Braves Sweep Philadelphia Phillies
July 8th, 2012 at 9:13 PM
After struggling most of the first half of the season, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann has finally rediscovered his stroke. He homered in his fourth straight game to lift the Bravos to a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies in a 4-3 game to head into the All-Star break. McCann's go-ahead shot...

Brian McCann Homers in Third Straight, Atlanta Braves Series from Philadelphia Phillies
July 8th, 2012 at 8:48 AM
The Atlanta Braves seem to have found their stride heading into the All-Star break. Brian McCann hit a home run in his third straight game, and Tommy Hanson recovered from a rough second inning en route to the Braves' third straight victory, downing the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 at Citizens Bank...

Tim Hudson Backed by Brian McCann Grand Slam in Atlanta Braves Win Over Philadelphia Phillies
July 7th, 2012 at 8:46 AM
The bulldog known as Tim Hudson ruined the return of Ryan Howard by throwing seven shutout innings, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-0 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Hudson's effort was backed by a grand slam by Brian McCann. Manager Fredi Gonzalez and head trainer Jeff Porter had to...

Atlanta Braves Back Mike Minor with Four Homers, Split Series with Chicago Cubs
July 6th, 2012 at 8:34 AM
The Atlanta Braves teed off for four home runs off the Chicago Cubs to back a strong start by Mike Minor on Thursday. The 7-3 win at Turner Field salvaged a split in the four-game series. Minor held the Cubs hitless through 4 1/3 innings, only losing the no-hit bid and...

Ben Sheets Starts First Game in Minors for Atlanta Braves
July 5th, 2012 at 9:57 AM
Newly signed Atlanta Braves pitcher Ben Sheets made his first start in nearly two years on Wednesday. He threw five innings for Double-A Mississippi to start his attempt at a comeback to the majors. With a fastball clocked in the low 90s, consistent with his recent workouts, Sheets gave up four...

Five-Hit Game for Chipper Jones Lifts Atlanta Braves Over Chicago Cubs
July 4th, 2012 at 8:39 AM
On the same day he was announced as a National League All-Star, Chipper Jones had one of the best games of his career with a five-hit game, giving the Atlanta Braves a vital offensive spark in their 10-3 win over the Chicago Cubs Tuesday at Turner Field. The game, during which...

Bats Shut Down as Atlanta Braves Fall 4-1 to Chicago Cubs
July 2nd, 2012 at 10:58 PM
The Atlanta Braves are evidently not a fan of Mondays. Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago Cubs shut down the Braves in a 4-1 victory on Monday night in the series opener in Atlanta. Samardzija certainly did not look like the same pitcher who had posted a 12.27 ERA over his last four...

Chipper Jones and Michael Bourn Among Finalists for MLB All-Star Game Final Vote
July 2nd, 2012 at 7:57 PM
Atlanta Braves teammates Chipper Jones and Michael Bourn are among the five finalists eligible for the Final Vote to participate in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Jones, who announced in spring training that this season would be his last, is hitting .292 with six home runs, 29 RBIs, and...

Andrelton Simmons Named National League Rookie of the Month
July 2nd, 2012 at 7:02 PM
Only a month into his Major League career, Atlanta Braves rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons was named the National League Rookie of the Month for the month of June. Simmons was called up on May 30 to shore up the defense at shortstop with the thought that any offensive production would just...

Tim Hudson Gives up Six Runs in Atlanta Braves Loss to Washington Nationals
July 1st, 2012 at 7:20 PM
Tim Hudson again ran into first inning troubles when the Washington Nationals tagged him for four runs in the first inning. It didn't get a whole lot prettier for the Atlanta Braves righty as the Nats took the series in an 8-4 ballgame Sunday at Turner Field. The loss for Hudson was...

Dan Uggla and Craig Kimbrel Named to National League All-Star Team
July 1st, 2012 at 3:50 PM
Two Atlanta Braves will be making the trip to Kansas City to play for the National League in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.  Second baseman Dan Uggla will start for the National League on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Uggla is batting .235 with 11 homers,...

Atlanta Braves Sign Ben Sheets to Minor League Deal
July 1st, 2012 at 3:30 PM
The Atlanta Braves, looking to make a move to bolster their starting rotation after the loss of Brandon Beachy to surgery, have signed four-time All-Star starting pitcher Ben Sheets to a minor league deal, braves.com reports. He will make his first start on Independance Day for Double-A MIssissippi. Sheets, who turns...

Atlanta Braves Survive Scorching Heat, Beat Stephen Strasburg and Washington Nationals
June 30th, 2012 at 9:07 PM
The Atlanta Braves tolerated record-setting temperatures Saturday afternoon at Turner Field, defeating Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 7-5 to even the series. With a first pitch temperature of 104 degrees - and eventually reaching an all-time Atlanta record of 106 - Strasburg lasted only three innings due to heat-related issues...

Atlanta Braves Rally Late but Lose Sloppy Game to Washington Nationals
June 30th, 2012 at 8:54 AM
As soon as Andrelton Simmons bailed out Randall Delgado from a loss and himself from a costly error in the third inning, the Atlanta Braves found themselves on the short end of a rally, dropping the series opener to the Washington Nationals 5-4 at Turner Field on Friday. The Braves scored...

Atlanta Braves Looking into Possible Trade for Jason Vargas
June 29th, 2012 at 6:01 PM
The Atlanta Braves, for some reason, are looking into acquiring starting pitcher Jason Vargas from the Seattle Mariners, Jason Stark reports. In their search for an "impact starting pitcher" to shore up the rotation, the Braves have scouting Vargas heavily. But there seem to be more than a few problems. The 7-7...

Atlanta Braves Blow Lead, Drop Series Finale 3-2 to Arizona Diamondbacks
June 29th, 2012 at 1:12 AM
The Atlanta Braves were on track to complete a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they were unable to hold the lead and lost 3-2 on Thursday night. Craig Kimbrel, who had not allowed a run since May 4, gave up a go-ahead home run to Chris Young in the top...

Chipper Jones’ Pre-Game Dance Keeps Atlanta Braves Loose
June 28th, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Chipper Jones has been feeling much better lately, and his pre-game dance in the last two games proves it. In an attempt to keep his Atlanta Braves teammates loose, Jones has performed a dance in the dugout prior to the past two games, both of which were wins.  "This game is fun...

Chipper Jones Hits 460th Career Homer in Atlanta Braves Win Over Arizona Diamondbacks
June 28th, 2012 at 8:24 AM
Chipper Jones launched his 460th career home run to propel the Atlanta Braves to a 6-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night at Turner Field. The sixth inning blast gave the Braves just enough cushion to survive a late rally by the D-Backs. Chipper went deep off Diamondbacks starter Trevor...

Tim Hudson Still Dominates Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves Open Homestand with Win
June 26th, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Entering their 10-game homestand, the longest of the season, the Atlanta Braves knew they had the right guy on the mound in Tim Hudson when they faced the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hudson shut down what had been a hot D-Backs offense in the Braves' 8-1 win Tuesday at Turner Field. It seemed...

Jason Heyward Named National League Player of the Week
June 25th, 2012 at 4:10 PM
Atlanta Braves's right fielder Jason Heyward has been on a tear of late and is finally receiving recognition for his performance. On Monday, Heyward was honored as National League Player of the Week for the week of June 18-24. In six interleague games last week, the 22-year-old hit a league-leading .522 (12-for-33) while also slugging a National League-best 1.130. Among...