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Atlanta Braves Starting Shortstop Spot Still not Filled
March 19th, 2012 at 11:07 PM
The Atlanta Braves may have penciled in Tyler Pastornicky to start at shortstop this season, but Andrelton Simmons and his slick defensive play has turned some heads and produced a chance that he could take the job. Simmons has caused many to wonder if having a primarily plus-defender at shortstop would...

Atlanta Braves’ Mike Minor Continues to Impress as Team Ties Baltimore Orioles
March 18th, 2012 at 6:27 PM
The Atlanta Braves' Sunday afternoon contest with the Baltimore Orioles may have ended in an unexciting 2-2 tie, but Mike Minor gave the Braves plenty of reason to be optimistic. Minor pushed his spring scoreless innings streak to 14 by pitching five innings and giving up only two hits and...

Jason Heyward Lifts Atlanta Braves Over Houston Astros with Grand Slam
March 17th, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Jason Heyward is showing signs of his 2010 self again, most recently Friday night when his grand slam was the difference as the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 9-5. ***PHOTO1*** Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez retired the first two batters of the game, but the Braves strung together five two-out hits en...

Arodys Vizcaino to Visit Dr. James Andrews
March 15th, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Atlanta Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino managed to avoid Tommy John surgery for a partially torn tendon in his elbow in 2010, but he has an appointment on Monday with one of the most dreaded and feared men in all of baseball, Dr. James Andrews. Vizcaino has not thrown since feeling discomfort...

Jair Jurrjens Struggles as Atlanta Braves Lose 6-4 To Philadelphia Phillies
March 15th, 2012 at 8:09 PM
The Atlanta Braves continued their spring woes on Thursday afternoon, falling 6-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies to move their spring record to 2-11-1. Jair Jurrjens, the likely Opening Day starter for the Braves, gave up four earned runs on nine hits in four innings of work. He walked one and...

Tim Hudson Gets Back to Work After Being Cleared to Throw
March 15th, 2012 at 12:25 AM
After being cleared to throw on Tuesday, Tim Hudson returned to the Atlanta Braves and threw his first bullpen of Spring Training on Wednesday. ***PHOTO1*** "I'm ready to go," Hudson said. "The back is not a concern to me. I've just got to start getting my arm, legs and everything else ready...

Mike Minor Solid, Christhian Bethancourt Homers in Tie with Miami Marlins
March 13th, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Mike Minor made more of a case for him to take the fifth starter's spot for the Atlanta Braves by throwing four scoreless innings in a 2-2 tie against the Miami Marlins. ***PHOTO1*** Minor struck out four in his outing and threw 35 out of his 48 pitches for strikes. "I felt pretty...

Atlanta Braves Waive Brandon Hicks, Oakland A’s Then Claim Him
March 13th, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Brandon Hicks has met the end of his tenure with the Atlanta Braves. ***PHOTO1*** The 26-year-old infielder was was waived by the Braves and subsequently claimed by the Oakland A's on Tuesday. He was 1-for-10 with seven strikeouts in Grapefruit League play this year. Hicks spent most of last season with Triple-A Gwinnett,...

Chipper Jones: Retirement Comments Taken Out of Context
March 13th, 2012 at 8:56 PM
It was widely reported yesterday (Though not on Braves 101; that was our fault) that Chipper Jones had said he may not make it through tomorrow with the Atlanta Braves. He clarified on Tuesday that those comments were meant in jest. ***PHOTO1***   “Tomorrow might be my last day,” Jones told ajc.com. “I...

Brandon Beachy Struggles; Martin Prado, Freddie Freeman Have Big Day in Loss
March 12th, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Brandon Beachy struggled mightily with his control Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up five walks in three innings as the Atlanta Braves lost their eighth straight game. ***PHOTO1*** Beachy may have only given up one run, but he was not thrilled with the fact that he had to rely on a double...

Tim Hudson Throws Light Bullpen, Targets May 1 Return
March 11th, 2012 at 9:41 PM
Tim Hudson went through a light bullpen session on Sunday and is optimistic that he can return to the Atlanta Braves by May 1 "at the latest," Dave O'Brien reports. ***PHOTO1*** The light bullpen session meant that the catcher never even went into a squat, and Hudson will fly back to Atlanta...

Sean Gilmartin Sharp as Atlanta Braves Lose 9-5 to Toronto Blue Jays
March 11th, 2012 at 9:15 PM
The Atlanta Braves lost yet another spring training game, but they were able to take away several positives from the game. Sean Gilmartin was strong in his first start of the spring, and the Braves offense finally showed signs of life. ***PHOTO1*** Gilmartin, the Braves' 2011 first-round pick out of Florida State...

Tommy Hanson Returns to Mound in Heavy Rain
March 11th, 2012 at 8:32 PM
Tommy Hanson is finally two weeks removed from a concussion, and his shoulder is no longer bothering him. It just happened that the weather played a role in the rain-shortened Spring Training debut for the Atlanta Braves starter. ***PHOTO1*** In his first start since Aug. 6, Hanson was charged with three runs...

Arodys Vizcaino Sidelined with Elbow Inflammation
March 11th, 2012 at 3:37 PM
Atlanta Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino had a Tommy John scare in 2010; he is now hoping his latest incident is only a scare after developing pain in his throwing elbow. ***PHOTO1*** The 21-year-old has not pitched since experiencing pain in his elbow March 3 against the Detroit Tigers. An MRI a few days...

Jair Jurrjens Struggles with Control as Atlanta Braves Fall to New York Yankees
March 10th, 2012 at 9:05 PM
Jair Jurrjens seemed to take a step backward on Saturday; he struggled with his control as the Atlanta Braves lost yet another Spring Training game to the New York Yankees. ***PHOTO1*** Jurrjens was tagged for six walks, five hits and three runs in 2 1/3 innings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Jurrjens gave...

Randall Delgado, Julio Teheran Look Better; Atlanta Braves Drop Pair of Split-Squad Games
March 9th, 2012 at 8:40 PM
Atlanta Braves prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado were rocked in their Spring Training debut on Sunday, but the two performed much better in their respective split-squad games on Friday. ***PHOTO1*** Both pitchers are attempting to lockdown a spot in the starting rotation until Tim Hudson returns from offseason back surgery, but...

Tommy Hanson Schedule to Make Spring Debut Sunday
March 9th, 2012 at 8:42 AM
After sustaining a Grade 1 concussion in a one-car accident on Feb. 20, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson will finally make his first Spring Training start on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays in a split-squad game. ***PHOTO1*** Hanson threw his first live batting practice on Tuesday, and Fredi Gonzalez said...

Atlanta Braves Lose 2-1 to Baltimore Orioles, Drop Third in a Row
March 8th, 2012 at 9:54 PM
The Atlanta Braves' spring training struggles continued on Thursday, as they fell 2-1 to the Baltimore Orioles. The loss was their third in a row and dropped them to a 1-5 record in the spring. Despite the Braves' struggles, there were some positives in the game. Eric Hinske hit a solo home...

Atlanta Braves Offense Struggles in Third Straight Game
March 7th, 2012 at 6:55 PM
Heading into the spring, everyone knew the Atlanta Braves' pitching staff was going to be one of the best in the National League. However, not many experts predicted the Braves' offense would struggle so much early on. ***PHOTO1*** Starter Brandon Beachy was chased from the mound after just two innings of work as he allowed three hits and four earned...

Chipper Jones Scratched from Lineup, Freddie Freeman Breaks Car Window During BP
March 5th, 2012 at 8:41 PM
Atlanta Braves fans have nothing to worry about with Chipper Jones, Fredi Gonzalez insists, even though he was scratched from Monday's lineup with a sore leg. ***PHOTO1*** Gonzalez said that Jones is just being eased into things during Spring Training, especially with the fact that he will turn 40 soon. The whole...