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Derek Lowe Has Repeat Performance, Atlanta Braves Now Tied for Wild Card
September 28th, 2011 at 8:27 AM
Derek Lowe was shelled for his 17th loss of the season Wednesday, meaning that once again, the Atlanta Braves will not be able to punch their playoff ticket until game 162. Lowe gave up a typical-for-this-season five runs in four-plus innings to the Philadelphia Phillies, starting with a homer to Chase...

Peter Moylan Faces Shoulder Surgery, George Sherrill Returns from Injury
September 27th, 2011 at 6:29 PM
Atlanta Braves reliever Peter Moylan will have surgery to repair a torn labrum and a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. A second opinion from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews confirmed the original diagnosis. The surgery will likely sideline Moylan for four to six months, but an official timetable...

Atlanta Braves Fall to Philadelphia Phillies, Wild Card Lead Stands at One
September 27th, 2011 at 8:08 AM
  Though the Atlanta Braves got to Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies early, the NL East champions shut down the Wild Card leaders after the second inning of Monday night's game. Though Lee gave up a solo homer to Chipper Jones in the first inning and an RBI double to Alex...

Atlanta Braves Shut Out by Washington Nationals, Wild Card Lead Down to One Game
September 26th, 2011 at 12:21 AM
The Atlanta Braves don't like to make it very easy for themselves. At this point in the season, every game is a must-win for the Braves. However, they were unable to mount any sort of offensive attack as they fell 3-0 to the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon. The Braves squandered...

Brandon Beachy Issues Walks, Atlanta Braves’ Wild Card Lead Down to Two Games
September 24th, 2011 at 7:33 PM
Brandon Beachy had trouble with his control again Saturday as the Washington Nationals shut down the Atlanta Braves. The crucial second game of the series shrank the Braves' Wild Card lead over the St. Louis Cardinals to two games with four games left. ***PHOTO1*** Though Beachy fanned nine batters in his six...

Atlanta Braves Shutout, Wild Card Lead Down to 1 1/2 Games
September 22nd, 2011 at 8:25 AM
Atlanta Braves fans may be in panic  mode, but the Braves themselves are simply hoping for an easier run in the last week of September than the first three. Former Brave Javier Vazquez threw seven shutout innings against them Wednesday for the Florida Marlins to shrink their Wild Card lead...

Chipper Jones Excused from Atlanta Braves for Son’s Surgery
September 21st, 2011 at 8:07 PM
Chipper Jones returned to Atlanta on Wednesday for a non-emergency surgery for one of his sons, ajc.com reports. Though the Atlanta Braves divulged no details, Fredi Gonzalez did say that the absence had been preapproved a couple of weeks ago, resulting in Martin Prado moving to third base and Jose Constanza...

Atlanta Braves Shutout Florida Marlins, Maintain Wild Card Lead
September 20th, 2011 at 11:56 PM
The Atlanta Braves went into Tuesday in desperate need of a win to prevent the St. Louis Cardinals from creeping to 1.5 games away from the Wild Card lead. What they got was five shutout innings from rookie Randall Delgado to even the series with the Florida Marlins. Delgado's five innings...

Tommy Hanson Pitches in Simulated Game, Nears Possible Return
September 20th, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Tommy Hanson pitched two pain-free innings in a simulated game on Monday and moved closer to a possible return to the Atlanta Braves' rotation. After previously throwing bullpen sessions without issue, Hanson took a big step by pitching in his first simulated game at the Braves' Spring Training complex in...

Florida Marlins Shock Atlanta Braves with Walk-Off Homer
September 20th, 2011 at 8:23 AM
The Atlanta Braves had the Florida Marlins down to the final strike Monday night, but this September does not seem to be playing nice to Atlanta. ***PHOTO1*** Up one run in the bottom of the ninth, Craig Kimbrel had an 0-2 count on Emilio Bonafacio. Bonafacio hit a high chopper to Chipper Jones, who...

Atlanta Braves Blow Lead Late in Game, Fall 7-5 to New York Mets
September 18th, 2011 at 11:21 PM
The Atlanta Braves are making the Wild Card race entirely too interesting. Despite coming back from a 4-1 deficit and taking the lead late in the game, the back end of the bullpen had a rare implosion as the Braves fell 7-5 to the New York Mets on Sunday afternoon. Brandon...

Atlanta Braves Ride Tim Hudson’s Gem Past New York Mets, Pad Wild Card Lead
September 18th, 2011 at 8:02 AM
The Atlanta Braves desperately needed a solid outing from their starting pitching after Derek Lowe's implosion Friday night. Tim Hudson stepped up in what can only be described as a clutch outing against the New York Mets to help Atlanta extend its Wild Card lead. ***PHOTO1*** Hudson locked horns with R.A. Dickey...

New York Mets Blow Out Atlanta Braves; Derek Lowe Throws Less than Three Innings
September 17th, 2011 at 9:26 AM
One thing is for sure - Derek Lowe's September from a year ago is not making an encore performance. The plagued Atlanta Braves righty was shelled by the New York Mets in the series opener Friday night, giving up six runs on nine hits while not getting out of the...

Alex Gonzalez Stays Hot, Lifts Atlanta Braves Over Florida Marlins
September 15th, 2011 at 9:14 AM
The Atlanta Braves knew this week that they had allowed the Wild Card race to get just a little too close, and a red hot Alex Gonzalez has stepped up in recent days. Gonzalez kept swinging a hot bat Wednesday to lead the Braves over the Florida Marlins. ***PHOTO1*** Gonzalez used three...

Tommy Hanson Hopeful About Possible Return After Successful Bullpen Session
September 14th, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson threw a pain-free bullpen session Wednesday morning and came away very encouraged. Hanson, who has been sidelined with shoulder tendonitis since August 6, threw 20 pitches off the mound to begin the session. After a short break, he came back to throw 24 more pitches. "My...

Brian McCann Hits Clutch Homer to Snap Atlanta Braves’ Skid, Even Series with Florida Marlins
September 14th, 2011 at 9:17 AM
Fredi Gonzalez's closed door team meeting Tuesday seemed to work as the Atlanta Braves snapped their season-long four-game losing streak to even the series with the Florida Marlins. Brian McCann entered the game hitting .159 since returning from the disabled list and blaming Monday night's loss on himself, but his three-run...

Atlanta Braves Fail to Capitalize, Fall to Florida Marlins in 12 Innings
September 13th, 2011 at 9:12 AM
The Atlanta Braves came to the plate 20 times with runners in scoring position Monday against the Florida Marlins, but they still could not push across the winning run as they dropped the series opener 5-4 for their fourth straight loss. Fresh off a 2-6 road trip, the Braves hoped that...

Tim Hudson Struggles, Atlanta Braves Swept by St. Louis Cardinals
September 11th, 2011 at 6:42 PM
When this week began, the Atlanta Braves had not been swept in a three or four-game series all season. They have now been swept by the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals in back-to-back three-game sets.  Tim Hudson had one of his worst starts of the season, and the Braves...

Atlanta Braves Fall Short in 4-3 Loss to St. Louis Cardinals
September 11th, 2011 at 2:51 PM
Derek Lowe gave up four early runs, and the Atlanta Braves were never able to recover as they lost 4-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday night. Lowe settled down to pitch six innings with six strikeouts while giving up four runs. While obviously not his best start, he held the...

Atlanta Braves Ride the Arm of Julio Teheran to Complete Doubleheader Sweep Against New York Mets
September 9th, 2011 at 12:44 AM
The Atlanta Braves managed to put their recent struggles in the rearview mirror as they completed a sweep of the New York Mets in a doubleheader on Thursday. Behind a strong performance by rookie pitcher Julio Teheran, the Braves finally figured out Dillon Gee and defeated the Mets 5-1 in...