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B.J. Upton Gets Second Day Off While Attempting to Fix Swing
May 28th, 2013 at 10:27 PM
There's no use pulling any punches. B.J. Upton has been awful as a member of the Atlanta Braves. Upton's absence from the lineup for the second straight day on Tuesday was meant to help him fix his horrifically flawed swing, which is an enormous work in progress. Braves hitting coach Greg Walker...

Atlanta Braves Need B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla to Produce
May 2nd, 2013 at 5:38 PM
Major League Baseball started the second month of the season yesterday, and one can start to see how things will pan out over the season. The unfortunate part for the Atlanta Braves is that neither B.J. Upton nor Dan Uggla has produced so far this season. Upton and Uggla both went 0-for-3...

Sam Holbrook Ejects B.J. Upton, Action Needed by Major League Baseball
April 20th, 2013 at 4:14 PM
B.J. Upton took a pitch low in the strike zone for strike three Friday night during as the Atlanta Braves were in the middle of losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates. On paper, it looked like he argued and umpire Sam Holbrook threw him out. Instead, Upton had his say on his...

Jason Heyward Showing Signs of Making Turnaround
April 15th, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Jason Heyward may be hitting just .103, but the Atlanta Braves right fielder is showing signs of improvement at the plate and may be poised for a big week. ***VIDEO1*** Heyward went 2-for-11 with a double and three walks in three games against the Washington Nationals. Those obviously aren't great numbers, but he...

Jason Heyward Puts in Extra Work, Attempts to Find Comfort Zone at Plate
April 10th, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Jason Heyward got the night off and Reed Johnson spelled him in the Atlanta Braves outfield during Tuesday night's win over the Miami Marlins. It was an opportunity for Heyward to unwind and relax as he looks to get comfortable at the plate. ***VIDEO1*** Heyward, whose only two hits came April 3...

Jason Heyward Gets Day Off After Slow Start
April 9th, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Jason Heyward is not in the starting lineup for Atlanta Braves for Tuesday night's game with the Miami Marlins after a tremendously slow start to his season. Mark Bowman tweets that Heyward has been "too tense" recently. ***PHOTO1*** That could explain Heyward's 2-for-24 (.083) average a week into the season. Both of his hits...

Evan Longoria Takes Shot at Atlanta Braves Center Fielder B.J. Upton
April 3rd, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria acknolwedged to the Tampa Tribune on Wednesday that he may have misspoke, but he made it clear that he didn't appreciate the mentality his former teammate and Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton brought to the field. Upton, who had been in the organization since...

Jason Heyward Gets Prime Locker in Atlanta Braves Clubhouse
March 31st, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Jason Heyward very well may end up as the new face of the Atlanta Braves, and he took a step closer when he was moved into the corner locker in the Turner Field clubhouse previously occupied by Chipper Jones and John Smoltz, braves.com reports. Heyward's new Turner Field abode is at...

Justin Upton to Wear No. 8 for Atlanta Braves, Let Fans Pick New Twitter Handle
January 28th, 2013 at 9:33 AM
The newly acquired Justin Upton will wear no. 8 this season for the Atlanta Braves, Dave O'Brien reports. Upton wore 10 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but everyone in the world knows that belongs to Chipper Jones and that it will be retired in the near future. Meanwhile, that means Uptons @Jus10Up10 is now...

Atlanta Braves Sign Blake DeWitt to Minor League Deal
December 6th, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The Atlanta Braves continue to add depth to their minor league system by signing former Chicago Cubs utility player Blake DeWitt. DeWitt, who has spent the majority of his time at second base and left field, spent last season with the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cubs. He was...

Left Field a Priority for Atlanta Braves at Winter Meetings
December 4th, 2012 at 8:47 AM
After signing B.J. Upton to play center field last week, the Atlanta Braves have just the left field spot to fill in their starting lineup plus a couple of bench spots. Mark Bowman tweets that the Braves have "minimal interest" in the current free agent market in left and may...

Atlanta Braves Claim Jordan Schafer Off Waivers from Houston Astros
November 1st, 2012 at 4:02 PM
The Atlanta Braves have claimed Jordan Schafer off waivers from the Houston Astros, mlbtraderumors.com reports. Schafer originally played in the Braves organization from 2005-11 before being shipped to Houston in July 2011 as part of the Michael Bourn trade. Schafer hit .211 with 27 stolen bases in 106 games last season while...

Jason Heyward Wins Rawlings Gold Glove Award
October 30th, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Jason Heyward further solidified his importance to the Atlanta Braves' future on Tuesday when he officially won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for right field position in the National League. Heyward beat out Andre Ethier and Jay Bruce as the other finalists en route to the first Braves Gold Glove since 2007,...

Atlanta Braves May Be Better Suited to Pursue Angel Pagan Over Michael Bourn
October 19th, 2012 at 9:19 AM
One of the biggest decisions that face the Atlanta Braves this offseason is what to do in center field. As of right now, general manager Frank Wren is faced with two options. Either unload gobs of money on Michael Bourn or look elsewhere in the free agent market. Bourn made $6.845...

Atlanta Braves Right Fielder Jason Heyward up for Hank Aaron Award
October 11th, 2012 at 2:59 PM
For the past twelve years, the Hank Aaron Award has been given to the top offensive player in each league. Past winners include players like Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols. Could Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward be next in line? Heyward has been nominated as a finalist representing...

Frank Wren Hopes to Keep Michael Bourn in Atlanta Braves Uniform
October 8th, 2012 at 4:10 PM
It looks like most of the 2013's Atlanta Braves lineup is already set, but general manager Frank Wren is facing the glaring question of whether he can lure Michael Bourn with a contract lucrative enough for his agent, Scott Boras. Bourn is eligible for free agency once the World Series is over,...

Eric Hinske Doesn’t Expect Atlanta Braves to Re-Sign Him
October 6th, 2012 at 8:14 PM
Eric Hinske struggled mightily in his third season with the Atlanta Braves, and it's expected that it will be his last. The 35-year-old Hinske set new career lows by hitting just .197 (26-for-132) with two home runs while striking out 41 times. Over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Hinske hit a combined 21 home...

Michael Bourn Finally Returns to Atlanta Braves Lineup
September 30th, 2012 at 1:56 PM
Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn has finally taken the field after missing six games with a sprained left thumb. Fredi Gonzalez originally didn't include Bourn in his lineup Sunday morning, but Bourn convinced him otherwise in the indoor batting cages at Turner Field, ajc.com reports. Bourn originally injured his thumb Sept. 22 in...

Michael Bourn Still Out of Lineup, Looks to Return Wednesday
September 25th, 2012 at 7:21 PM
Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn is out of the lineup for a second straight game after jamming his thumb on a head-first slide on Saturday. AJC.com reports that Bourn had an appointment with Braves hand specialist Gary Lourie on Monday and was cleared of any structural damage. Fredi Gonzalez had originally...

Atlanta Braves Outfielder Martin Prado Proving to Be Clutch
September 19th, 2012 at 1:59 PM
It's no question that the Atlanta Braves are desperate for Dan Uggla and Brian McCann to start producing like they are capable. However, perhaps there is no more important Braves position player than Martin Prado, who's proving to be one of the most clutch hitters in all of baseball. Prado's ability...