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Alex Wood to Get Prescription Oakleys, Speaks on Vision Issues
June 10th, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Left-handed reliever Alex Wood is sporting a new look since he joined the Atlanta Braves with the addition of wearing glasses on the mound, but he's had to make a big adjustment. ***VIDEO1*** The 22-year-old rookie has always had trouble seeing signs at night due to astigmatism, so the new glasses just...

Don’t Get Too Excited About Dan Uggla’s Weekend
June 10th, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Dan Uggla has hit three homers over his last two games, and they were all pretty important to the Atlanta Braves in their quest to salvage a series split with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Even with his sudden outburst, one shouldn't get too excited - Uggla has always raked at...

Atlanta Braves Beat Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 on Andrelton Simmons Walk-off Double
June 5th, 2013 at 9:02 AM
The Atlanta Braves extended their winning streak to four games while riding the suddenly productive bats of Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton. But it was Andrelton Simmons who ultimately came through with a walk-off double in the 10-inning, 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field on...

Evan Gattis Stars in MLB Fan Cave Feature
June 4th, 2013 at 12:00 PM
The legend of Evan Gattis is apparently more impressive than we thought. The Atlanta Braves rookie was recently featured in an MLB Fan Cave video. ***VIDEO1*** Apparently, all of Gattis' odd jobs during his absence from baseball were really just a cover for his real job as a secret agent protecting the world...

Fredi Gonzalez Wants B.J. Upton Back in Lineup Soon
June 1st, 2013 at 11:30 AM
B.J. Upton has been out of the Atlanta Braves starting lineup for five out of the last seven games while he battles a horrific season-long slump, but Fredi Gonzalez wants to get him in the lineup. "I'm a believer that to get out of the funk, you have to play," Gonzalez...

Atlanta Braves Designate Juan Francisco for Assignment, Promote Alex Wood
May 30th, 2013 at 3:31 PM
The Atlanta Braves bolstered their bullpen Thursday by calling up left-hander Alex Wood from Double-A Mississippi. To make room for Wood, the Braves designated Juan Francisco for assignment, Dave O'Brien tweets. ***PHOTO1*** Francisco hit .241 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 115 at-bats. He also struck out 43 times and hit...

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...

Could Atlanta Braves Be Interested in Brian Wilson?
May 23rd, 2013 at 4:01 PM
The obvious need for the Atlanta Braves is a left-handed reliever, but more specifically a quality setup man now that both Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters are out for the year. Braves general manager Frank Wren is known to make unexpected moves, so could that involve signing Brian Wilson to...

Report: Atlanta Braves in Market for Left-Handed Reliever
May 21st, 2013 at 12:30 PM
With the loss of lefty relief pitchers Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters to Tommy John surgery, the Atlanta Braves are down to one left-handed arm in their bullpen in the form of Luis Avilan. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves are already shopping for a good southpaw for their bullpen...

Atlanta Braves Bullpen Still Strong with Loss of Eric O’Flaherty
May 20th, 2013 at 8:49 AM
The Atlanta Braves bullpen is riddled with injuries, but if they keep up their current pace, there is nothing to worry about. Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty are gone for the year with Tommy John surgery. Luis Ayala has been on the disabled list since late April with anxiety disorder. Cristhian...

Atlanta Braves Likely to Use Six-Man Bullpen
May 16th, 2013 at 6:00 PM
With Jason Heyward likely coming off the disabled list on Friday, the Atlanta Braves are faced with the tough decision on who to jettison from the 25-man roster, and it looks like they'll go with the now unconventional six-man bullpen. The plan would work better if Atlanta's starting pitchers go deep...

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...

Evan Gattis on Past: “All I Could Think About was Killing Myself”
April 30th, 2013 at 8:53 PM
The 26-year-old Evan Gattis is in the middle of a storybook rookie season for the Atlanta Braves, and while the generalities of his story are widely known, he delved into more detail with USA Today on Tuesday. ***VIDEO1*** Bob Nightengale dwells on the few days in 2007 when Gattis hit rock bottom. "I...

Chris Johnson to Start at Third Base for Atlanta Braves
April 22nd, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Both Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco have been hitting well for the Atlanta Braves, and Fredi Gonzalez was affirmative to Johnson taking over the third base job when Freddie Freeman returns from the disabled list. ***VIDEO1***   "He'll play third," Gonzalez said on braves.com. "The guy is leading the league in hitting." Johnson is...

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...

Andrelton Simmons Watches Video of Chipper Jones to Fix Swing
April 11th, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Andrelton Simmons was scuffling after Monday's game with the Miami Marlins, hitting a paltry .143, but the Atlanta Braves shortstop poured over video of the swing of Braves legend Chipper Jones and saw immediate results. Simmons studied video of Jones' swing on all 51 hits he accumulated while batting right-handed from...

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 Gattis Impresses Atlanta Braves with Glove
April 6th, 2013 at 1:19 PM
The main knock on Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis before he was called up was on his defense. Two games into his Major League career, he's essentially won over the critics of his defense with some solid skills behind the plate. ***VIDEO1*** Gattis' form in blocking pitches is textbook and actually better...