Teheran, 5-run 1st help Braves thump Mets

Teheran, 5-run 1st help Braves thump Mets

NEW YORK -- The Braves carried a six-game losing streak into Citi Field on Wednesday, while the Mets came into the night having lost four straight. Both streaks could not remain intact.

In the end, Julio Teheran's years-long mastery of the Mets trumped any more recent trends. The Braves starter held New York to two runs in 6 1/3 innings of an 8-2 victory, snapping Atlanta's funk while sending the Mets to their fifth straight defeat.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Wednesday.

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Citi Field dominance the standard for Teheran

Citi Field dominance the standard for Teheran

NEW YORK -- The numbers say what they say, and Julio Teheran isn't going to tell you to ignore them.

There's no reason for him to say that, because when the Braves right-hander faces the Mets, the numbers are all in his favor. When he pitches at Citi Field, it almost always goes well.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillips day to day with left groin strain

Phillips day to day with left groin strain

NEW YORK -- Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips exited Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Mets in the second inning with a left groin strain. The team listed him as day to day, and manager Brian Snitker said he could return to the lineup as soon as Friday night in Milwaukee.

"It tested out better than we first thought," Snitker said. "He might even be able to pinch-hit [Thursday]."

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Weigel seeking another strong start

Weigel seeking another strong start

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Kyle Tucker (Astros No. 2), Buies Creek at Winston-Salem (7 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Dickey set for return to NY vs. Syndergaard

Dickey set for return to NY vs. Syndergaard

R.A. Dickey says the Mets will always have a special place in his heart for helping him resurrect his career seven years ago. The feeling is mutual -- and not just for the 20-win Cy Young season he had for the Mets in 2012 -- as Dickey also brought them Noah Syndergaard. The pair will square off Thursday when the Braves and Mets complete a rain-shortened two-game series at Citi Field.

Dickey and Syndergaard are forever linked, as the trade that sent Dickey to the Blue Jays in December 2012 brought Syndergaard to the Mets. And from a 20-year-old pitching in Class A, Syndergaard has developed into one of the most dominating pitchers in the Major Leagues. Dickey will be able to see for himself on Thursday.

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Freeman confident Swanson will surge

Braves shortstop batting .139 through first 18 games of season

Freeman confident Swanson will surge

NEW YORK -- As bad as a .139 batting average looks, Freddie Freeman let Dansby Swanson know he has seen worse. He's done worse.

"He didn't start off .080," Freeman said Tuesday at Citi Field before the Braves and Mets were rained out.

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Braves promote Adams, designate d'Arnaud

Braves promote Adams, designate d'Arnaud

NEW YORK -- The Braves selected the contract of outfielder Lane Adams from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated utility man Chase d'Arnaud for assignment, the club announced Tuesday.

Adams signed with the Braves as a free agent in December. He was hitting .333 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 13 games for Gwinnett.

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Braves trio leads top prospects

Braves trio leads top prospects

Class A Advanced Florida's offense was shut out on Sunday for the first time this season. That was anything but the case on Tuesday, however, as the Fire Frogs erupted for 10 runs in the first inning before defeating Palm Beach, 22-2. Florida pounded out 18 hits including four home runs in the victory, with each starter collecting at least one hit and scoring one run.

Braves No. 7 prospect Ronald Acuna (No. 96 overall) established season highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his three-run triple in the first inning. The 19-year-old center fielder later added his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning, to finish 3-for-5 at the plate.

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Inbox: What is Braves' biggest surprise of '17?

Beat reporter Mark Bowman answers questions from Atlanta fans

Inbox: What is Braves' biggest surprise of '17?

What's the biggest surprise to you so far? Pleasant and not so pleasant?
-- @A_A_ron_Smith

Look, we all know that the bench has managed to be even more problematic than envisioned, and that the bullpen has had its fair share of shaky outings. But many of these warts might have been less noticeable with some more consistent production from leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte, who has a .238 on-base percentage through the first 18 games.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves trade reliever Hernandez to Angels

Braves trade reliever Hernandez to Angels

ATLANTA -- As the Braves have evaluated multiple ways to improve their bullpen, they never gained the sense David Hernandez would serve as a viable solution, at least not before he would have a chance to opt out of his Minor League contract next week.

So instead of simply losing the veteran reliever without gaining anything in return, the Braves traded Hernandez to the Angels on Monday for a player to be named or cash considerations.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harrington makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Harrington makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (April 17-23) is led by an all Milwaukee Brewers outfield, with Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Demi Orimoloye all earning a spot. This marks the first time one team has accounted for all three outfield spots on the Team of the Week.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rain washes out Braves-Mets series opener

Rain washes out Braves-Mets series opener

NEW YORK -- Rain postponed the first game of a three-game series Tuesday between the Mets and Braves. The clubs will make up the game as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Sept. 25 at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Robert Gsellman will pitch Wednesday, opposite right-hander Julio Teheran.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Confident Foltynewicz K's 9 in dominant start

Right-hander allows one run over seven innings as Braves fall to Phillies

Confident Foltynewicz K's 9 in dominant start

PHILADELPHIA -- If Mike Foltynewicz continues to make strides this season, the Braves might recall their current frustrating stretch as when they gained a legitimate frontline starter.

Building off Tuesday's seven-inning start against the Nationals, Foltynewicz took the mound at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon in a relaxed mood. He confidently spun his slider during a nine-strikeout effort that went for naught. The Phillies recorded back-to-back-to-back home runs in the eighth vs. the Atlanta bullpen to claim a 5-2 win over the Braves, who have lost six straight.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Braves-Phillies' similarities could lead to rivalry

Rebuilding franchises on parallel track toward contending in NL East

Braves-Phillies' similarities could lead to rivalry

PHILADELPHIA -- Some baseball rivalries have historic foundations that survive the ages. Dodgers-Giants. Yankees-Red Sox. Cardinals-Cubs. Others are more temporal, based on trends that pull franchises toward each other.

That might just be happening right now with the Braves and Phillies. And just because the competition doesn't have deep roots doesn't make it any less compelling.

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Paul Hagen is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wisler called up to provide fresh arm out of 'pen

Wisler called up to provide fresh arm out of 'pen

PHILADELPHIA -- As the Braves adjust to their transition to a seven-man bullpen that is stacked with relievers who are out of Minor League options, they may attempt to keep their relief corps fresh by routinely promoting Luke Jackson, Aaron Blair or Matt Wisler to experience short stints on the big league roster.

It was Wisler's turn on Sunday, as he was called up to fill the roster void created by Blair being sent back to Gwinnett to get a chance to resume serving as a starting pitcher. Blair did not pitch during the three games he spent on Atlanta's roster after being called up on Thursday to replace Jackson, who was sent down because he had pitched each of the previous three days.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Foltynewicz solid through 7; bullpen falters

Foltynewicz solid through 7; bullpen falters

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies are not a home run-hitting team, but they showed some serious muscle late in Sunday afternoon's 5-2 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

They hit back-to-back-to-back home runs to break a tie and sweep the Braves. Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run home run off Arodys Vizcaino to hand the Phillies a two-run lead. Aaron Altherr followed and ripped a solo homer into the Phillies' bullpen in center field, and Odubel Herrera hit a solo shot to left-center field against Ian Krol to make it a four-run game. The Phillies have won six of their last eight games to improve to 9-9.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Allard hurls five scoreless frames for M-Braves

Allard hurls five scoreless frames for M-Braves

It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago.

The 19-year-old left-hander, already pitching for Double-A Mississippi, has a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts of 2017 after tossing five scoreless innings against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Allard scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

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Hard-hit balls not falling for Swanson

Hard-hit balls not falling for Swanson

PHILADELPHIA -- What had the makings of a night when Dansby Swanson could jubilantly walk out of the clubhouse feeling like the tide had just turned, instead turned into one that none of the Braves want to relive any time soon.

After a leadoff single in the top half of the 10th inning Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park to help give the Braves the lead, Swanson was involved in one of the tough-luck ground balls that closer Jim Johnson induced during the bottom half of the 10th before Maikel Franco's two-out, two-run single that gave the Phillies a 4-3 win.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phillips extends streak, but Braves fall

Phillips extends streak, but Braves fall

PHILADELPHIA -- How in the world did the Phillies win Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park?

They blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning and allowed the go-ahead run in the 10th, but they scored twice in the bottom of the 10th in improbable fashion for a 4-3 victory over the Braves.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Colon never shy about going after strike zone

Colon never shy about going after strike zone

PHILADELPHIA -- As Braves catcher Tyler Flowers sat behind the plate for Bartolo Colon's start against the Phillies on Friday night, he certainly wasn't reminded of any of those days when he was with the White Sox serving as Chris Sale's batterymate.

Per Statcast™, among the 73 Major League pitchers who have thrown at least 5,000 pitches since the start of the 2015 season, Sale ranks fifth with a 14.32 missed swing-and-miss rate. Colon ranks last as opponents have missed with only 6.76 percent of the swings they have taken against him within this span.

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Jackson slugs sixth homer for Fire Frogs

Jackson slugs sixth homer for Fire Frogs

Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.

One of the team's two uber-prospects along with shortstop Gleyber Torres, Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, accounting for the only offense in the RailRiders' 1-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

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Braves hope offense clicks to join Freeman

Braves hope offense clicks to join Freeman

ATLANTA -- As Freddie Freeman continues to produced incredible statistics through this season's first three weeks, the potential value of his contributions has been diminished by the lack of consistent production created within the first two spots of the Braves' lineup.

When Freeman drilled a mammoth solo homer during the sixth inning of Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, he found himself with seven homers and a total of just nine RBIs. Six of his seven homers have been solo shots and he has totaled just four at-bats with a runner in scoring position over this season's first 16 games.

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Garcia's late homer not enough vs. Phils

Garcia's late homer not enough vs. Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin combed through the batter-pitcher matchups hours before Friday night's game against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park and found only limited success against Bartolo Colon.

But the Phillies picked up 11 hits and four runs in seven innings against Colon in a 4-3 victory. Colon had been 10-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 14 starts against the Phillies the previous three seasons with the Mets. The Phillies had picked up more than six hits against him in just four of those 14 starts. They had never had more than 10, which happened once, in July 2014.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Gohara goes 7 scoreless, drops ERA to 1.29

Gohara goes 7 scoreless, drops ERA to 1.29

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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Dickey duels with Strasburg, but Braves fall

Dickey duels with Strasburg, but Braves fall

ATLANTA -- Ryan Zimmerman foiled R.A. Dickey's bid for a gem and Stephen Strasburg kept Freddie Freeman's bat quiet as the Nationals completed a three-game sweep with Thursday night's 3-2 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

"All games in our division are important," Zimmerman said. "They're a good, young team that's going to continue to get better. This year, there's really no easy games in our division. So any time you can go on the road and take three, it's a plus."

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dickey understands pinch-hit decision vs. Nats

Righty was in good shape after 7 innings in matchup with Strasburg

Dickey understands pinch-hit decision vs. Nats

ATLANTA -- It has not been surprising to see the Braves' bench struggle to begin the season. But manager Brian Snitker still opted to take the conventional route when he pulled an efficient R.A. Dickey during the seventh inning of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Nationals and gave Emilio Bonifacio another chance to deliver as a pinch-hitter.

"You can go either way," Snitker said. "If I did it 10 times, I'd probably be half and half. I was kind of thinking offensively right there. Boni could put one in the gap or put one in the hole, and we've got first and third and could have had a big inning."

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Snitker: No concern over Swanson's slow start

Snitker: No concern over Swanson's slow start

ATLANTA -- After Dansby Swanson batted .302 through the first 129 at-bats of his Major League career last year, the Braves anticipated their young shortstop would experience a learning curve once enough data was collected for opposing pitchers to make their necessary adjustments.

That doesn't mean the Braves expected Swanson would exit Wednesday night's loss to the Nationals with a .131 (8-for-61) batting average. But it's not like this slow start has created great concern for Atlanta manager Brian Snitker, who opted to keep his rookie shortstop out of the starting lineup for Thursday night's series finale at SunTrust Park.

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Kemp activated; Blair added for long relief

Kemp activated; Blair added for long relief

ATLANTA -- The Braves activated Matt Kemp from the 10-day disabled list and placed him back in the middle of their lineup Thursday with the hope he will pick up where he left off before he strained his left hamstring on April 7.

Before Thursday night's series finale against Washington, Atlanta also recalled right-hander Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett. Infielder Johan Camargo and right-handed reliever Luke Jackson were optioned to Gwinnett.

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