Braves acquire Huascar Ynoa in Garcia trade

Braves acquire Huascar Ynoa in Garcia trade

PHOENIX -- It took a little longer than desired and some restructuring, but the Braves eventually sent left-handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Twins.

Garcia and Minor League catcher Anthony Recker were traded to the Twins in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa and cash considerations on Monday afternoon. This was a move that has given Atlanta some financial flexibility to pursue Sonny Gray and other frontline controllable starting pitchers who could provide significant value over the next few seasons.

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Rodriguez's pinch-HR doesn't faze D-backs

Rodriguez's pinch-HR doesn't faze D-backs

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke did a little bit of everything Monday night as he tossed eight quality innings and drove in a run, and J.D. Martinez introduced himself to Arizona with a massive home run in a 10-2 victory over the Braves at Chase Field.

The D-backs jumped on Braves starter R.A. Dickey for three runs in the second inning, the first of which came on Greinke's line-drive double down the left-field line. Dickey (6-7) never seemed to be able to get command of his knuckleball, which he used to easily handle the D-backs 10 days ago, and turned in his shortest outing of the year at 3 2/3 innings.

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Braves hold MLB-best 9 of Top 100 Prospects

For first time, top 11 on list are all hitters; top eight are international signees

Braves hold MLB-best 9 of Top 100 Prospects

A year ago at this time, Alex Bregman of the Astros had ascended to the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. He had just been called up to the big leagues, and he graduated off the list before the season was over.

Fast forward to the official re-rank of the Top 100 in 2017. This time, it's a familiar face in the top spot: Yoan Moncada. But much like Bregman in '16, the fact that Moncada is holding on to the No. 1 slot in the Top 100 is overshadowed a bit by having been called up to the White Sox for the first time. One has to think he's going to follow a Bregman-esque path and play his way off of this list before the year is over.

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Blair likely for first turn in open rotation spot

Braves recall Wisler for bullpen depth after Garcia trade

Blair likely for first turn in open rotation spot

PHOENIX -- Braves manager Brian Snitker was not ready to commit to who will fill the rotation spot opened when Jaime Garcia was traded to the Twins on Monday afternoon. But it appears Aaron Blair will get at least one chance to reintroduce himself to Atlanta's rotation.

Blair completed just one inning during Sunday's start for Triple-A Gwinnett because the Braves wanted him to be available if necessary to make what would have been Garcia's next scheduled start -- Wednesday afternoon against the D-backs at Chase Field.

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Folty rolling into matchup with D-backs' Walker

Folty rolling into matchup with D-backs' Walker

Taijuan Walker had an excellent reason for missing his last scheduled start; his wife gave birth to their son, Zayden, on Thursday. Walker is back from paternity leave and will take the mound Tuesday for the D-backs in the second game of a three-game series with the Braves in Phoenix.

His last time out, July 14 in Atlanta, the right-hander held the Braves to two runs over six innings in a no-decision.

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Acuna does it all for Gwinnett

Acuna does it all for Gwinnett

In many ways, Monday belonged to Ronald Acuna.

Acuna made the largest jump of any player in MLB Pipeline's freshly revamped Top 100 Prospects list, going from No. 86 all the way up to No. 8, as well as from No. 7 to No. 1 on the Braves' new Top 30 list.

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Braves rue missed chances after Kershaw exits

Atlanta, unable to capitalize until 9th, has to settle for series split

Braves rue missed chances after Kershaw exits

LOS ANGELES -- As Clayton Kershaw left the mound with a lower back injury in the top of the second inning of the Dodgers' 5-4 win, the Braves saw an opportunity to strike.

The Dodgers' nearly untouchable ace was gone and what was left was the Dodgers bullpen. But for six innings, the Braves offense was stagnant, only mustering four hits and one run.

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Prospects Acuna, Albies at Braves' doorstep

Both remain focused on honing craft at Triple-A

Prospects Acuna, Albies at Braves' doorstep

ATLANTA -- Ronald Acuna understands the underlying message when somebody discusses his rapid rise to the Triple-A level and includes something along the lines of "And, he's only 19 years old."

"When people say I'm only 19, I think they're only saying it because they believe I'm too young to be in this league," Acuna said through an interpreter.

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Gohara, Sims impress in upper Minors

Gohara, Sims impress in upper Minors

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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Adams' homer not enough as Braves fall in 10

Adams' homer not enough as Braves fall in 10

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers rallied for a wild 5-4 walk-off win over the Braves on Sunday with Logan Forsythe's one-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th, overcoming the loss of MLB wins leader Clayton Kershaw after two innings to another lower back injury and closer Kenley Jansen's first blown save of the year.

"We won a game, and we've got to make sure Clayton's fine, and we're holding out hope," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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Teheran hits speed bump in first road loss

Braves right-hander allows three homers against Dodgers

Teheran hits speed bump in first road loss

LOS ANGELES --- Braves righty Julio Teheran has been much more successful pitching on the road than at Suntrust Park this season.

Coming into Saturday night's start at Dodger Stadium, Teheran had produced a 6-0 record in nine road games, had a 2.53 ERA and was one of two pitchers in the Majors to make at least eight starts and not record a road loss. But at home, the righty has a 1-7 record and a 7.05 ERA in 51 innings over 10 starts.

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Braves overpowered by Dodgers in loss

Braves overpowered by Dodgers in loss

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager, Chase Utley and Chris Taylor homered Saturday night at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers returned to their slugging and winning ways with a 6-2 victory over the Braves, snapping their two-game losing streak.

Dodgers starter Rich Hill (7-4) struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings and is 4-0 in his career against Atlanta. He is 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA since modifying his delivery six starts back. Braves starter Julio Teheran (7-8) is 0-6 in his career against the Dodgers.

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Jaime slams the brakes on Dodgers' Wood

Jaime slams the brakes on Dodgers' Wood

LOS ANGELES -- Rumored Atlanta trade chip Jaime Garcia pitched seven solid innings and slugged a grand slam Friday night as the Braves handed former teammate Alex Wood his first loss of the year and the Dodgers their second loss in a row, a 12-3 rout at Dodger Stadium.

Garcia's third career homer, on an 0-2 pitch, was the first slam by an Atlanta pitcher since 1966. It capped a five-run fifth inning and ended the night for Wood (11-1), whose ERA jumped from 1.56 to 2.17. Tyler Flowers slugged a three-run homer off reliever Grant Dayton in the sixth inning, also on an 0-2 pitch. Estimated by Statcast™ at 447 feet, it tied Brandon Phillips for the longest Braves home run of the year.

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Grand plan: Garcia lifts Braves amid rumors

Lefty cruises over 7 innings, belts GS off Dodgers' Wood

Grand plan: Garcia lifts Braves amid rumors

LOS ANGELES -- A day earlier, it seemed Jaime Garcia wouldn't be pitching on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. It was even less likely that he would be hitting a grand slam en route to a 12-3 win over the MLB-best Dodgers.

Instead, the 31-year-old veteran was rumored to be headed to Minnesota to help bolster the Twins' rotation as they made a run for the American League Central crown, but those trade talks stalled and the Braves sent their trade chip to the mound to face a red-hot Dodgers squad.

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Suzuki on bereavement list; Recker called up

Veteran catcher attending grandfather's funeral, to return Monday

Suzuki on bereavement list; Recker called up

LOS ANGELES -- Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki was placed on the bereavement list and the contract of Anthony Recker was selected from Triple-A Gwinnett, the club announced on Friday.

Suzuki left the team to attend his grandfather's funeral in Hawaii, which is where the 33-year-old veteran catcher is from. The Braves released lefty Eric O'Flaherty to make room on the 40-man roster for Recker.

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Schuerholz humbled to enter Hall with legends

Schuerholz humbled to enter Hall with legends

ATLANTA -- Those who have had the pleasure of being introduced to John Schuerholz's elegant and substantive communication skills have often said he could roll out of bed and steal the attention of any room with a speech he might not have previously prepared.

Blessed with the ability to educate and lead via the expression of the knowledge he has gained while spending more than a half-century within the baseball world, Schuerholz has established himself as one of the greatest executives in professional sports history. But now that it's time for him to gain his game's greatest honor, Schuerholz admits he was somewhat challenged as he attempted to provide proper thanks and context within the speech he has prepared to deliver on July 30, when he is inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame.

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Toussaint fans 11 in gem for Fire Frogs

Toussaint fans 11 in gem for Fire Frogs

It's not a secret that when Touki Toussaint is right he can miss bats with the best of them.

That was the case on Friday, as the Braves' No. 11 prospect matched his career highs with 11 strikeouts in eight innings as he recorded his second straight double-digit strikeout performance for Class A Advanced Florida.

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Freeman returns from virus, hits 2 RBI singles

Braves infielder says he felt 'terrible' during Thursday's game

Freeman returns from virus, hits 2 RBI singles

LOS ANGELES -- With a mask over his face and a blanket wrapped around his body, Braves third baseman Freddie Freeman tried to sleep away his pain on a cross-country flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles.

One day removed from dealing with a virus that forced an early exit in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs, Freeman prepared for Thursday's series opener against the Dodgers, a 6-3 win that snapped L.A.'s 11-game win streak.

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Suzuki, Braves' offense strike early vs. Dodgers

Suzuki, Braves' offense strike early vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Braves crashed the party at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night with a 6-3 victory, snapping the Dodgers' 11-game win streak. It was just Los Angeles' fifth loss in its last 36 games.

Freddie Freeman had two hits and two RBIs, while Kurt Suzuki added a two-run homer to back a strong start from Mike Foltynewicz, as the Braves ended their three-game skid. Foltynewicz allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five. The Braves right-hander has gone 5-0 in his last nine starts, striking out 51 and walking 21, while posting a 3.33 ERA and limiting opponents to a .248 average.

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Dickey reaches milestone, logs 2,000th inning

Braves knuckleballer is 26th pitcher to accomplish feat since 2001

Dickey reaches milestone, logs 2,000th inning

ATLANTA -- A little more than two decades since seeing his prospect status erased by the revelation of a congenital defect, Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has reached a milestone that highlights the determination and dependability he has shown throughout his professional career.

Dickey could fully appreciate the significance of completing his 2,000th career inning during Wednesday's 8-2 loss to the Cubs at SunTrust Park. But as he accounts for how well he has pitched over the course of the past month, the 42-year-old veteran is not ready to simply reminisce about a career that appears to be far from complete.

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Soroka fans 12 for Mississippi

Soroka fans 12 for Mississippi

Astros prospects Daz Cameron and Ronnie Dawson put up monster numbers to help lead Class A Quad Cities to a 20-3 win over Lansing on Wednesday night.

The duo combined to go 6-for-9 with two triples, three home runs, four runs scored and eight RBIs on a night where everything went right for the River Bandits' offense.

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Inciarte, Flowers HRs not enough in finale loss

Inciarte, Flowers HRs not enough in finale loss

ATLANTA -- As the early portion of the season's second half has unfolded, the Cubs have altered the National League's playoff picture and begun the surge many have long anticipated they would make. The defending World Series champions captured their sixth straight victory and completed a three-game sweep with Wednesday afternoon's 8-2 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

"We won six in row, and we have this momentum," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I guess, synonymously, the vibe has been different. The vibe and energy has been great, and I want to see that continue."

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Growing pains emerge as Newcomb faces best

After impressing in first 4 starts, Braves prospect has learned lessons vs. Astros, Nats, Cubs

Growing pains emerge as Newcomb faces best

ATLANTA -- As encouraging as Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb was during the first four starts of his career, there was certainly reason to anticipate he would eventually experience the inevitable growing pains that he felt once again during Tuesday night's 5-1 loss to the Cubs at SunTrust Park.

"All you can do is learn from it and keep moving forward while trusting my stuff," Newcomb said. "I know if I keep moving forward, I know I can get people out with any of my pitches. ... I think I just need to slow it down and keep doing what I was doing when I got here and just keep attacking."

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Braves likely to return to 8-man bullpen

Snitker initially preferred 5-man bench before evaluating staff during Tuesday loss

Braves likely to return to 8-man bullpen

ATLANTA -- Able to mix and match as his team staged a ninth-inning rally during Monday night's one-run loss to the Cubs, Braves manager Brian Snitker started to think it would be more beneficial to stick with a five-man bench than it would be to revert back to carrying an extra relief pitcher.

But after re-evaluating the status of his pitching staff during Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the defending World Series champs, Snitker decided it would be in the team's best interest to continue carrying an extra reliever.

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Braves strike first, but can't contain hot Cubs

Braves strike first, but can't contain hot Cubs

ATLANTA -- Though this season's first half did not evolve as well as the Cubs had hoped, their perfect start to the second half has provided indication they could once again have some fun in October. The defending World Series champs matched a season-best five-game winning streak with Tuesday night's 5-1 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

After rain delayed the start of the game for 2 1/2 hours, Javier Baez recorded three hits and teamed with Willson Contreras to homer off Sean Newcomb during a four-run third inning that proved decisive for the Cubs, who now sit just 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Brewers in the National League Central race.

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Markakis Braves' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Markakis Braves' Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Teheran strong, but Braves fall short vs. Cubs

Teheran strong, but Braves fall short vs. Cubs

ATLANTA -- A little more than a week later, Jon Lester and the Cubs have distanced themselves from the frustration they carried into the All-Star break. The veteran left-hander helped the defending World Series champs remain perfect in the second half with Monday night's 4-3 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park after an hour-long rain delay before first pitch.

"We got a good feeling as our pitchers are coming out dominating and our hitters are having really good at-bats," Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. "It is a good formula."

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Freeman keeps Braves within range with glove

Freeman keeps Braves within range with glove

ATLANTA -- As appealing as it might be to wonder just how formidable the Braves' lineup might be with Freddie Freeman and Matt Adams both in it on a regular basis over the remainder of this season, there are definite defensive shortcomings to this powerful arrangement, which weakens the club at both corner-infield spots.

Adams' struggles against southpaws have led Braves manager Brian Snitker to sit him against each of the three left-handed starters the club has faced since Freeman returned from the disabled list with the selfless willingness to switch corners and become a third baseman.

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Rodriguez activated, makes Braves debut

Rodriguez activated, makes Braves debut

ATLANTA -- Less than six months after being involved in a car accident in which a man was killed, and five months after undergoing what was initially projected to be season-ending left shoulder surgery, Sean Rodriguez was the Braves' third baseman during Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Cubs at SunTrust Park.

"It's exciting, I'm like a little kid on his birthday," Rodriguez said before the game. "That's what you want to do growing up, play in the big leagues. I've been doing it a while. I feel like this is just a refresher of how fortunate I am to play and to be able to do it again this year, I'm excited."

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