Braves trade Gomes to Royals

Braves trade Gomes to Royals

ATLANTA -- Jonny Gomes spent most of this season providing the Braves veteran leadership and a strong clubhouse presence. The highly-respected veteran outfielder will now have an opportunity to bestow those attributes upon a team that is gearing to make a second consecutive run to the World Series.

The Braves announced that they sent Gomes and cash considerations to the Royals in exchange for Minor League shortstop Luis Valenzuela. The deal was announced shortly after Gomes was pulled from Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Marlins and had a chance to exchange dugout hugs with some of his Atlanta teammates.

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Miller steps in admirably for Foltynewicz

Rookie right-hander missed his start Monday with a fever and viral symptoms

Miller steps in admirably for Foltynewicz

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller arrived at Turner Field around 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday and learned he was just a few hours away from making a start in place of Mike Foltynewicz, who had reported to the stadium with a fever.

Unfortunately, this odd turn of events simply led to Miller being reintroduced to yet another frustrating result that has become all too familiar this year. The Braves right-hander surrendered one run over seven innings on short notice, but his effort was not enough to prevent his winless streak from reaching 19 starts in this 4-0 loss to the Marlins.

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Simmons dealing with right ankle discomfort

Simmons dealing with right ankle discomfort

ATLANTA -- Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was walking up the dugout stairs preparing to complete his normal pregame running exercises before he felt some familiar right ankle discomfort that caused him to miss Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Marlins.

The Braves scratched Simmons from the starting lineup less than 10 minutes before the first pitch. If this ailment reacts like it has in the past, the Gold Glove shortstop could return to action within the next couple days.

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Miller solid, but Braves fall to Marlins

Miller solid, but Braves fall to Marlins

ATLANTA -- Cole Gillespie's second-inning homer extended Shelby Miller's winless streak to 19 starts and propelled the Marlins toward a 4-0 win over the Braves on Monday night at Turner Field.

Gillespie's one-out solo shot accounted for the only run surrendered during the seven-inning effort provided by Miller, who has not earned a win since coming one out shy of no-hitting the Marlins on May 17. The Braves right-hander has posted a strong 3.12 ERA during his 19-start winless streak, but this marked the ninth time during the span he received zero runs of support.

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Olivera to make MLB debut as Braves face Marlins

Olivera to make MLB debut as Braves face Marlins

The future is about to begin for Cuban sensation Hector Olivera, who is expected to make his Major League debut for the Braves on Tuesday against the Marlins at Turner Field.

The 30-year-old third baseman was the centerpiece of the return Atlanta gained when top prospect Jose Peraza and Alex Wood were traded to the Dodgers on July 30.

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Braves want to test Garcia's versatility

Braves want to test Garcia's versatility

ATLANTA -- Adonis Garcia has provided the Braves some offensive consistency while spending the past month serving as their primary third baseman. But he will see his playing time diminished when fellow 30-year-old Cuban third baseman Hector Olivera makes his much-anticipated arrival to the Major League level on Tuesday.

With Olivera likely to get most of the starts at third base over the remainder of the season, the Braves will need to find ways to keep Garcia's bat in their lineup as frequently as possible. Before Monday night's game against the Marlins, Garcia took some grounders at second base.

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Braves unable to contain Yankees in finale

Braves unable to contain Yankees in finale

ATLANTA -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each added a two-run shot and the Yankees rolled to a 20-6 rout of the Braves on Sunday at Turner Field, completing a series sweep.

Drew stroked four hits and Headley had three, each driving in four runs for the Yankees, who put an eight-run pounding on Atlanta starter Julio Teheran. New York remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East chase.

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Adonis caps successful set vs. former team

Initially signed out of Cuba and released by Yanks, 3B bats .462 including homer this weekend

Adonis caps successful set vs. former team

There was a time when Adonis Garcia was considered a hot prospect by the New York Yankees.

That was back in 2012, when, at 27, he was signed out of Cuba. He rose through the system up to Triple-A in one year.

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Braves trying to move forward after tragedy

Team thinking of families, witnesses day after fan falls to death at Turner Field

Braves trying to move forward after tragedy

ATLANTA -- Flags flew at half-staff at Turner Field, and while the players, coaches and management did their best to go about their usual pregame routine, Sunday morning simply was unusual.

Everyone was still trying to make sense of the tragic death of 60-year-old Greg Murrey, the fan who fell to his death from the upper deck during the seventh inning of Saturday night's game between the Braves and the New York Yankees. It cast a pall on the Braves drawing a season-high crowd of 49,243.

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Wisler hangs tough, but Braves bested by Yanks

Wisler hangs tough, but Braves bested by Yanks

ATLANTA -- Didi Gregorius' seventh-inning double ended Matt Wisler's night and provided sufficient support to Luis Severino, who helped the Yankees claim a 3-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field.

A first-inning wild pitch accounted for the only run Wisler had surrendered until Chase Headley and Gregorius began the seventh inning with consecutive doubles. Brian McCann's eighth-inning double off Edwin Jackson provided an insurance run for the Yankees, who remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East race.

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Fan dies in fall from upper deck in Atlanta

Fan dies in fall from upper deck in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A fan who fell from the upper deck at Turner Field on Saturday night has died.

The Fulton County Medical Center revealed that the deceased man was Gregory Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Ga.

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Many positives for Wisler in loss to Yankees

Many positives for Wisler in loss to Yankees

ATLANTA -- Matt Wisler will not have many fond memories of his first August at the Major League level. But the Braves rookie ended the month on a positive note as he produced an encouraging performance during Saturday night's 3-1 Braves loss to the Yankees at Turner Field.

After teetering during a 30-pitch first inning, Wisler did not show any signs of being fazed by the fact that he was making his first career appearance against the Yankees in front of a sold-out crowd. The 22-year-old right-hander pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in more than a month and surrendered just two runs, both which might have been prevented with some defensive assistance.

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Braves option Perez, leaving rotation vacancy

Braves option Perez, leaving rotation vacancy

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was noncommittal when asked whether he needed to alter his rotation after Williams Perez allowed eight earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings during Friday night's 15-4 loss to the Yankees.

But by Saturday afternoon, the Braves had optioned Perez to Triple-A Gwinnett, despite the fact that they do not have a logical option to replace him in Atlanta's rotation. This move was influenced by the 9.87 ERA Perez has produced over his past six starts and the fact that his struggles have taxed a bullpen that came into Saturday night's game vs. New York having worked 20 2/3 innings dating back to Sunday.

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Jonny on the spot: Gomes pitches 9th inning

Outfielder is first position player to pitch for the Braves since 1989

Jonny on the spot: Gomes pitches 9th inning

ATLANTA -- Jonny Gomes might revere baseball's sanctity more than any other current Major Leaguer. But the veteran Braves outfielder was still cognizant of the fact that he provided some levity and entertainment when he made his first career pitching performance during Friday night's 15-4 loss to the Yankees at Turner Field.

"Any time you're between the lines in a big league ballgame, it's not really a laughing matter, when you're up or down," Gomes said. "With that being said, it doesn't take the loss out of the loss column, but hopefully there were a couple chuckles."

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Perez digs deep hole as Braves fall to Yanks

Perez digs deep hole as Braves fall to Yanks

ATLANTA -- Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer and collected a career-high six RBIs, Brian McCann celebrated his return to Atlanta with a three-run shot of his own and the Yankees rolled to a 15-4 victory over the Braves on Friday night at Turner Field.

Gregorius' seventh homer of the year highlighted New York's eight-run pounding of right-hander Williams Perez, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. Chase Headley also drove in three runs for the Yankees, who remain 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the American League East lead.

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Growing pains by rookie starters taxing 'pen

Growing pains by rookie starters taxing 'pen

ATLANTA -- While the Braves anticipated the growing pains that have accompanied carrying three rookie starting pitchers in their rotation, they can't afford to continue enduring the damage that has been created as their starting pitchers have completed at least five innings in just four of their past eight games.

Williams Perez was the latest to add to this alarming trend as he retired just five of the 13 batters he faced during Friday night's 15-4 loss to the Yankees at Turner Field. Perez's struggles over the past month have magnified just how inexperienced the Atlanta rotation became when Alex Wood was traded to the Dodgers on July 30.

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McCann back where it all started in Atlanta

Catcher takes on Braves for first time since joining Yankees

McCann back where it all started in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Throughout his high school years in suburban Atlanta, Brian McCann routinely visited Turner Field without any reason to believe he would end up playing more games in this stadium than anybody not named Chipper Jones or Andruw Jones.

Yet, when McCann returned to this familiar setting on Friday afternoon, it felt much different than it had at any previous point of his life. For the first time, the Yankees catcher was entering as a visitor and preparing himself for the odd experience to spend this weekend doing whatever it took to beat that Braves organization that will forever hold a special place in his heart.

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Position player Gomes pitches wacky ninth inning

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Position player Gomes pitches wacky ninth inning

With the way the 2015 season has gone, you may have assumed you'd seen about all the different position player pitching there is to see. But with the Braves down big to the Yankess on Friday, we all learned a valuable lesson: You have not lived until you've seen Jonny Gomes pitch. 

Gomes is the Platonic idealof the position player pitcher -- the beard, the unbuttoned jersey, the sure-why-not ethos that results from surviving five different brushes with death. And when the moment of truth finally arrived, oh man, did Jonny Gomes not disappoint. Over the course of one glorious inning, he flinched, kicked, flailed, hat-tipped and occasionally pitched his way into our hearts, and to commemorate this historic moment, we've compiled this exhaustive timeline.

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Braves lay first bricks at SunTrust Park

Aaron, Freeman take part in ceremony, help bury time capsules

Braves lay first bricks at SunTrust Park

ATLANTA -- Hank Aaron and Freddie Freeman were among those at SunTrust Park on Thursday morning to ceremonially lay the first bricks that will be used to build the Braves' new state-of-the-art stadium that is set to open at the start of the 2017 season.

"As a little boy, I knew a little bit about laying bricks, I knew how to hold them," the 81-year-old Aaron said before laying his brick alongside the other decorative ones used in this ceremony that was staged in the upper portion of the stadium's construction.

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Inbox: Examining Braves' offseason plans

Beat reporter Mark Bowman fields questions from fans

Inbox: Examining Braves' offseason plans

Will the Braves fill left field next year with an internal option or a big free agent?
-- David P., Birmingham, Ala.

This will be influenced by how Nick Swisher performs over the final month. If Swisher extends the success he had last weekend at Wrigley Field and proves that his surgically repaired knees will allow him to play left field at least five times per week, the Braves might be able to cross a need off their offseason to-do list and use their available funds elsewhere. But with that being said, Swisher still has a lot to prove, and Michael Bourn has provided indication he shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a fourth outfielder.

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Back-to-back HRs can't end Miller's woes

Back-to-back HRs can't end Miller's woes

ATLANTA -- Jose Reyes' two-run triple capped a four-run seventh inning that extended Shelby Miller's winless streak to 18 starts and propelled the Rockies to a 6-3 win over the Braves on Wednesday night at Turner Field.

Miller had retired 14 consecutive batters and held a 3-0 lead before he surrendered five hits, including three extra-base hits, during Colorado's decisive seventh. Ben Paulsen and Brandon Barnes recorded doubles ahead of Reyes' triple off Miller, whose winless streak now stands as the longest ever by an Atlanta pitcher in one season.

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Miller's winless rut reaches record level

All-Star's streak of 18 starts without 'W' sets Atlanta mark

Miller's winless rut reaches record level

ATLANTA -- For the first time in more than three months, Shelby Miller seemed to have everything he needed to end the most frustrating span of his young career. But after being reintroduced to the comfort of a multi-run lead during Wednesday night's 6-3 loss to the Rockies, the Braves right-hander endured an ugly seventh inning that extended his winless streak to an Atlanta-record 18 consecutive starts.

"We don't really talk about [the streak]," Braves second baseman Jace Peterson said. "Everybody knows it's going on. It's one of those things that is terrible. But I know he's going to keep battling and we're going to get him a win soon."

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Braves eye Olivera for expanded roster

Cuban infield prospect, 30, acquired in July from Dodgers

Braves eye Olivera for expanded roster

ATLANTA -- The Braves are looking forward to introducing Hector Olivera to the Major Leagues. Before doing so, they want to give the 30-year-old Cuban third baseman a chance to immerse himself in professional baseball in the United States and make up for time lost while recovering from a strained left hamstring.

Olivera -- who is not expected to be called up until Major League rosters expand Tuesday -- has produced meager offensive results since he began a Minor League rehab stint on Aug. 13. The struggles he has encountered in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, Class A South Atlantic League and Triple-A International League have allowed the Braves to face the reality that there is no reason to rush him.

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Moylan happy Medlen made his MLB return

Moylan happy Medlen made his MLB return

ATLANTA -- Though they are separated by distance, Peter Moylan and Kris Medlen have continued to savor their strong friendship, which was enriched as they spent last summer and most of this past offseason pushing each other toward their current satisfaction.

When Moylan and Medlen both underwent a second Tommy John elbow surgery two weeks apart last year, their respective playing careers were suddenly in jeopardy. But neither allowed this possibility to enter their minds as they endured a grueling rehab process together. Instead, the former Braves teammates remained committed to doing whatever necessary to get themselves back where they are now -- pitching at the Major League level.

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Braves lament miscues against Rockies

Braves lament miscues against Rockies

ATLANTA -- When Adonis Garcia was released by the Yankees during the final week of Spring Training and signed by the Braves four days later, he was described as a decent hitter whose defensive limitations would likely keep him at the Triple-A level.

Garcia steadily quieted doubts about his glove after he was given a chance to spend most of this month filling the void created when the Braves traded third baseman Juan Uribe to the Mets. But the 30-year-old Cuban was humbled on Tuesday night, when he committed three errors, two of which led to the four unearned runs the Rockies tallied in a 5-1 win over the Braves at Turner Field.

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Markakis, Braves come up short vs. Rockies

Markakis, Braves come up short vs. Rockies

ATLANTA -- DJ LeMahieu highlighted his three-hit night with a two-run fourth-inning single that capitalized on one of the three errors third baseman Adonis Garcia committed as the Rockies claimed a 5-1 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

Garcia's first two errors led to each of the four unearned runs charged to Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz, who needed 94 pitches to complete five innings. Foltynewicz hit Matt McBride with a pitch and issued a four-pitch walk to Rockies starter Chad Bettis to load the bases before LeMahieu delivered his two-run single.

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Tandem in left proves all right for Braves

Gomes' offense, Bourn's defense fuel slide-ending victory

Tandem in left proves all right for Braves

ATLANTA -- It's getting a little crowded in left field for the Braves, but that's not a bad thing.

On Monday night at Turner Field, left field was the difference, as Jonny Gomes started and had a huge night at the plate, then Michael Bourn came in for defense in the eighth and made a key play to help preserve the Braves' 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. The win ended Atlanta's season-high seven-game losing streak.

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Bethancourt recalled, will see playing time

Marimon rejoins bullpen; Perez optioned; Aardsma DFA'd

Bethancourt recalled, will see playing time

ATLANTA -- It didn't take Christian Bethancourt long to realize that he missed the Major Leagues. The rookie catcher (who turns 24 on Sept. 2) realized it sometime on June 15, the day he was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Monday afternoon at Turner Field, Bethancourt admitted he could barely contain his emotions when he found out he was being recalled by the Atlanta Braves.

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