De La Cruz battles, but Braves fall short

De La Cruz battles, but Braves fall short

ATLANTA -- Jason Kipnis soured Joel De La Cruz's Major League debut with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth and Danny Salazar enhanced his All-Star candidacy as the Indians extended their winning streak to 12 games with Wednesday night's 3-0 victory over the Braves at Turner Field.

Salazar won his sixth straight start and lowered his ERA to 2.22 with seven scoreless innings. Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-run single that followed Rajai Davis' two-out single. Lonnie Chisenhall's two-out solo homer in the sixth inning provided some insurance for the Indians, who are one win shy of matching the franchise-best 13-game win streak recorded in both 1942 and '51.

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Staff woes force Braves to hasten Folty's return

Staff woes force Braves to hasten Folty's return

ATLANTA -- The Braves had planned for Mike Foltynewicz to make two Minor League rehab starts. But because they have three starting pitchers on the disabled list and another back at the Triple-A level to gain more seasoning, they essentially have no choice but to bring Foltynewicz back to start Thursday night's series opener against the Marlins.

Foltynewicz will be making his first start since an MRI exam completed on June 1 showed a bone spur in his right elbow. Instead of risking the possibility of incurring a significant injury while altering his mechanics to minimize the elbow discomfort, the 24-year-old right-hander opted to go on the disabled list. He completed five pain-free and scoreless innings while limiting Charlotte to one hit in his first rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday night.

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Fort Bragg Game about more than baseball for Francoeur

Braves outfielder relishes opportunity to interact with military personnel

Fort Bragg Game about more than baseball for Francoeur

ATLANTA -- Though the opportunity to participate in the first regular-season Major League Baseball game ever played on an active military base is certainly appealing, Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur and some of his teammates are every bit as excited about the opportunity to spend a portion of this weekend interacting with military personnel stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.

"The excitement more than anything is about the experience," Francoeur said. "We're going to get a chance to hang out in the mess hall and spend the day honestly just hanging with those guys, which for us, what an honor."

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Braves' Cabrera in Aroldis territory at 103 mph

Braves' Cabrera in Aroldis territory at 103 mph

ATLANTA -- Time will tell whether Mauricio Cabrera has the ability to harness a high-velocity fastball that has placed him in the exclusive company of Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman. But through his first two big league appearances, the Braves reliever has proven he can throw strikes while consistently lighting up the radar gun board with triple-digit readings.

While retiring the only two batters he faced during the eighth inning of Wednesday night's 3-0 loss to the Indians at Turner Field, Cabrera threw six fastballs, each of which clocked at least 100 mph. Two of those heaters registered 103 mph and two others were 102 mph.

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Foltynewicz returns to open set vs. Marlins

Foltynewicz returns to open set vs. Marlins

So much of the focus on the Fourth of July weekend series between the Marlins and Braves is directed at Sunday's historical game at Fort Bragg in North Carolina (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), which will be the first game in any professional sport played on an active military base. Before then, the clubs must first take care of business with three contests at Turner Field, with the first on tap for Thursday night.

The Marlins have had a rough go against the Braves this year, dropping six of eight. They turn to left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (4-2, 5.00 ERA) in the series opener. Atlanta is activating right-hander Mike Foltynewicz off the DL to make the start.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fried among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pirates prospect continues to rake; Blue Jays outfielder homers twice, plates six

Fried among top prospect performers Wednesday

Josh Bell's body of work made it clear he deserved to be named to the International League All-Star team, but the No. 44 overall prospect (Pirates' No. 3) still took Wednesday's game as an opportunity to cement his place on the squad.

Hours after the International League All-Star roster was announced, Bell led Triple-A Indianapolis to a win with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate. The 23-year-old leads the league with 153 total bases and is hitting .323 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs through 77 games.

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Wisler solid, but bullpen allows 3 in 9th in defeat

Wisler solid, but bullpen allows 3 in 9th in defeat

ATLANTA -- Carlos Santana's RBI single sparked a three-run ninth inning for the Indians, who received another solid start from Corey Kluber and extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 5-3 victory over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

 Cleveland has won 11 games in a row during a single season for the first time since 1982, while Atlanta has now lost five of its past seven games since its season-high six-game winning streak.

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Wisler bounces back after rough 1st vs. Tribe

Young right-hander strikes out career-high 9 in loss to Indians

Wisler bounces back after rough 1st vs. Tribe

ATLANTA -- Braves right-hander Matt Wisler has struggled early in games of late, but he found a way to keep his team in the game against Cleveland.

After giving up two runs in first inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Indians, Wisler turned in his team-leading 11th quality start and struck out a career-high nine batters, notching a no-decision for his efforts.

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Swanson selected for 2016 Futures Game

Shortstop ranks 6th overall on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list

Swanson selected for 2016 Futures Game

ATLANTA -- Dansby Swanson will have an opportunity to interact and compete with some of baseball's other elite prospects during this year's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

Swanson was the only player from the Braves organization selected to participate in the Futures Game, which will be played at San Diego's Petco Park on July 10. This marks the first time the highly-regarded shortstop has been eligible to compete in this event, which annually pits the top prospects from the United States against the World team, which consists of top prospects from foreign countries.

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Pierzynski honored to be part of Fort Bragg Game

Pierzynski honored to be part of Fort Bragg Game

ATLANTA -- When United States Army Maj. Ron Colombo was attending airborne school at Georgia's Fort Benning last summer, he called his high school buddy A.J. Pierzynski to get tickets for the Fourth of the July game against the Phillies at Turner Field.

Along with leaving tickets, Pierzynski also arranged for Colombo to throw a ceremonial first pitch. The two have remained friends since their days as teammates at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla.

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Soroka among top prospect performers Tuesday

Twins' No. 1 prospect allows one hit in seven frames, Nats' No. 6 records career-high seven RBIs

Soroka among top prospect performers Tuesday

Jose Berrios followed up his best start of the year with a no-hit bid and an outing that was equally impressive.

The No. 15 overall prospect took a no-hitter into the seventh, but lost it on a one-out double -- the lone hit he allowed in seven scoreless frames. Berrios threw 64 of his 96 pitches for strikes, walking three and striking out six.

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Gant (oblique) joins cluster of Braves on DL

Gant (oblique) joins cluster of Braves on DL

ATLANTA -- With Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Matt Wisler leading the way, the Braves exited May feeling good about how their starting rotation was shaping up for both the present and the future. Although they have won with much greater frequency over the past couple of weeks, however, they now find themselves with three starting pitchers on the disabled list.

John Gant became the most recent member of this group on Tuesday, when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with the left oblique strain he sustained during Monday night's start against the Indians. Casey Kelly was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to provide bullpen depth.

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Braves can't solve Bauer, Indians in loss

Braves can't solve Bauer, Indians in loss

ATLANTA -- Behind a three-run home run by Lonnie Chisenhall and another solid outing from Trevor Bauer, the Indians extended their MLB-best winning streak to 10 games with Monday's 8-3 win over the Braves at Turner Field, their longest in a single season since ending the 2013 campaign with a 10-game win streak.

Cleveland jumped out to an early lead in the first, when Francisco Lindor scored on an RBI single by Mike Napoli. Atlanta quickly responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the third -- driven in by a sacrifice fly from Nick Markakis -- but Chisenhall's three-run blast in the fourth gave the Indians the lead for good.

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Braves call up Cabrera, designate Ogando for assignment

Braves call up Cabrera, designate Ogando for assignment

ATLANTA -- The Braves swapped tall, right-handed relievers Monday, designating Alexi Ogando for assignment and promoting fireballer Mauricio Cabrera from the Double-A Mississippi Braves.

Cabrera, 22, is the Braves' No. 27-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com. He possesses a fastball that routinely hits triple digits and can get as high as 103 mph, yet has trouble missing bats. MLB Pipeline calls Cabrera "the most enigmatic arm in the Braves system." Signed out of the Dominican Republic as a teenager, Cabrera owns a career 4.24 ERA in 138 career Minor League appearances over six seasons.

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Umpire Layne exits after being hit by foul ball

Umpire Layne exits after being hit by foul ball

ATLANTA -- Home-plate umpire Jerry Layne exited the Indians' 8-3 win over the Braves at Turner Field on Monday after being hit by a foul ball off the bat of Nick Markakis in the eighth inning.

The ball struck Layne in the upper part of his right shoulder near his neck, forcing him to almost fall before Indians catcher Chris Gimenez reached his arm out to support him.

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Time running out to support Braves on All-Star ballot

Cards' Molina, Giants' Posey only about 5,000 votes apart; balloting ends Thursday

Time running out to support Braves on All-Star ballot

Entering the final hours of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, it seems increasingly likely that Major League Baseball's tradition of surprising late-surge selections will continue as fans decide the starting position players for the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard on July 12 in San Diego.

In the National League, there is now a virtual dead heat at catcher between to-date leader Yadier Molina of the Cardinals and surging Buster Posey of the Giants, while the Cubs' seemingly once-certain bounty of having five starters at Petco Park might be reduced to as few as two if leads keep disintegrating at this rate for infielders Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.

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Fernandez, Perez proud to be U.S. citizens

Marlins' ace, Braves' coach Perez ready for Fort Bragg Game

Fernandez, Perez proud to be U.S. citizens

ATLANTA -- As Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and Braves first base coach Eddie Perez spend a portion of this upcoming weekend interacting with military personnel at North Carolina's Fort Bragg, they will feel a genuine sense of patriotism that has strengthened since they became United States citizens.

"I'm lucky," Fernandez said. "I feel part of this country. I'm willing to do whatever has to be done. It's just a pleasure. Coming from Cuba, I appreciate this so much. It's an honor to be part of this country."

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Norris continues surge since rejoining rotation

Braves righty strikes out season-high 8 over 7 scoreless innings vs. Mets

Norris continues surge since rejoining rotation

ATLANTA -- Instead of being defeated by all that went wrong during this season's first month or by the fact that he felt wronged as he spent this season's second month in the bullpen, Bud Norris has provided a clear glimpse of his fighting spirit since being given the opportunity to rejoin Atlanta's starting rotation.

Norris was understandably upset when his bid to rebound from last year's struggles was halted by the transition he made to the bullpen after just five starts. But over the course of his past five starts, the Braves right-hander has silenced his doubters and repeatedly displayed his potential worth with performances like the one during Sunday afternoon's 5-2 win over the Mets.

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Garcia's great grabs highlight improved glove work

Braves third baseman also contributes with bat by belting three-run homer

Garcia's great grabs highlight improved glove work

ATLANTA -- As Adonis Garcia sprinted down the left-field line and into foul territory, he was looking for more than just the final out in the Braves' 5-2 win over the Mets on Sunday at Turner Field.

Twice already, the third baseman had ranged far to make a pair of over-the-shoulder catches. So as he pursued his defensive hat trick, Brian Snitker just knew Garcia would accomplish the feat.

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Braves ride HRs, strong Norris to split with Mets

Braves ride HRs, strong Norris to split with Mets

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman hit a first-inning home run off Bartolo Colon, and Bud Norris added yet another impressive start to his recent ledger as the Braves secured a four-game series split with Sunday afternoon's 5-2 win over the Mets at Turner Field.

Freeman's opposite-field home run proved to be the only costly blow delivered against Colon, who scattered six hits and allowed just the one run over seven innings. The Mets veteran's effort was trumped by Norris, who recorded a season-high eight strikeouts and allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings.

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Newcomb squares off against Esch in Double-A duel

Newcomb squares off against Esch in Double-A duel

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

Hitter to watch: Francisco Mejia (Indians' No. 8), Lake County at South Bend (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Foltynewicz makes progress with solid rehab start

Foltynewicz makes progress with solid rehab start

ATLANTA -- When Mike Foltynewicz landed on the disabled list on June 4 with bone spurs in his right elbow, he knew he'd need to overcome the mental aspect of pitching with the injury.

Three weeks later, the right-hander showed he's made strides toward clearing that hurdle.

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Johnson's HR makes 6-year-old son take notice

Johnson's HR makes 6-year-old son take notice

ATLANTA -- Along with damaging his former team with a home run that gave the Mets a 1-0, 11-inning win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field, Kelly Johnson might have also gained more respect from his 6-year-old son Cole, who has become a baseball junkie.

"Whoever is doing well is like the best player ever to Cole," Johnson said. "So, he loves [Yoenis] Cespedes and he loves [Curtis] Granderson. Then when he talks about me, he says, 'When you were good ...' So hopefully now that I hit a home run, maybe now I'm one of the best players alive."

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'Nasty' Teheran extends excellence against Mets

Right-hander's scoreless streak vs. NY reaches 24 innings

'Nasty' Teheran extends excellence against Mets

ATLANTA -- On the heels of a one-hitter last Sunday, Julio Teheran entered Saturday's rematch against the Mets and Jacob deGrom with the same plan.

And once again, the right-hander executed it to near perfection.

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Braves agree with top Draft pick Anderson

Braves agree with top Draft pick Anderson

ATLANTA -- A little more than two weeks after taking Ian Anderson with the third overall selection in the MLB Draft, the Braves welcomed the highly-touted right-handed pitcher to Turner Field on Saturday to spend some pregame time with Atlanta's Major Leaguers and to sign his first professional contract.
 
According to MLB.com's Jim Callis, Anderson agreed to a $4 million signing bonus. The young right-hander's willingness to sign for $2.5 million less than the figure slotted for the third overall selection helped give the Braves the financial flexibility they needed to also select two other highly-regarded high school pitchers -- Joey Wentz and Kyle Muller -- while staying within the boundaries of their salary bonus pool.

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Braves fall in 11 despite Teheran's dominance

Braves fall in 11 despite Teheran's dominance

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran and Jacob deGrom waged an impressive pitching battle and maintained their status as two of baseball's most unfortunate pitchers in terms of run support. Once they exited on Saturday night at Turner Field, Kelly Johnson damaged his former team with a pinch-hit home run that provided the Mets a 1-0, 11-inning win over the Braves.

Johnson, who spent this season's first two months with the Braves, opened the 11th inning with a home run off Dario Alvarez. The solo shot provided the Mets their fourth win in their past five games and ended a 23 2/3-inning scoreless streak for Atlanta's bullpen.

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