Braves have one eye on present, two on future

Flurry of roster moves indicates desire to compete

Braves have one eye on present, two on future

ATLANTA -- Though the Braves have spent this season's first three months living up to John Hart's description of not being "the prettiest girl at the dance," the countless acquisitions and roster moves the club's front office has made indicates that it is not willing to simply settle for routine disappointment this year, despite admittedly placing a greater focus on the future.

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Simmons needs more All-Star love

Simmons needs more All-Star love

ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons has positioned himself to win a third consecutive Gold Glove and prove that he does have the ability to provide some offensive consistency. But the Braves shortstop has not received much love from those who have cast votes on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Like the rest of his Braves teammates, Simmons was not listed among the top five at his position when the latest All-Star ballot update was released on Monday afternoon.

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Wood splinters Bucs' bats, plays stopper

Lefty fans eight to help Braves snap five-game skid

Wood splinters Bucs' bats, plays stopper

PITTSBURGH -- While Julio Teheran has created concern with the inconsistency he has displayed over the past few months, Alex Wood has spent the past six weeks proving he could make adjustments necessary to distance himself from his early-season struggles.

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Good Wood: Braves quiet Bucs in finale

Good Wood: Braves quiet Bucs in finale

PITTSBURGH -- Left-hander Alex Wood quieted the Pirates into the eighth inning on Sunday as the Braves downed Pittsburgh, 2-1, to snap a five-game losing streak.

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Perez OK after collision with Maybin in 9th

Perez OK after collision with Maybin in 9th

PITTSBURGH -- Braves outfielders Eury Perez and Cameron Maybin broke for the ball, and while neither came up with the catch, they're lucky no bones were broken.

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Braves call up RP Kelly for first taste of bigs

Marimon optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett

Braves call up RP Kelly for first taste of bigs

PITTSBURGH -- Right-handed reliever Ryan Kelly was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett and joined the Braves' bullpen for Sunday afternoon's game. Subsequently, fellow reliever Sugar Ray Marimon, who has a 7.71 ERA in six appearances with Atlanta this year, will be optioned to Gwinnett.

This will be Kelly's first action in the big leagues after nine seasons in the Minors. After nearly a decade of working and waiting for "the call", he was excited to finally get it.

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Miller set for rematch vs. Zimmermann, Nats

Miller set for rematch vs. Zimmermann, Nats

Shelby Miller hasn't recorded a win since May 17, but the right-hander with the 1.94 ERA looks for continued success in a rematch against Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Turner Field.

Since recording his last win, the 24-year-old has had three starts in which he surrendered just one run. In fact, in Miller's last outing -- against Washington and Zimmermann -- he went seven innings and gave up one run on just three hits.

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Peterson breaks slump by clearing bases

Peterson breaks slump by clearing bases

PITTSBURGH -- When runners are on, the task at hand is to score them. It's simple and straightforward, but difficult to do. Braves second baseman Jace Peterson happens to thrive in those situations, and, even though he was mired in an extended slump recently, the 25-year-old delivered when Atlanta needed a jolt of offensive life in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.

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Rough 1st inning too much for Braves

Rough 1st inning too much for Braves

PITTSBURGH -- Pedro Alvarez has only been along the ride for most of the first half of the season, but he may be ready to give the Pirates a lift. Alvarez's two-run double triggered a five-run first on Saturday and the Bucs went on to an 8-4 win over Atlanta at rain-soaked PNC Park.

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Teheran's roller-coaster season continues

Righty gives up five runs in first, then settles in to pitch six innings vs. Pirates

Teheran's roller-coaster season continues

PITTSBURGH -- Before determining whether Julio Teheran still fits in their long-term plans, the Braves will be challenged to figure out if he's the guy who surrendered five first-inning runs during Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Pirates, or the one who allowed just one more run over the remainder of his six-inning effort.

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Braves place Perez on DL with bruised foot

Young righty dealing with swelling after being hit in left foot by comebacker

Braves place Perez on DL with bruised foot

PITTSBURGH -- The Braves did not wait long to place Williams Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left foot. Now, they simply need to decide who will assume his spot in the starting rotation for at least the next couple of weeks.

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Braves call up Brigham to join bullpen

Longtime Minor Leaguer finally reaches bigs

Braves call up Brigham to join bullpen

WASHINGTON -- Less than a week after earning a promotion to Triple-A Gwinnett, right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham received the call he had been waiting for since beginning his professional career in 2006. After toiling at the Minor League level over the course of 10 different seasons, the 27-year-old finally finds himself in the Majors as the latest member of Atlanta's bullpen.

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Braves fall short in extra innings vs. Pirates

Braves fall short in extra innings vs. Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Jordy Mercer's one-out RBI double in the 10th inning gave the Pirates a 3-2 walk-off win over the Braves on Friday night at PNC Park.

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Grilli gives up winning run in return to Pittsburgh

Grilli gives up winning run in return to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Grilli remembers many things about his time in Pittsburgh fondly: the fans, teammates, and champagne sprayed when he and the Pirates won the National League Wild Card game in 2013.

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Cunniff placed on DL with right groin injury

Cunniff placed on DL with right groin injury

PITTSBURGH -- After spending the past couple weeks being cautious with how frequently they used Brandon Cunniff, the Braves opted to place the right-handed reliever on the disabled list on Friday with a strained right groin.

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Prospect Albies headed to Futures Game

Prospect Albies headed to Futures Game

WASHINGTON -- Ozhaino Albies will have an opportunity to show the baseball world why the Braves have become so enamored with his tremendous potential.

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Wisler not as impressive in 2nd start

Wisler not as impressive in 2nd start

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals' starting pitching continued to dominate as Washington blanked the Braves, 7-0, at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep. The Nats have won six consecutive games.

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Freeman (wrist) receives PRP injection

First baseman was placed on 15-day DL earlier this week

Freeman (wrist) receives PRP injection

WASHINGTON -- It is still far too early to accurately project when Freddie Freeman will return to Atlanta's lineup. But the Braves are hoping the platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injection Freeman received earlier this week will minimize the length of his stay on the disabled list.

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Scouting profile: Matt Wisler

Scouting profile: Matt Wisler

Right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler came to the Braves in a huge early-April deal with the Padres that sent star closer Craig Kimbrel and center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. to San Diego.

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Wisler to learn from mistakes made vs. Nats

Braves prospect allows six runs (four earned) in second big league start

Wisler to learn from mistakes made vs. Nats

WASHINGTON -- Though the Braves were thrilled to watch Matt Wisler cruise through his Major League debut with relative ease last week, they had promoted him from the Minor League level with the understanding that he was destined to encounter the frustration he felt while lasting just four innings in Thursday's 7-0 loss to the Nationals.

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Markakis' record errorless streak ends

Braves right fielder misplays leadoff single by Span in first inning

Markakis' record errorless streak ends

WASHINGTON -- The simple manner with which it ended provided an even greater appreciation for how disciplined and fundamentally sound Braves right fielder Nick Markakis was while setting a Major League record for consecutive errorless games completed by an outfielder.

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Callis: Albies one of Futures Game's rising stars

Hard work in Minor Leagues paid off for previously under-the-radar players

Callis: Albies one of Futures Game's rising stars

As always, the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will feature many of baseball's most exciting Minor League talents. Slated for July 12 at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, the showcase will include the game's top pitching prospect (Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito), a dazzling all-around shortstop (Philadelphia's J.P. Crawford) and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 Draft (Astros righty Mark Appel).

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Wins continue to elude dominant Miller

Despite 1.94 ERA, righty has not won since May 17

Wins continue to elude dominant Miller

WASHINGTON -- Fortunately, baseball has evolved to the point where there is not much value placed on individual wins credited to pitchers. But it's still unfortunate that Shelby Miller has not been rewarded for any of the impressive starts he has completed over the past six weeks.

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Braves improving sooner rather than later

Braves improving sooner rather than later

WASHINGTON -- It was hard to know quite what to make of the Braves coming into this season. General manager John Hart hit the reset button, stripping the roster of many familiar names.

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Stellar Miller not enough as Braves fall in extras

Stellar Miller not enough as Braves fall in extras

WASHINGTON -- Ian Desmond's walk-off sacrifice fly in the 11th inning helped the Nationals defeat the Braves, 2-1, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

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Terdoslavich's baserunning blunder costs Braves

Terdoslavich's baserunning blunder costs Braves

WASHINGTON -- Had Braves utility man Joey Terdoslavich been successful with his decision to attempt to tag and advance to second base in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Nationals, he might have simply scored an insurance run that would have gone uncelebrated.

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Braves promote OF prospect Smith to Triple-A

Braves promote OF prospect Smith to Triple-A

WASHINGTON -- Mallex Smith has moved one step closer to fulfilling the projections that he will soon become Atlanta's leadoff hitter and starting center fielder.

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