Smith's big hit plenty for strong Folty vs. Giants

Smith's big hit plenty for strong Folty vs. Giants

ATLANTA -- Mallex Smith's three-run triple blemished Jeff Samardzija's shortest start of the season and provided Mike Foltynewicz sufficient support as the Braves claimed a 5-3 win over the Giants on Monday afternoon.

Smith's second-inning triple accounted for three of the five runs -- four earned -- Samardzija surrendered while needing 93 pitches to complete five innings. Brandon Belt's second-inning homer accounted for the only run Foltynewicz allowed while limiting the Giants to three hits over six-plus innings.

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

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Folty keeps ascending with sharp start vs. Giants

Braves right-hander allows solo homer among three hits in six-plus innings

Folty keeps ascending with sharp start vs. Giants

ATLANTA -- There might be a point in Mike Foltynewicz's career when he looks back on this month and considers it to be the most influential in his development. The Braves right-hander has not established the consistency necessary to be considered a legitimate frontline starting pitcher. But he is consistently displaying the potential to gain this lofty status.

Foltynewicz took yet another impressive step in the right direction as he subdued a red-hot Giants club over six innings Monday afternoon and helped the Braves claim a 5-3 win at Turner Field. The hard-throwing right-hander commanded his fastball, which touched 98 mph a couple of times, and induced some awkward swings while showing great comfort with both his fastball and curveball.

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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, Giants players help honor military

Memorial Day ceremonies include 21-gun salute, flyover

Braves, Giants players help honor military

ATLANTA -- Before players and coaches lined up along the Turner Field basepaths for Monday's series opener between the Giants and the Braves, the fans were already on their feet, saluting people wearing a different kind of uniform.

Active-duty military members took the field first and were welcomed to a standing ovation. Both teams then walked out of their respective dugouts and showed their appreciation by shaking hands and standing alongside them for the playing of the national anthem.

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Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wisler looking to shut down Posey, Giants

Wisler looking to shut down Posey, Giants

Long before he began having tremendous success at Turner Field, Giants catcher Buster Posey was like most other young kids from Georgia who loved the Braves and dreamed of the opportunity to play in Atlanta.

Thus Posey will be somewhat nostalgic as he and his Giants teammates spend this week playing their final games at Turner Field, which will no longer serve as the Braves' home beyond this season. San Francisco's All-Star catcher also has other reasons to regret the fact that he will never again play in this stadium, where he has seemingly felt right at home.

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Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teheran battles, rally falls short in finale

Teheran battles, rally falls short in finale

ATLANTA -- Derek Dietrich felt right at home at Turner Field. The former Georgia Tech standout drove in a career-high four runs on Sunday in the Marlins' 7-3 victory over the Braves at Turner Field.

Dietrich, a triple shy of the cycle, gave the Marlins plenty of support to avoid being swept in their weekend series. But the day wasn't completely smooth for Dietrich, who was involved in a fluky play in the top of the ninth. While in the dugout, he was struck in the back of the head by a liner off the bat of Christian Yelich. He was down for several minutes before standing up, and he was being examined by the Braves' medical staff postgame.

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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.

Aimee Sachs is a contributor for MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Braves on Sunday.

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Nagging blister on right foot hampers Teheran

Nagging blister on right foot hampers Teheran

ATLANTA -- Heading into Sunday's start, Julio Teheran had an 0.80 ERA in five May outings.

Teheran doubled the amount of earned runs he had allowed in the month in the Braves' 7-3 loss to the Marlins in front of a sellout crowd at Turner Field.

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Aimee Sachs is a contributor for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fort Bragg excited for upcoming Major League game

Field under construction at world's largest military base for Braves-Marlins on Fourth of July Weekend

Fort Bragg excited for upcoming Major League game

When 1st Lt. Jon Crucitti heard that Major League Baseball was bringing a regular-season game to the U.S. Army base in North Carolina that is home to his 82nd Airborne division and some 55,000 service members and their families, he was shaking his head with disbelief. How? Where? Can it be true?

A lifetime fan of baseball -- particularly the Braves -- who played at West Point, Crucitti knew it would be quite the endeavor, and a dream come true for someone who has devoted his young life to the country's military and America's pastime. So as the field began to take shape for the Fort Bragg Game between the Braves and Marlins on July 3 -- MLB's unprecedented Fourth of July Weekend tribute to the nation's armed forces -- the 24-year-old had the unique confluence of his two greatest passions in his sights.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beckham homers as bats erupt to clinch series

Beckham homers as bats erupt to clinch series

ATLANTA -- At last, the Braves have enjoyed back-to-back success at home. Gordon Beckham belted a three-run homer, while Nick Markakis drove in two runs on Saturday to push Atlanta to a 7-2 win over the Marlins at Turner Field.

"We had a lot of chances last night with runners in scoring position," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Not a lot today, but we cashed in today."

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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.

Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Braves on Saturday.

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After rough month, prospect Blair solid in return

After rough month, prospect Blair solid in return

ATLANTA -- May has been miserable for the Braves, but they're ending it on a high note with their first consecutive home wins of the season.

"I really feel like this team shows up every day and wants to win," Gordon Beckham said after Atlanta's 7-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

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Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Swanson among top prospect performers Saturday

Swanson among top prospect performers Saturday

For a player who bypassed the Class A-Advanced level, Harrison Bader hasn't had any problems adjusting to the advanced competition in Double-A.

On Saturday, the Cardinals' No. 10 prospect connected on his third home run in as many games to help fuel Springfield's four-run eighth inning and eventual come-from-behind win against Frisco. He finished 2-for-5 at the plate and also tallied a double to go along with his 11th home run in 46 games this season.

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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.

Current, former Braves surprise local youth

Wisler, Smith among those taking part in 'Play Ball' initiative

Current, former Braves surprise local youth

ATLANTA -- There's something unique about the phrase "Play Ball."

Whether a Major Leaguer, a former Major Leaguer or an aspiring one, those two words hold a special place.

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Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aybar lands on DL with right foot contusion

Aybar lands on DL with right foot contusion

ATLANTA -- It has been a rough nine days for Braves shortstop Erick Aybar.

Aybar, who was hit on the right foot by a pitch from Marlins left-hander Adam Conley in the fourth inning of the Braves' 4-2 win over Miami on Friday night, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a right foot contusion.

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Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Markakis' 2-run hit lifts Braves over Marlins

Markakis' 2-run hit lifts Braves over Marlins

ATLANTA -- The Braves caught a few breaks and benefited from a successful challenge that set the stage for Nick Markakis to halt his recent woes and allow the Braves to extend their mastery of the Marlins with a 4-2 win on Friday night at Turner Field.

After a replay review erased what would have been a double play to end the eighth inning with the game tied, Markakis laced a two-run single that bounced off Marlins third baseman Martin Prado's glove and gave the Braves a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Atlanta remained perfect through four games against Miami and notched just its third win in 23 home games.

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

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.

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Braves snap RISP woes, break through in clutch

Braves snap RISP woes, break through in clutch

ATLANTA -- While it might be easy to say that it was only a matter of time, it certainly wasn't easy for the Braves to endure the first 35 innings of this homestand as they put on a clinic on how to strand a plethora of runners and repeatedly squander scoring opportunities in maddening fashion.

Eventually, the law of averages had to take effect and provide some good fortune for the Braves, who certainly received plenty of it as they took advantage of a defensive blunder, benefited from a game-changing replay review and recorded a couple of big hits during the decisive two-run eighth inning in Friday night's 4-2 win over the Marlins.

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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 welcome RBI teams for Play Ball Weekend

Braves welcome RBI teams for Play Ball Weekend

ATLANTA -- As Kyle Lewis prepares to possibly become the top overall selection in this year's MLB Draft, he has reason to give thanks to John Hollins, an influential baseball coach who has enriched the lives of many young athletes through MLB's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.

The Braves opened their Play Ball weekend on Friday by bringing Hollins and some of the members of his RBI teams to stand on the field for batting practice before the series opener against the Marlins. Hollins expressed his appreciation for the invitation and all that that Braves have provided to enrich what his players can experience.

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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.

Newcomb, Povse among top prospect performers Friday

Pair of Cardinals pitching prospects excel on mound

Newcomb, Povse among top prospect performers Friday

The future of the St. Louis Cardinals' starting rotation shined on Friday night as Nos. 1 and 2 prospects Alex Reyes and Jack Flaherty had strong outings for Triple-A Memphis and Class A Advanced Palm Beach, respectively.

Making his second Triple-A start since returning from a 50-game suspension, Reyes, MLBPipeline.com's No. 11 overall prospect, allowed one run on three hits in five innings for the Redbirds, who ultimately fell to Las Vegas, 4-1. The 21-year-old righty struck out seven hitters, walked two and hit another in the outing while throwing 58 of his 89 pitches for strikes. Of those strikes, 24 were of the swing-and-miss variety.

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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.

Simmons has minor setback, won't return next week

Right-handed reliever underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015

Simmons has minor setback, won't return next week

ATLANTA -- Shae Simmons experienced a setback that will prevent him from realizing his goal to join Atlanta's bullpen next week. But the Braves' right-hander remains hopeful that he will soon complete the long road to recovery that follows Tommy John surgery.

Simmons experienced some tightness in his right triceps muscle after he made his third Minor League rehab appearance on Monday for Class A Rome. The 25-year-old reliever has already started to feel some relief and wants to begin throwing again next week.

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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 recall Garcia, DFA Brignac

Braves recall Garcia, DFA Brignac

ATLANTA -- As Braves third-base coach Bo Porter attempted to help Adonis Garcia get accustomed to playing left field by hitting him fly balls before a game at Citi Field earlier this month, Garcia made it known that he was not happy about the fact he was being asked to make a transition from third base. A few days later, he was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and given the assignment to learn how to play left field.

Garcia returned to the Majors on Friday, when the Braves recalled him from Gwinnett and designated Reid Brignac for assignment. The 31-year-old Cuban slugger said he now understands that he must be willing to do whatever the team feels is in its best interest.

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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 can't get any traction at home vs. Crew

Braves can't get any traction at home vs. Crew

ATLANTA -- Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar homered as the Brewers added to the Braves' home woes and completed their first three-game series sweep of the season with Thursday night's 6-2 win at Turner Field.

Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta surrendered two runs over 5 2/3 innings and improved his meager career batting average with a game-tying, two-run single in the fourth off Matt Wisler, who also surrendered Braun's go-ahead home run in the fifth inning. Milwaukee won three consecutive games only one previous time this year.

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

Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Thursday.

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Home strand: Timely hits evading Braves

Club goes 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position in series vs. Crew

Home strand: Timely hits evading Braves

ATLANTA -- Though the Braves produced an unexpected home run flurry while visiting Pittsburgh and Philadelphia last week, they returned home knowing their limited power potential might once again prove problematic while playing within the pitcher-friendly confines of Turner Field.

But the Braves were actually more frustrated by their inability to consistently produce timely hits as they opened this homestand by getting swept by the Brewers. They stranded 27 runners and went 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position during this three-game series, which concluded with Thursday night's 6-2 loss.

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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' Olivera suspended through Aug. 1

No appeal after MLB's longest ban for violation of Domestic Violence Policy

Braves' Olivera suspended through Aug. 1

ATLANTA -- Braves outfielder Hector Olivera will spend the next couple of months serving the longest suspension that has been levied for a violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

Olivera has received an 82-game unpaid suspension that retroactively dates back to April 30 and runs through Aug. 1. The 31-year-old outfielder opted not to appeal the ruling, which MLB announced early Thursday evening. The Braves will host the Pirates on Aug. 2, the night Olivera can return.

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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.

Rain didn't keep fans from dancing in the aisles

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Rain didn't keep fans from dancing in the aisles

The fans that stick it out during a rain delay deserve some credit -- and a few particular patrons definitely earned theirs in Thursday's game between the Brewers and Braves. 

Milwaukee won, 6-2, but neither that nor inclement weather (and a rain delay) kept a few fans from strutting their stuff in the stands. One gentlemen made a nice play on a foul ball and proceeded to channel Ric Flair, because why not?

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Braves make tough decision to option Kelly

Withrow called up to provide depth for depleted bullpen

Braves make tough decision to option Kelly

ATLANTA -- After the Braves burned through the bullpen through the first nine innings of Wednesday's 13-inning loss to the Brewers, Casey Kelly accepted the task of pitching the final four innings.

Unfortunately for Kelly, this unexpected development provided the Braves no other choice but to option him back to Triple-A Gwinnett before Thursday's series finale against Milwaukee. Right-handed reliever Chris Withrow was recalled from Gwinnett to provide some bullpen depth, which would have been further weakened had Kelly stayed on Atlanta's roster.

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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 unlucky in 13th as they fall to Crew

Braves unlucky in 13th as they fall to Crew

ATLANTA -- After facing the Braves' entire bullpen and the guy who had been scheduled to start on Saturday, the Brewers claimed a 3-2 victory courtesy of Jonathan Villar's go-ahead single in the 13th inning on Wednesday night at Turner Field.

Casey Kelly had been scheduled to start Saturday, but he ended up throwing the final four innings for the Braves, who have lost 19 of their first 21 home games. After the Brewers loaded the bases before the first out was recorded in the 13th inning, Villar delivered his game-winning single to left that scored Aaron Hill off Kelly, who had thrown 81 pitches over five innings on Sunday in Philadelphia.

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

Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kelly gives lift on busy night for Braves' 'pen

Right-hander throws 77 pitches on short rest in extra-innings loss

Kelly gives lift on busy night for Braves' 'pen

ATLANTA -- As Braves interim manager Brian Snitker burned through his bullpen through the first nine innings of Wednesday night's 3-2 loss in 13 innings to the Brewers at Turner Field, he got a taste of what his predecessor Fredi Gonzalez experienced when he attempted to mix and match the pieces of this 'pen that has not taken shape through this season's first two months.

After using six different relievers to record the 10 outs that separated starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz's sixth-inning exit and the end of the ninth, Snitker provided the final four innings to Casey Kelly, who had thrown a side session earlier in the day in preparation to start Saturday afternoon's game against the Marlins.

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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.

Smith needs to stay on bases during slides

Braves outfielder has lost SBs when reviews showed he came off the bag

Smith needs to stay on bases during slides

ATLANTA -- Throughout his Minor League career, Braves outfielder Mallex Smith showed he has the potential to become one of the game's top stolen base threats. But now that he has been introduced to replay reviews at the Major League level, Smith has quickly learned he'll better satisfy this potential once he begins to harness some of his slides.

During Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to the Brewers, Smith had a stolen base taken away when a replay review showed that he was tagged when his right foot came off the bag after he had reached second base during the seventh inning. He experienced something similar after it appeared he had stolen third base in a game on April 28 at Fenway Park.

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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.

Teheran notches 4-K inning in dazzling start

Righty records career-high 12 strikeouts vs. Brewers, but lacks run support

Teheran notches 4-K inning in dazzling start

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran experienced the rarity of notching four strikeouts in one inning Tuesday night at Turner Field. Unfortunately for the Braves hurler, he was also reintroduced to the all-too-familiar frustration as many of his strong efforts over the past month have gone unrewarded.

Teheran recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts and allowed just one run over seven innings, providing further reason to believe he has regained the successful form that he routinely displayed in 2013 and '14. But his effort was not enough to prevent the Braves from falling to 2-18 at a home with a 2-1 loss that was decided when Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett singled off Bud Norris in the eighth inning.

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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.