Walks costly for Stults in emergency outing

Veteran lefty battles command against Brewers in start for ill Wood

Walks costly for Stults in emergency outing

ATLANTA -- The Braves might not have known exactly how ill Alex Wood was feeling, but they couldn't have been feeling much better after watching Eric Stults unravel with two outs in a seven-run fourth inning of the Brewers' 11-0 win Friday night at Turner Field.

"We weren't thinking, 'Go out and give us seven or eight innings or a two-hit shutout,'" Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was an emergency spot start. After the third inning, you go 'OK, he's going to be able to give us five innings.'"

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Fill-in start unravels as Braves' bats go quiet

Fill-in start unravels as Braves' bats go quiet

ATLANTA -- Hector Gomez's two-out double sparked a seven-run fourth inning that allowed the Brewers to overcome Wily Peralta's early exit and cruise to an 11-0 win Friday night over the Braves at Turner Field.

"It was one of those innings where you keep the line moving," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "They did it last night [the Braves had a seven-run seventh in a 10-1 win Thursday], we were able to do it tonight."

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Giant bug invades Braves broadcast booth

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Giant bug invades Braves broadcast booth

Bugs, man. They think they can just do whatever they want -- fly into your ear, take over townsrain by the thousands from the sky. They also, as evidenced by Friday's Brewers-Braves game, think they can go to baseball games for free!

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Miller to face Brewers in follow-up to near no-no

Miller to face Brewers in follow-up to near no-no

Shelby Miller will look to continue his recent dominance on the mound for the Braves, and Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers will face Atlanta for the first time in his career Saturday afternoon at Turner Field.

Miller is coming off a two-hitter of the Marlins on Sunday and has posted a Major League-best 1.33 ERA while working off his three fastballs. Miller isn't succeeding by striking out a high number of batters -- just 7.17 per nine innings -- but he's induced weak contact from opposing hitters, who have managed just a .183 batting average on balls in play against him.

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Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves miffed by 'blatant' use of substance

In aftermath of Smith's ejection, many OK with pitchers improving grip

Braves miffed by 'blatant' use of substance

ATLANTA -- Count Braves right fielder Nick Markakis among the Major League hitters who are comforted by the trend of pitchers using a hidden foreign substance to improve their grip of the baseball.

But when that substance is clearly visible -- like it was Thursday night when Brewers left-hander Will Smith was caught with a mixture of sunscreen and rosin on his right forearm -- umpires really have no option other than to abide by the rules.

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Wood skips start due to stomach virus

Veteran left-hander Stults fills in for Braves against Brewers

Wood skips start due to stomach virus

ATLANTA -- Braves left-hander Alex Wood did not make Friday night's scheduled start against the Brewers because of a stomach virus. Eric Stults started in his place.

The Braves announced this change approximately four hours before Friday's scheduled first pitch. Wood had shown some recent improvement on the mound. Since surrendering three first-inning runs to the Nationals on May 9, he had allowed just one run over his past 12 2/3 innings.

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Terence Moore

For Fredi, lineup key to Braves' success

Manager constantly changing strategy based on who's hot on roster

For Fredi, lineup key to Braves' success

During the opening 31 games for the Braves this season, guess how many different starting lineups they had?

Yep, 31.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teheran putting tough April in rear-view mirror

Right-hander allows one run over seven innings with eight strikeouts vs. Brewers

Teheran putting tough April in rear-view mirror

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran might never prove to be the overpowering pitcher that he was touted to be when he made his way through the Minors as one of baseball's top overall prospects. But if Teheran can consistently prove as efficient as he was during Thursday night's 10-1 win over the Brewers, the Braves will be satisfied.

Teheran proved perfect in six of the season-high seven innings he completed and notched eight strikeouts with the assistance of an effective slider. The two hits and one run surrendered by the 24-year-old right-hander were tallied during a 16-pitch fourth inning that began with him issuing his only walk of the night.

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Braves pull away with seven-run 7th

Braves pull away with seven-run 7th

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran produced his finest start of the season and the Braves rolled to a 10-1 win over the Brewers on Thursday night courtesy of a seven-run seventh inning that included Brewers left-handed reliever Will Smith being ejected for a foreign substance.

After Christian Bethancourt chased Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza with a go-ahead single in the seventh, Smith entered and promptly hit Pedro Ciriaco with a pitch to load the bases. When Smith touched the substance on his right forearm after throwing the next pitch to Jace Peterson, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez got the attention of crew chief Jim Joyce, who quickly ejected Smith after touching the substance, which Smith said was sunscreen and rosin that he forgot to remove after warming up quickly in the bullpen.

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Maybin settling into CF role with hot bat, glove

Outfielder drives in two runs, makes strong throw to complete DP vs. Brewers

Maybin settling into CF role with hot bat, glove

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez planned to have a center-field platoon between right-handed-hitting Cameron Maybin and lefty-swinging Eric Young Jr. But Young's struggles, combined with Maybin's early success at the plate, gave Maybin the everyday role.

In Thursday night's 10-1 win over the Brewers, Maybin reinforced that decision after being moved into the second spot in the lineup for the first time this season.

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Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

Brewers' Smith ejected for substance on arm

ATLANTA -- Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Will Smith was ejected from Thursday's game against the Atlanta Braves when umpires, urged on by Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, discovered a prohibited substance on the reliever's arm.

Smith said he placed a mixture of rosin and sunscreen on his right arm while he was warming up in the bullpen in order to get a firm handle on the ball on a cool and blustery night at Turner Field. He simply forgot to wipe it off, he said, when he was rushed into the game.

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Perez impressive in first Major League start

Right-hander strikes out seven, allows one run over five innings vs. Rays

Perez impressive in first Major League start

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was concerned when Williams Perez completed his bullpen warmup and entered the home dugout 15 minutes before he was scheduled to throw the first pitch of his first career start on Wednesday night at Turner Field.

But approximately three hours later, Gonzalez was praising the poise and determination Perez had displayed while navigating his way through five strong innings and helping the Braves claim a 2-1 win over the Rays.

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Patient Peterson sparking Braves' offense

Second baseman sees 27 pitches, draws two walks in win over Rays

Patient Peterson sparking Braves' offense

ATLANTA -- Jace Peterson's recent offensive success earned him the chance to move into the Braves' leadoff spot late last week and he certainly proved he has the discipline for the role while completing two patient plate appearances during Wednesday night's 2-1 win over the Rays at Turner Field.

In the third inning against Rays starter Jake Odorizzi, Peterson drew a 10-pitch, two-out walk after fouling off three splitters and a 93-mph fastball. This extended the inning for Alberto Callaspo, who followed with a game-tying single.

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Braves push past Rays for narrow win

Braves push past Rays for narrow win

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman fueled the decisive sixth inning with a one-out double and Williams Perez made the most of his first career start while helping the Braves claim a 2-1 win over the Rays Wednesday night at Turner Field.

Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi had surrendered just two hits before allowing Freeman's double and Nick Markakis' single with one out in the sixth. After Todd Cunningham followed with a go-ahead RBI groundout, the Braves' bullpen preserved the lead and the effort provided by Perez, who surrendered just one run and notched seven strikeouts over five innings.

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Rookie Foltynewicz searching for consistency

Right-hander strikes out seven, allows five runs over five innings in loss to Rays

Rookie Foltynewicz searching for consistency

ATLANTA -- When the Braves brought Mike Foltynewicz to the Major League level earlier this month, they knew he was an unfinished product who would occasionally wow them with his powerful right arm and also frustrate them as he attempted to make the transition from thrower to pitcher.

In other words, the Braves were prepared for what they saw from Foltynewicz during Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Rays at Turner Field. The 23-year-old right-hander displayed flashes of promise, but ultimately paid for the mistakes he made after opening the fifth inning with consecutive strikeouts of Steven Souza Jr. and Evan Longoria.

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C. Johnson could be back with Braves this week

Garcia to fill void following injury to Gosselin

C. Johnson could be back with Braves this week

ATLANTA -- Chris Johnson could be back with the Braves within a week, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. But in the meantime, Adonis Garcia will help fill the void created when Phil Gosselin was placed on the disabled list with a left thumb fracture.

Garcia has thrived, offensively, batting .351 with an .835 OPS through 34 games with Triple-A Gwinnett. But his defensive limitations will likely limit him to serve as a pinch-hit option at the big league level.

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Braves' bats go cold after early surge

Three-run second inning not enough in Tuesday's loss to Rays

Braves' bats go cold after early surge

ATLANTA -- After the second inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Rays, it looked like the Braves' offense would be able to hold its own against Erasmo Ramirez, who was coming off of five shutout innings against the Yankees.

Andrelton Simmons drew an eight-pitch walk with the bases loaded -- his first walk since May 5 -- to start a three-run rally in the second. But after that, Simmons and the rest of the offense was shut down.

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Braves fall short in series opener vs. Rays

Braves fall short in series opener vs. Rays

ATLANTA -- Erasmo Ramirez held steady after a rough second inning and benefited from the two-run fifth inning the Rays produced against rookie right-hander Mike Foltynewicz during Tuesday night's 5-3 win over the Braves at Turner Field.

Ramirez surrendered three runs during a 30-pitch second inning, but allowed the Braves to produce just one other baserunner during the other four innings he completed. The right-hander was rewarded in the fifth inning, when the Rays produced a decisive two-out, two-run rally that included Logan Forsythe's go-ahead single and David DeJesus' RBI double.

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Masset moves from one NL East team to another

Released by Marlins, Braves sign right-handed reliever

Masset moves from one NL East team to another

ATLANTA -- With their latest attempt to find creative ways to strengthen their bullpen, the Braves have opted to take a chance on right-handed reliever Nick Masset, who was designated for assignment by the Marlins just this past weekend.

Masset signed a one-year deal with the Braves and made his debut in Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Rays. The veteran right-hander, who pitched a hitless inning of relief in his first outing with the Braves, will fill the roster and bullpen spot previously occupied by Cody Martin, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

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Furcal retires, thanks Royals for opportunity

Furcal retires, thanks Royals for opportunity

KANSAS CITY -- Fourteen-year veteran Rafael Furcal retired suddenly on Monday night, moments before he was to be promoted to Triple-A Omaha.

Furcal, who had recently been promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, has been dealing with a hamstring and back issue and informed the Royals that he was considering "shutting it down."

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gosselin to miss 6-8 weeks with thumb fracture

Braves promote third baseman Garcia from Triple-A Gwinnett

Gosselin to miss 6-8 weeks with thumb fracture

ATLANTA -- Braves infielder Phil Gosselin received some discouraging news when he learned that the left thumb injury he sustained on Sunday proved to be much more significant than he initially thought.

An MRI exam performed on Monday in Atlanta revealed that Gosselin has an avulsion fracture. The versatile utility man will need approximately 6-8 weeks to recover from the surgical procedure Dr. Gary Lourie is scheduled to perform on Wednesday morning.

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Miller establishing himself as elite pitcher

Righty 'taking ownership' of career, working hard each day to improve

Miller establishing himself as elite pitcher

ATLANTA -- As Shelby Miller came within one out of completing a no-hitter on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park, Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and assistant general manager John Coppolella peered overhead from their private box and gained even more reason to believe they had indeed got exactly what they wanted in exchange for Jason Heyward.

When Atlanta acquired Miller and talented pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins in the November deal that sent Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to St. Louis, it viewed Miller as an extremely talented young pitcher with a high upside who might need a little more time to realize his potential to firmly establish himself as one of baseball's elite pitchers.

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Braves take to Twitter to cheer Miller's near no-no

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Braves take to Twitter to cheer Miller's near no-no

Miller's two-hit, one-walk shutout is certainly nothing to scoff at -- it's one of the best pitching performances of the year. Accordingly, Miller's fellow Braves were pretty darn proud:

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Braves' Miller falls 1 out shy of no-hitting Fish

Braves' Miller falls 1 out shy of no-hitting Fish

MIAMI -- Though Shelby Miller was certainly disappointed to fall one out shy of completing the first no-hitter of his career, he had no choice but to be satisfied with the two-hit shutout he fashioned while helping the Braves complete a three-game sweep with Sunday afternoon's 6-0 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

"Obviously, things didn't finish as we wanted, but at the same time, we got a sweep," Miller said. "I had a lot of fun. That's all that matters."

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

Shelby has company in the no-so-close club

Right-hander came up one out short of tossing Braves' first no-hitter since 1994

Shelby has company in the no-so-close club

If it seems as if no one could have tougher luck than Shelby Miller, who had his would-be no-hitter against the Marlins broken up by Justin Bour with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday, a glimpse back into the history books reveals that Miller has plenty of company.

In fact, 11 pitchers have had perfect games spoiled with two outs in the ninth inning, according to Sports Illustrated's Cliff Corcoran.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Miller's time now as dominant force on mound

Braves right-hander should have plenty more chances for no-no

Miller's time now as dominant force on mound

We are seeing the continued emergence of one of baseball's dominant pitchers. That's really what Sunday afternoon was about for Shelby Miller and the Atlanta Braves.

So Miller was unable to get the no-hitter against the Marlins? Big deal. He's likely to have other opportunities. There's some luck involved in these things anyway. Miller was rolling along with a nearly perfect afternoon when Miami's Justin Bour slapped a 95-mph fastball up the middle with two out in the ninth inning.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.