Braves' extra effort not enough

Braves' extra effort not enough

BALTIMORE -- After watching his team squander a few late-inning opportunities on Monday night at Camden Yards, Matt Wieters opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run off Luis Avilan to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Braves.

The Braves gained a brief lead when Adonis Garcia tallied the game's first run with his one-out home run in the ninth inning off Zach Britton. But the Orioles battled back against their former closer Jim Johnson, who surrendered consecutive singles to Adam Jones and Wieters before allowing J.J. Hardy's game-tying sacrifice fly.

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Maybin likely to stay put at Deadline

Teams asking about center fielder, but Braves would need overwhelming offer

Maybin likely to stay put at Deadline

BALTIMORE -- As Cameron Maybin flourished once he gained an everyday role in May, the Braves toyed with the idea of "selling high" on him. But they are now providing clear indication that they would need to be blown away with an offer to trade Maybin, who would stand as a bargain over the next two seasons if he continues to extend his recent success.

Multiple teams have expressed interest in Maybin and will likely continue to do so leading up to Friday afternoon's non-waiver Trade Deadline. But the Braves do not anticipate receiving an offer that would tempt them to trade the 28-year-old center fielder, who entered Monday having hit .282 with eight home runs, 17 stolen bases and a .744 OPS.

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After charmed time in Charm City, Markakis returns

Veteran outfielder back in Baltimore to face Orioles as member of Braves

After charmed time in Charm City, Markakis returns

BALTIMORE -- When Nick Markakis ended his long tenure in Baltimore by signing a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in December, he gained a better understanding of the baseball's business aspect. But he did not lose the admiration of many of those who spent time with him as he completed the first nine seasons of his Major League career with the Orioles.

Markakis got a sense of this as he played the Orioles for the first time in his career on Monday night at Camden Yards. As the Braves leadoff hitter stepped in the batter's box to begin the game, he drew a loud, stirring ovation that forced him to step out of the way and gesture gratitude toward both the fans and his former teammates in the first-base dugout.

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Smoltz adds levity to solemnity in Hall speech

Reflective pitcher addresses seriousness of Tommy John surgeries, dons wig to fire back at HOF mates

Smoltz adds levity to solemnity in Hall speech

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- John Smoltz did not intend for his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech to run as long as it did. But it only seemed fitting that the last man to wear No. 29 for the Braves' organization spent a little more than 29 minutes extending gratitude and drawing some laughs with that same sense of humor that made him such a beloved teammate during his legendary pitching career.

"The best way to describe my career is unique," said Smoltz, who was inducted alongside Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez. "I can't think of any other word. It's unique in every way. I have fingerprints on my career from all of those who have touched me and impacted me and helped me along the way. It is a huge army that got John Smoltz from Lansing, Michigan, to where I am today."

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Garcia's first homer helps Braves stop Cardinals

Garcia's first homer helps Braves stop Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- A go-ahead home run by Adonis Garcia helped the Braves halt the Cardinals' five-game winning streak and avoid a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win at Busch Stadium on Sunday.

Having lost an early two-run lead, the Braves got a jolt when Garcia connected for his first home run in his fourth career game. Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (11-4) served up the blast in the final inning of his six-inning start.

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Smoltz's Hall message: Protect 'future arms'

Smoltz's Hall message: Protect 'future arms'

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- As John Smoltz delivered his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech on Sunday afternoon, he took advantage of an opportunity to express his belief that year-round youth baseball programs have influenced the recent rise in young pitchers needing Tommy John surgery.

"I've been given an opportunity as the only player right now to be inducted to the Hall of Fame after undergoing Tommy John surgery," Smoltz said. "It's an epidemic. It's something that is affecting our game. It's something that I thought would cost me my career. But thanks to Dr. James Andrews and all those doctors before him, performing the surgery with such precision has caused it to be almost a false read, like a Band-Aid you put on your arm."

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Wisler conquers jitters, beats baseball's best

Wisler conquers jitters, beats baseball's best

ST. LOUIS -- The preamble to Matt Wisler's seventh Major League start and its beginning provided reasons for concern, but the results were impressive once again as the Braves' rookie picked up his fifth win in Atlanta's 3-2 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Sunday.

Wisler didn't feel sharp in the bullpen, and he admitted to feeling nervous facing the club with baseball's best record. The 22-year-old righty needed a strikeout to escape the first inning with two runners in scoring position after leadoff batter Kolten Wong singled and former Brave Jason Heyward poked a two-out double down the left-field line.

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Smoltz wore a wig during his HOF induction speech

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Smoltz wore a wig during his HOF induction speech

During his Hall of Fame induction speech on Sunday, John Smoltz took some time to consider the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics by exploring all the different ways his life might have turned out. In one universe, he let his hair grow out. 

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Braves getting first-hand look at what Garcia can do

Fredi hopes to get 30-year-old rookie in the lineup more after past two days, including decisive HR

Braves getting first-hand look at what Garcia can do

ST. LOUIS -- Fredi Gonzalez didn't know a lot about Adonis Garcia beyond what Triple-A Gwinnett manager Brian Snitker told him of the 30-year-old's plate prowess.

Now the Braves manager has seen it first-hand.

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Smoltz among quartet inducted into Hall

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio take their places in Cooperstown

Smoltz among quartet inducted into Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For anyone who has been there to make the comparison, Sunday's induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame was much like a World Baseball Classic contest with the defending-champion Dominican Republic participating.

Dominican flags were waving in clusters as the rhythmic sound of cymbals clanging and congas beating resounded throughout the grounds behind the Clark Sports Center.

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They said it: Quotes from HOF quartet

A selection of memorable remarks made by Biggio, Smoltz, Johnson and Martinez during the induction ceremony

They said it: Quotes from HOF quartet

On Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, N.Y., Major League Baseball welcomed four new members into its National Baseball Hall of Fame ranks. The 2015 class -- featuring greats Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez-- was enshrined before thousands of fans at the Clark Sports Center.

Here's some of what they had to say at their induction ceremony.

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Miller, Braves drop duel to Martinez, Cardinals

Miller, Braves drop duel to Martinez, Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- With an eighth-inning sacrifice fly off Braves reliever Luis Avilan, rookie Stephen Piscotty interrupted a pitchers' duel between former teammates and lifted the Cardinals to a 1-0 win over Atlanta. The victory, which came in front of a Saturday night sellout of 45,862 at Busch Stadium, gave the Cards their sixth five-game winning streak of the season.

Returning to St. Louis for the first time since being traded away last November, Shelby Miller matched Carlos Martinez through seven scoreless innings. The Cardinals finally broke through in the eighth, which opened with a Yadier Molina single and a walk to Randal Grichuk. With one out, Piscotty delivered a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to give the Cardinals their 11th final at-bat win of the year.

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Miller supported by former crowd, not current offense

Former Cardinals righty allows one run on two hits, but remains winless since May 17

Miller supported by former crowd, not current offense

ST. LOUIS -- After 7 1/3 innings of brilliant pitching and two standing ovations from the crowd at Busch Stadium, all Shelby Miller could do was watch as the Cardinals snuck a run across the plate for a 1-0 victory over the Braves on Saturday night.

When Cardinals pinch-hitter Stephen Piscotty lifted a sacrifice fly to right field in the eighth inning off Braves reliever Luis Avilan, Miller took a loss he hardly deserved in an impressive return to the city where he began his career.

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Braves call up infielders Castro, Garcia

Braves call up infielders Castro, Garcia

ST. LOUIS -- To fill the roster holes left by Friday night's trade of Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets in exchange for a pair of Minor League pitchers, the Braves recalled Daniel Castro and Adonis Garcia from Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.

Garcia, a 30-year-old utility player, earned his first Major League start at third base in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Cardinals. He went for 1-for-3, with his single in the second inning his first career hit.

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Banuelos, Braves drop battle of rookies

Banuelos, Braves drop battle of rookies

ST. LOUIS -- After opening his career with five no-decisions, lefty Tim Cooney notched his first Major League win while throwing a career-high seven innings in the Cardinals' 4-2 victory over the Braves at Busch Stadium on Friday night.

Cooney received most of his support from center fielder Randal Grichuk, who connected for a two-run homer and scored twice against Braves starter Manny Banuelos. Three of the four runs Banuelos allowed over five-plus innings came with two out.

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Braves deal Uribe, K. Johnson for Minors pitchers

Atlanta adds prospect Whalen, Georgia native Gant in exchange for veterans

Braves deal Uribe, K. Johnson for Minors pitchers

COOPERSTOWN -- The Braves began unloading some of their veterans, trading Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets in exchange for Minor League pitchers Rob Whalen and John Gant, the teams announced Friday night.

This will likely be the first of several moves the Braves make over the next week before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline as they attempt to gain some value for their veterans who will become free agents at the end of this season.

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'Best outing' not enough in Teheran's 11-K start

Strikeout mark ties righty's career high as Braves fall to Dodgers

'Best outing' not enough in Teheran's 11-K start

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran had one of those games on Wednesday afternoon that we've come to expect from the Braves' Opening Day starter.

Teheran pitched well. He struck out more than a few batters, matching a career high with 11. He got into a little bit of trouble, but he mostly got out of what he got into. And the Braves, in the end, had nothing to show for it but a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.

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Teheran's K-heavy effort offset by rough frame

Teheran's K-heavy effort offset by rough frame

ATLANTA -- The Dodgers concluded their three-game series against the Braves at Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon with a 3-1 victory behind the arm of Mike Bolsinger, who gave Los Angeles seven strong innings.

Though Bolsinger didn't have the eye-catching numbers that opposing starter Julio Teheran put up, he held Atlanta batters to just one unearned run and three hits while retiring 14 consecutive batters from the third inning into the seventh. Los Angeles only managed to score during a three-run fifth inning, but it was more than enough to back Bolsinger's 98-pitch effort.

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Hall of Famer Smoltz is Mr. Everything

Smoltz: 'Challenge me to ice skate and I'll do it'

Hall of Famer Smoltz is Mr. Everything

Let me tell you how life works for John Smoltz, who is the most competitive person you'll ever meet: If he ran for President of the United States, he'd be in the Oval Office after the next election. Who will be the first man on Pluto? If you give Smoltz a rocket ship and a space suit, he'll figure it out.

Even now, at 48, Smoltz embarrasses folks half his age in pickup basketball games around Atlanta.

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Despite struggling offense, Braves still in hunt

Solid pitching keeps Atlanta in contention while Freeman recovers

Despite struggling offense, Braves still in hunt

ATLANTA -- Nothing has come easily for the Braves in this reshaping season. They've hung around .500 for much of the year, and they're still within striking distance of first place in the National League East.

But it's been a scrap, especially offensively. That was never more evident than Wednesday, when they eked out three singles -- only one of them hard-hit -- in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers at Turner Field. Cameron Maybin's RBI groundout provided the Braves' run.

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Wood gets on track with mechanical fix

Lefty adjusts stance on rubber, battles Dodgers to earn win

Wood gets on track with mechanical fix

ATLANTA -- After a scoreless outing in Pittsburgh on June 28, Alex Wood felt he had finally regained the form that allowed him to finish last season in dominant fashion. But when he followed with a couple of shaky starts that extended the frustration he has felt this season, the Braves left-hander made some adjustments that proved beneficial during a 4-3 win Tuesday night over the Dodgers.

"It felt good," Wood said. "It felt like last year. I'm hoping as we keep going, everything is going to iron itself out. It was definitely a good way to start the [season's] second half."

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Wood, C. Johnson lead way past Dodgers

Wood, C. Johnson lead way past Dodgers

ATLANTA -- Chris Johnson recorded three hits and the Braves benefited from a couple of costly errors while preserving Alex Wood's determined effort in Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the Dodgers at Turner Field.

Nick Markakis opened the decisive fifth inning with a single and advanced to second when center fielder Joc Pederson fumbled the ball. Johnson followed with a single to set the stage for former Dodger Juan Uribe to deliver the go-ahead RBI single off Pedro Baez, who was the second of four relievers used after Los Angeles' starter Brett Anderson suffered a left Achilles tendon injury in the third inning.

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Simmons selected for Heart and Hustle Award

Alumni vote for shortstop as Braves' 2015 winner

Simmons selected for Heart and Hustle Award

ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons was pleased to learn Tuesday the Major League Players Alumni Association selected him as the Braves' honoree for this year's Heart and Hustle Award.

This award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. Each team's winner is selected by votes cast from former players who have established relationship with the respective clubs.

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Markakis focused on win, not notable HR

Veteran ends homerless drought amid challenging season

Markakis focused on win, not notable HR

ATLANTA -- When Nick Markakis signed with the Braves in December, there was not much reason to believe that a home run in the first inning of a late July game would garner much attention. But as the veteran outfielder has battled back from offseason neck surgery, he has been forced to remain patient.

Markakis' two-run shot off Brandon Beachy in the Braves' 7-5 win over the Dodgers on Monday night was his first home run since Sept. 25, a span of 356 at-bats. Though the Braves right fielder was aware of why the event was significant, he was more satisfied with the outcome it helped produce.

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Sutton inducted into Braves Hall of Fame

Longtime Atlanta announcer has been on air since 1989

Sutton inducted into Braves Hall of Fame

ATLANTA -- When Don Sutton made the successful transition from legendary pitcher to beloved broadcaster, he likened the opportunity to work alongside Ernie Johnson Sr., Pete Van Wieren and Skip Caray to the good fortune he had when he broke into the Major Leagues as part of a Dodgers rotation that featured Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

"When I started with the Dodgers with those guys, I won the lottery," Sutton said. "Then, to start in broadcasting with the same sort of people, guys that were at that level and were very patient with me, there was no doubt in my mind [that] there was no other place I could have gone, or no other time I could have gone somewhere that would have been as helpful to me in my career."

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Toussaint tosses six no-hit innings for Class A Rome

Braves No. 4 prospect lowers his ERA to 3.20 after five starts for the Braves

Toussaint tosses six no-hit innings for Class A Rome

Monday night, Braves No. 4 prospect Touki Toussaint was unhittable.

The 19-year-old allowed four walks while striking out eight over six innings during Class A Rome's extra-innings game against Lakewood. Toussaint needed 85 pitches, tossing 48 for strikes. Blue Claws hitter Cord Sandberg -- the Phillies' No. 13 prospect -- singled off Daniel Cordero in the seventh inning to break up the team no-no.

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Braves thwart LA behind Peterson's 3 RBIs

Braves thwart LA behind Peterson's 3 RBIs

ATLANTA -- Jace Peterson drove in three runs and Nick Markakis hit his first home run of the season as the Braves overcame Matt Wisler's rough fifth inning for a 7-5 win Monday night over the Dodgers at Turner Field.

After the Dodgers tied the game with four two-out runs in the fifth, they saw their former third baseman Juan Uribe put the Braves back on top for good with an RBI single off left-hander Adam Liberatore in the bottom half of the inning. Liberatore entered in relief of former Atlanta pitcher Brandon Beachy, who completed four innings while making his second start since returning from a second Tommy John surgery.

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McKirahan returns, ready to move forward

Lefty back in bullpen from 80-game PED suspension

McKirahan returns, ready to move forward

ATLANTA -- Andrew McKirahan returned to the Braves' bullpen on Monday ready to distance himself from the embarrassment and frustration he felt while serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for ipamorelin, a performance-enhancing substance banned under Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

"It was a mistake," McKirahan said. "I put that in the past. I've had a lot of support from family, friends, teammates and coaches. I'm ready to live in the present and look forward to the future and help this ballclub out any way that I can."

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