Miller left 'speechless' by first All-Star nod

Righty excited to represent Braves in Midsummer Classic

Miller left 'speechless' by first All-Star nod

MILWAUKEE -- Shelby Miller experienced a much-deserved thrill Monday night, when he learned that he had gained his first All-Star selection. Barring any roster changes, Miller will serve as the Braves' lone representative at this year's Midsummer Classic.

"Honestly, when you hear it for the first time, it's pretty awesome," Miller said. "You set goals for yourself every season and this is one of the goals and stepping stones that you want to have at the end of the year. I'm just grateful for the opportunity. It's an amazing experience."

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Braves halt Brewers' win streak at eight

Braves halt Brewers' win streak at eight

MILWAUKEE -- Kelly Johnson's two-run homer fueled the early offensive uprising the Braves used to cool off the red-hot Brewers and claim a 5-3 win Monday night at Miller Park. Milwaukee had won its past eight games.

The Braves, who have won five of their past six games, tallied a pair of runs in each of the first two innings against Kyle Lohse, who was fortunate to only allow four runs while surrendering 11 hits over five innings. Lohse surrendered hits, including a pair of A.J. Pierzynski doubles, to nine of the first 14 batters he faced, but he did not allow a run after the second.

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Johnson finding his stroke after DL stint

Braves veteran posts second three-RBI game in three days

Johnson finding his stroke after DL stint

MILWAUKEE -- When Kelly Johnson returned from a month-long stint on the disabled list, he initially struggled to regain the offensive consistency that he had displayed before straining his right oblique muscle May 13. But the Braves' veteran utility man seems to be rounding into form as the All-Star break approaches.

Johnson recorded his second three-RBI performance in three days during Monday night's 5-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park. His towering two-run home run in the first inning off Kyle Lohse jumpstarted the Atlanta offense, which had scored as many as four runs in just four of the previous 16 games.

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Bullpen continues recent solid stretch

Braves' quartet combines for 3 2/3 scoreless innings

Bullpen continues recent solid stretch

MILWAUKEE -- The Braves tallied four runs during the first two innings and received a decent start from Matt Wisler during Monday night's 5-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park. But while it had to be nice for the club to see the offense productive yet again without Freddie Freeman, it had to be even more encouraging to see how the bullpen prevented this from being one of those frustrating losses that seemed to occur frequently just a month ago.

While Kelly Johnson recorded his second three-RBI performance in three days and A.J. Pierzynski produced his second four-hit game of the season, the most significant contributions were provided by David Aardsma, Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson and Jason Grilli, who combined to keep the Brewers scoreless after Wisler exited with two on and two outs in the sixth inning.

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Braves, Brewers concerned for injured fan

Game halted after fan hit in face by foul at Miller Park

Braves, Brewers concerned for injured fan

MILWAUKEE -- After the Braves completed a 5-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Monday night, both teams expressed concern about an unidentified female fan who was struck in the face by Eury Perez's foul ball in the top of the ninth inning.

"It's just awful," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "For everybody in [the clubhouse], our prayers go out to her. You hate to see it. You hope she's able to recover and enjoy a game again."

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Vizcaino, Carpenter join Braves' bullpen

Righties replace Masset and Eveland, who were designated for assignment

Vizcaino, Carpenter join Braves' bullpen

MILWAUKEE -- Arodys Vizcaino's return to Atlanta's bullpen was delayed by Spring Training struggles and the 80-game suspension that followed. But the once highly regarded prospect hopes to distance himself from his frustrations and make an impact as one of the newest members of the Braves' staff.

Vizcaino and fellow right-handed reliever David Carpenter were promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the bullpen spots that were vacated when Nick Masset and Dana Eveland were designated for assignment immediately after pitching in the decisive 10th inning of Sunday's loss to the Phillies.

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Eyeing first MLB win, Banuelos faces Brewers

Eyeing first MLB win, Banuelos faces Brewers

It will be a battle of rookie starters when the Braves and Brewers square off Tuesday at Miller Park, as Atlanta's Manny Banuelos and Milwaukee's Tyler Cravy will each be making their second career starts.

Banuelos allowed just two hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Wednesday. However, the 24-year-old had to exit the game because of dehydration and cramping in his left calf and fingers.

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Miller, Braves fall late to Phillies

Miller, Braves fall late to Phillies

ATLANTA -- After Cole Hamels and Shelby Miller produced a pitching matchup that lived up to expectations on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field, Ryan Howard helped the Phillies claim a 4-0, 10-inning win over the Braves courtesy of the sacrifice fly he produced against Dana Eveland.

Before Nick Masset loaded the bases with none out in the 10th inning, this was a pitchers' duel being waged between two teams that had recently gone in different directions. The Phillies had lost six straight and the Braves had won their past four games.

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Braves get int'l bonus pool slot from A's in deal

Atlanta sends Minor League reliever Kurcz to Oakland, then signs 16-year-old Morales

Braves get int'l bonus pool slot from A's in deal

ATLANTA -- The Braves added to their flexibility on the international market on Monday, when they traded Minor League reliever Aaron Kurcz to the A's in exchange for the 113th international bonus pool slot, which is valued at $167,000.

With this trade, the Braves were permitted to sign Juan Morales, a 16-year-old shortstop from Venezuela, without being restricted from signing a significant international prospect next year because of the penalties that are attached to exceeding the allotted international bonus pool.

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Braves DFA Masset, Eveland

Atlanta recall Vizcaino, Carpenter from Triple-A Gwinnett

Braves DFA Masset, Eveland

ATLANTA -- The Braves have designated relievers Nick Masset and Dana Eveland for assignment and promoted Arodys Vizcaino and David Carpenter from Triple-A Gwinnett after their 4-0, 10-inning loss to the Phillies on Sunday.

Vizcaino recently came off of an 80-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and has posted a 5.62 ERA in eight innings this season throughout the Minors.

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Wisler adjusting nicely to life in the Majors

Wisler adjusting nicely to life in the Majors

ATLANTA -- With three starts under his belt at the Major League level, rookie right-hander Matt Wisler is adjusting to the big leagues with a "business as usual" approach.

With a 2.60 ERA and 2-1 record thus far, it's safe to say the early returns of that approach have been successful.

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Braves light up Phillies early with big innings

Braves light up Phillies early with big innings

ATLANTA -- Cameron Maybin finished a triple shy of the cycle and the Braves provided Alex Wood more than enough support with two four-run innings against Kevin Correia during Saturday night's 9-5 win over the Phillies at Turner Field.

Kelly Johnson produced a two-run single in the four-run first and chased Correia with an RBI single in the four-run fourth inning that also included a Nick Markakis two-run double. The early offensive support was welcomed by Wood, who was fortunate to allow just four runs while surrendering 10 hits over six innings.

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Maybin 'having a blast' playing in Atlanta

Center fielder falls triple short of cycle as Braves race past Phillies

Maybin 'having a blast' playing in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Cameron Maybin's long-awaited breakout season has been influenced by good health and the immediate connection he has drawn with Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. But the veteran center fielder has also been rejuvenated by the opportunity to play approximately three hours south of his North Carolina home for the team he grew up watching.

Making the most of the opportunity to play before friends and family members who were in attendance for Saturday night's 9-5 win over the Phillies, Maybin finished a triple shy of the cycle and further strengthened the argument that he has been the Braves' most valuable player.

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Braves manager: Simmons should be All-Star

Gonzalez calls shortstop a 'special, special guy'; NL reserves revealed Monday

Braves manager: Simmons should be All-Star

ATLANTA -- In Friday night's 2-1 win over the Phillies, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons did something amazing in the field. Again.

It's become a routine sight at Turner Field over the past 3 1/2 seasons. So routine in fact, that Simmons' throw to second from deep in the outfield foul territory to gun down Cameron Rupp went largely unnoticed.

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McKirahan could return to Braves on July 20

Suspended reliever starts rehab stint; Vizcaino likely to get another outing

McKirahan could return to Braves on July 20

ATLANTA -- Left-handed reliever Andrew McKirahan was assigned to begin his suspension rehab with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. If McKirahan remains healthy over the next few weeks, he will likely rejoin Atlanta's bullpen July 20.

McKirahan is nearing the end of his 80-game performance-enhancing-drug suspension that began April 18. As long as none of the Braves' games are postponed, the suspension will expire after the July 19 game against the Cubs.

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Long story short: Homers win it for Braves

Gomes, Uribe go deep to provide club with much-needed power

Long story short: Homers win it for Braves

ATLANTA -- During the offseason, the Braves front office made a conscious decision to go to a contact-oriented approach offensively, leading to a team that is last in the Majors in home runs.

But Friday night in the series opener against the Phillies at Turner Field, Atlanta powered its way to a 2-1 victory with home runs from left fielder Jonny Gomes and third baseman Juan Uribe.

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Uribe ends duel with one mighty slash

Uribe ends duel with one mighty slash

The Braves entered Friday's series opener with the Phillies as Major League Baseball's worst home run hitting team, but the long ball proved to be the difference as Jonny Gomes and Juan Uribe both connected off of Phillies starter Adam Morgan to lead Atlanta to a 2-1 win.

The homers backed up yet another solid home performance from Julio Teheran, who allowed just one unearned run over seven innings. Teheran was far from flawless, as he worked around Philadelphia baserunners throughout the evening, but still managed to lower his home ERA to 2.04.

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Banuelos facing an innings limit

Despite rookie's strong debut vs. Scherzer, Braves proceeding cautiously post-Tommy John surgery

Banuelos facing an innings limit

ATLANTA -- Manny Banuelos will be restricted by an innings limit because of the significant caution the Yankees took as he returned from Tommy John surgery last year. But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said no definite plans have been set for the rookie left-hander, who produced a stellar Major League debut while matching up against Max Scherzer in Thursday night's 2-1 win over the Nationals.

"I know there is a number out there, but I think if you follow it every individual is different," Gonzalez said. "I think with every case you have to be willing to do something different. But nobody has set a shutdown date or anything like that."

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Vizcaino nearing return to Braves bullpen

Pitcher's PED suspension concludes at end of Friday's game

Vizcaino nearing return to Braves bullpen

ATLANTA -- Arodys Vizcaino could join the Braves bullpen within the next few days.

Triple-A Gwinnett activated Vizcaino Friday after he completed a rehab assignment, but with Atlanta playing its 80th game of the season Friday against the Phillies, he could join Atlanta as soon as Saturday, although he's thrown just seven innings this season at or below the Double-A level.

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Braves add two highly touted international free agents

Team agrees to terms with pair of 16-year-olds from Dominican Republic

ATLANTA -- The Braves agreed to terms with two International free agents from the Dominican Republic on Friday, shortstop Derian Cruz and outfielder Cristian Pache.

Both 16-year-old players will report to the Braves' Dominican Academy.

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Braves sink Scherzer with walk-off in ninth

Braves sink Scherzer with walk-off in ninth

ATLANTA -- It took a fortunate hop, but the Braves found a way to conquer Max Scherzer, courtesy of a one-out, walk-off single that Cameron Maybin bounced over the third-base bag to conclude Thursday night's 2-1 win over the Nationals at Turner Field.

Scherzer entered the ninth having retired 10 straight batters, going back to Andrelton Simmons' fifth-inning RBI single. But the tide turned when Pedro Ciriaco opened the bottom of the ninth with an infield single. Two batters later, Maybin bounced his game-winning hit over the third-base bag and into left field. Against Washington manager Matt Williams' wishes, the umpires didn't review the play because it was a ruling that occurred in front of the bag.

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Maybin makes most of shot at redemption

Maybin makes most of shot at redemption

ATLANTA -- Cameron Maybin once again displayed his accountability and professionalism when he said that he was embarrassed that he had put his Braves teammates in a position where they nearly lost the opportunity to conquer Max Scherzer and the Nationals.

Maybin's inability to secure Bryce Harper's sharp liner to begin the seventh inning resulted in a double and led to a run that erased the possibility of Manny Banuelos earning a win in his Major League debut. But two innings later, the center fielder delivered the fortune-filled walk-off single that doomed Scherzer and provided the Braves a 2-1 win over the Nationals.

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Freeman confirms he's out until after break

Freeman confirms he's out until after break

ATLANTA -- After spending the past couple of weeks dealing with pain and frustration, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has conceded that he has no choice but to rest his injured right wrist until after the All-Star break.

Freeman has been sidelined since June 18 with a bone bruise and aggravated ligaments in his right wrist. Though it has been assumed for more than a week that he would be sidelined through the break, it is still too early to pinpoint exactly when he will be healthy enough to return to the Braves' lineup.

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Banuelos enjoys scoreless debut, cramps and all

Banuelos enjoys scoreless debut, cramps and all

ATLANTA -- Faced with the challenge of making his Major League debut against Max Scherzer on Thursday night at Turner Field, Manny Banuelos had no trouble maintaining his poise and showing why he was once one of baseball's top pitching prospects.

Everything seemed to be going better than Banuelos could have expected. But in the process of crafting an impressive debut that helped the Braves claim a 2-1 win over the Nationals, the 24-year-old left-hander was forced to make an unceremonious, sixth-inning exit because he started to be undone by cramps in his left calf and fingers.

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Braves make 3 trades for bonus pool money

Braves make 3 trades for bonus pool money

ATLANTA -- When this year's international signing period began on Thursday, the Braves agreed to provide seven-figure signing bonuses to two players listed among MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects. They then began positioning themselves to be aggressive yet again on next year's international market.

The Braves added a little more than $1.1 million to their international bonus pool via three trades on Thursday. Cody Martin was sent to the A's in exchange for the 53rd international bonus pool slot, which was set at $388,400. A few hours later, Atlanta traded two Minor Leaguers (right-handed pitcher Caleb Dirks and outfielder Jordan Paroubeck) to the Dodgers for the 87th bonus pool slot, which is valued at $249,000. The Braves ended the flurry by sending Minor League pitcher Garrett Fulenchek to the Rays for the 73rd ($299,000) and 103rd spots ($195,200).

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Close, non-reviewable call ends it in Atlanta

Close, non-reviewable call ends it in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Nationals stayed on the field longer than most losing teams Thursday night, after the Braves' 2-1 walk-off victory in the series finale at Turner Field, but only because of a close call on Cameron Maybin's game-winning hit down the third-base line.

Maybin went down in the zone and connected with a low slider from Max Scherzer with a runner on second and one out in the bottom of the ninth, driving the ball into the dirt just in front of home plate and then watched it bounce over Yunel Escobar and third base and land in foul territory past the bag.

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Braves close to signing two top international prospects

Braves close to signing two top international prospects

The Braves are on the verge of adding a pair of high-profile international prospects to their Minor League system.

According to industry sources, the Braves agreed to $1.4 million signing bonus with outfielder Cristian Pache, ranked No. 10 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, and a $2 million bonus for infielder Derian Cruz, ranked No.24. Atlanta also signed Venezuelan shortstop Juan Morales for $450,000.

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Wisler logs firsts at plate while stifling Nats

Braves rookie adds to four-run fourth with first MLB hit, RBI; allows one hit over 5 1/3

Wisler logs firsts at plate while stifling Nats

ATLANTA -- Through the first three starts of his career, Braves right-hander Matt Wisler has displayed his tremendous potential, experienced some inevitable growing pains and proven that it is not always wise to intentionally walk a batter to bring him to the plate.

Along with pitching effectively into the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 4-1 win over the Nationals at Turner Field, Wisler also notched his first career hit -- an RBI single off Doug Fister -- immediately after Eury Perez was intentionally walked with two outs during a four-run fourth inning.

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