ATLANTA -- After staying composed and bouncing back from a rough start, Tyrell Jenkins was too nervous to watch the realization of a much-anticipated moment. The Braves' rookie pitcher reached his first career milestone while making a sandwich with his back turned to the television in the home clubhouse at Turner Field.
But once Jim Johnson stranded two runners with assistance from the defensive gem Erick Aybar produced at the end of Friday night's 2-1 win over the Phillies, Jenkins did not hide the excitement he felt upon notching his first career victory.
ATLANTA -- While Vince Velasquez auditioned for the crowd of scouts that came to see him at Turner Field on Friday night, Tyrell Jenkins provided a more encouraging glimpse of his potential as a starting pitcher and helped the Braves claim a 2-1 win over the Phillies.
Gordon Beckham and Nick Markakis recorded RBI singles during a two-run second inning that doomed Velasquez and proved sufficient for Jenkins, who allowed just one unearned run over six innings en route to claiming his first career win. The Phillies had won each of the past five games played against the Braves.
ATLANTA -- Because he has not traded Freddie Freeman, Braves general manager John Coppolella still has the option to use his right arm as he texts and calls other baseball executives leading up to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
While Coppolella has said he would rather trade his right arm than Freeman, he has not officially said the same about Julio Teheran. But he has spent the past couple weeks making it clear to fans, media members and fellow general managers that he will not trade Teheran.
ATLANTA -- Chase d'Arnaud was caught off-guard when he received light-hearted messages from friends and some female fans who had seen him seemingly peck a male fan on the neck or cheek as he pursued a foul ball during Thursday night's 7-5 loss to the Phillies at Turner Field.
Initially, d'Arnaud simply remembered the play in the fourth inning as one during which a male fan reached into foul territory along the left-field line and caught a fly ball hit by Cody Asche, who was incensed when he was ruled out because of fan interference.
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.
Sims among top prospect performers Friday
Cubs prospect hits first grand slam in four-hit effort; Rockies infielder hits timely homer
By Mike Rosenbaum
Another day, another monstrous offensive performance for Eloy Jimenez.
The Cubs' No. 3 prospect was at it again on Friday night as he delivered the first grand slam of his career as well as a pair of doubles in what was his third four-hit game of the season. Jimenez ultimately fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs to power Class A South Bend past Lake County, 11-7.
ATLANTA -- As shortstop Dansby Swanson has progressed through his first full professional season, he has lived up to lofty expectations and strengthened his status as one of baseball's top overall prospects.
Swanson ranks fifth on MLBPipeline.com's midseason Top 100 prospects list, which was released on Thursday. Four other Braves were included on this list -- second baseman Ozzie Albies (19th) and left-handed pitcher Sean Newcomb (60th), left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard (75th) and right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson (94th).
ATLANTA -- The Phillies entered Thursday having lost nine of their past 13 games, while their offense had not scored more than four runs in a game since the All-Star break. But in a 7-5 win over the Braves at Turner Field, the Phillies snapped their recent run-scoring drought, registering a five-run first inning and three homers.
Matt Wisler put Atlanta in a first-inning hole when he allowed a three-run home run to Maikel Franco. Tommy Joseph followed with a solo shot, marking the fourth time this year the Phillies have hit back-to-back homers. Two more batters reached base before Wisler recorded the first out of the game on his 27th pitch.
ATLANTA -- Matt Wisler exited May with reason to believe he had distanced himself from the frustrating portion of his development. But the Braves right-hander will enter August humbled by the reality that he is once again back at the Minor League level.
After Wisler produced his latest rough start in Thursday night's 7-5 loss to the Phillies, the Braves informed him he was being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. The demotion will give the once highly-regarded prospect a chance to clear his mind and gain the aggression that he has lacked over the past two months.
After being acquired from the Mariners during the offseason, Ramirez made Atlanta's Opening Day roster but allowed six runs in his first two appearances. The right-hander was designated for assignment on April 11.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Freddie Freeman stole a base, hit his longest home run of the season and recorded career highs with four hits and five RBIs on Wednesday night. But the Braves first baseman seemed to believe the most unique development in a 9-7 win over the Twins came courtesy of the three hits he recorded with runners in scoring position.
"It's actually nice to get some hits with runners in scoring position," said Freeman, who has been frustrated frequently this season in run-producing opportunities. "It's nice to do my job for once this year."
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins wanted to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of their dramatic victory over Atlanta in the 1991 World Series, but Freddie Freeman and the Braves decided to crash the party with a 9-7 victory.
Freeman tied career highs with four hits and five RBIs as the Braves chased Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the second inning. Atlanta took an early 7-0 lead before holding off a furious Minnesota comeback for a 9-7 victory at Target Field on Wednesday night, winning both games in a short Interleague series.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Braves general manager John Coppolella has long shown a willingness to quickly flip players who have exceeded expectations and gained unexpected trade value. But none of the previous quick flips rivaled the one realized Wednesday, when the Braves traded starting pitcher Lucas Harrell and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez to the Rangers for Travis Demeritte, who has quickly developed into one of the game's top power-hitting prospects.
"It's a great credit to our pro scouting staff and a great credit to our coaching staff that we were able to get these players who weren't with the Braves nine weeks ago and then put them in spots where they had a lot of success," Coppolella said. "For us to be able to get back somebody we think can become one of our best hitting prospects, that's very satisfying."
MINNEAPOLIS -- Since providing an initial scare when he made an early exit from Friday's start at Coors Field, Julio Teheran has made a quick recovery and positioned himself to make his next start this weekend.
Taking advantage of Monday's off-day, the Braves have given Teheran a couple extra days of rest and lined him up to start Saturday night's game against the Phillies at Turner Field. The All-Star right-hander has not experienced any lingering effects since he exited Friday's start because of tightness in his right lat -- the large back muscle located behind and below the shoulder.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers hit two needs in one trade on Wednesday when they acquired right-handed starter Lucas Harrell and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez from the Braves for Minor League infielder Travis Demeritte.
The Rangers may not be done in their search for starting pitching, as they continue to scout the Rays and other teams with available starters before Monday's Trade Deadline.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MINNEAPOLIS -- It was the kind of outing by Ervin Santana that showcased why the Twins have been hesitant to trade the 12-year veteran, as he recorded his second complete game of the year. But the Braves pitched out of several jams and did just enough offensively, led by a solo homer from Adonis Garcia, in a 2-0 win over Minnesota on Tuesday night at Target Field.
Braves right-hander Lucas Harrell, who like Santana has also found himself subject to trade rumors, limited the Twins to four hits and three walks over six scoreless frames to get his second win. Relievers Mauricio Cabrera, Hunter Cervenka, Chris Withrow and closer Jim Johnson combined to throw three scoreless innings to preserve Atlanta's seventh shutout of the year.
Should we feel confident that the Braves really will not trade Julio Teheran?
-- Jason P., Charlotte, N.C.
Though the Braves might have evaluated potential returns for Teheran, they have now seemingly decided to pair him with Freddie Freeman as essentially the only two "untouchable" pieces on their current big league roster. You've heard them say, "We don't want to trade (fill-in-the-blank)," only to see Craig Kimbrel and Evan Gattis go elsewhere in the past. But this time, they have reason to stick to their word.
DENVER -- Two weeks after entering the All-Star break feeling good about how they had fared over the previous month, the Braves once again find themselves in the midst of one of those frustration-filled stretches they were hoping to avoid during the season's second half.
The Braves came out of the break looking forward to the opportunity to spend two weeks tidying their ugly record with games against the Rockies, Reds and Twins. But instead of taking advantage of the chance to get healthier against other teams with sub .500 records, Atlanta has instead been routinely introduced to the disappointment felt on Sunday afternoon, when they were swept out of Coors Field with a 7-2 loss to the Rockies.
DENVER -- The Rockies chased Braves pitcher Tyrell Jenkins before he could finish the fourth inning with three home runs in a 7-2 victory over the Braves on Sunday at Coors Field to complete their first four-game sweep since July 9-12, 2015, which was also against the Braves.
Colorado wasted no time scoring, hitting around in the first inning and plating four runs on Nolan Arenado's three-run homer and Nick Hundley's RBI single. The Rockies ended Jenkins' outing two innings later when DJ LeMahieu homered to lead off the inning and Trevor Story hit his fourth homer of the series two batters later. More >
DENVER -- When Freddie Freeman produced his impressive offensive tear during June's final two weeks, he was not taking batting practice because of the discomfort caused by what was essentially a cracked left rib.
Since Freeman resumed taking batting practice once he started feeling better during July's first week, he has endured another maddening slump. It has just been that kind of year for the Braves first baseman, who has batted .179 with a .648 OPS since the All-Star break. He improved those numbers as he notched a pair of hits in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field.
DENVER -- Trevor Story put himself into the record books, then lifted the Rockies to their third straight victory over the Braves, 8-4, on Saturday night at Coors Field. Story homered twice and had career highs with four hits and five RBIs.
The Rockies -- who will try to sweep the series Sunday afternoon -- improved to 6-3 since the All-Star break and are .500 (24-24) at home for the first time since June 27. Story is too wrapped up in the performance of his club, which is 46-51 but harboring dreams of pushing into the National League Wild Card race, to think much about history.
DENVER -- Though they might be tired of the growing pains that come with attempting to establish themselves as big league starting pitchers, Braves right-handers Mike Foltynewicz and Matt Wisler accept the reality that they are in an often frustrating portion of the development process.
As the season has progressed, the Braves have reason to be encouraged about where these two might stand next year. But after Wisler combusted during the sixth inning of Saturday night's 8-4 loss to the Rockies, the Braves were once again reminded to remain patient.
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.
Weigel among top prospect performers Saturday
Brewers prospect caps huge game with walk-off shot; Indians' No. 2 notches season-high four hits
By Mike Rosenbaum
The Midwest League is notorious for dampening the power of young hitters. Apparently no one told that to Isan Diaz.
The Brewers' No. 11 prospect slugged a pair of home runs on Saturday, including a walk-off shot to propel Class A Wisconsin past Lake County, 9-8. Diaz also hit a triple in the contest en route to finishing 3-for-4, while his six RBIs represented a new career high.
DENVER -- Ender Inciarte's name has been linked to trade rumors dating back to the night the Braves acquired him as part of the blockbuster package gained from the D-backs in December. But unless Atlanta general manager John Coppolella is blown away by an offer, it does not look like he will trade the talented center fielder who has compensated for his offensive struggles by consistently providing Gold Glove-caliber defense.
"We've been so pleased with what Ender brings every day," Coppolella said. "We know he's a better hitter than what he is showing, but he provides so much value defensively and he's also a great makeup player. We love what he brings to the clubhouse and the energy he brings to our team."
DENVER -- In a rematch of a pitcher's duel from five days prior against Julio Teheran, the Rockies' Jon Gray got the upper hand. The rookie right-hander tossed seven brilliant innings and closer Carlos Estevez survived a wild ninth for a 4-3 victory over the Braves on Friday night at Coors Field.
After not factoring into the decision in the Rockies' 1-0 loss in Atlanta on Sunday, Gray earned the win by holding the Braves to one run on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. The only run came in the first inning on Nick Markakis' RBI infield single that knocked in Freddie Freeman, whose triple popped out of left fielder Ryan Raburn's glove.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com who covered the Rockies on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Allard among top prospect performers Friday
Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong
By William Boor
Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.