Teheran shows he can still be dominant

Teheran shows he can still be dominant

PHILADELPHIA -- As the Braves spent the past few weeks evaluating the trade market for Julio Teheran, the offers they received confirmed that other teams had recognized he was no longer the imposing, impressive pitcher he had been in the past.

If Teheran finishes this season strong, the Braves could re-evaluate his value on the trade market or simply keep him with the hope that he will continue to prove as aggressive and successful as he was while looking like his old self during Sunday afternoon's 6-2 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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Braves beat Phillies, snap 6-game skid

Braves beat Phillies, snap 6-game skid

PHILADELPHIA -- Jace Peterson's three-run home run in the fifth inning gave the Braves the lead and they never looked back in Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, preventing the sweep and ending Atlanta's six-game losing streak.

Peterson's home run came two at-bats after Chris Johnson tied the score, 1-1, with a single that scored Cameron Maybin. The four runs in the fifth inning provided enough cushion for starting pitcher Julio Teheran to silence the hot offense of the Phillies. Teheran allowed two runs in seven innings, striking out seven and walking none. The effort was good enough to provide him his first road win since Opening Day.

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Simmons to have MRI on right thumb Monday

Shortstop is expected to miss at least a few days; hopes to avoid going on DL

Simmons to have MRI on right thumb Monday

PHILADELPHIA -- Andrelton Simmons felt fortunate that he did not fracture his right thumb during Saturday night's 12-2 loss to the Phillies. But the significance of the Braves shortstop's injury will not be known until he undergoes an MRI exam on Monday in Atlanta.

"Our medical people are calling it a sprain," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. " There is no timetable. We're on top of it. We'll get him some ice and treatment and see how quickly we can get him back on the field."

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Foltynewicz leads Braves against Giants

Foltynewicz leads Braves against Giants

As the Giants have soared back toward the top of the National League West standings over the past few weeks, Buster Posey has shown why he is one of baseball's top offensive threats.  

Now the Georgia native will have an opportunity to extend his success back home, as he and his San Francisco teammates begin a three-game series on Monday night against the Braves at Turner Field.

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Braves must deal with rotation's growing pains

Braves must deal with rotation's growing pains

PHILADELPHIA -- Some of the patience the Braves will need to maintain the remainder of the season will be necessitated by carrying three rookies in their starting rotation. Thus they will be subject to endure some of the growing pains Matt Wisler felt while experiencing the toughest start of his young career during Saturday night's 12-2 loss to the Phillies.

"This is a part of the growing pains," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "This is exactly what you're going to get. You're going to have two or three good outings by a young pitcher and then have a bad one. I know with [Wisler] the learning curve is short. He'll go back out in four or five days and get it back on track."

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Braves move forward after latest round of trades

Braves move forward after latest round of trades

PHILADELPHIA -- Given how many moves they have made dating back to the end of last season, it was assumed the Braves would at least get their fix by making more before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline passed.

But as Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez prepared for Friday night's game against the Phillies, he experienced the oddity of having a roster that was essentially the same as it had been on Thursday night. None of his veterans had been traded and the roster alteration came via the addition of Williams Perez, who came off the disabled list to fill the rotation spot previously held by the recently-traded Alex Wood.

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Braves fall to Phillies, lose 6th straight

Braves fall to Phillies, lose 6th straight

PHILADELPHIA -- Cameron Rupp and Freddy Galvis each drilled three-run homers to provide Aaron Nola more than enough support as he bounced back from a rough first inning to lead the surging Phillies to a 12-2 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Rupp's fourth-inning home run off Matt Wisler's first-pitch slider provided the Phillies a lead they would not relinquish on the way to improving to 12-2 since the All-Star break. Nola surrendered Nick Markakis' third career leadoff home run during a two-run first inning and then ended his five-inning performance with four consecutive scoreless innings.

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Braves looking to minimize struggles

Braves looking to minimize struggles

PHILADELPHIA -- As they have spent the past week trading some of their key veterans and entering full rebuild mode, the Braves prepared themselves for the fact the season's final two months might not be pretty.

But as the Braves look toward the future with the hope of keeping the current club's morale high, they can only hope not to encounter many more games that prove to be as ugly as Friday night's 9-3 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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Freeman homers, but Braves fall to Phillies

Freeman homers, but Braves fall to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- With all the moves that happened in Philadelphia on Friday, it might've been hard to remember that the team still had a game to play. But from the way the Phillies played, the trades didn't seem to affect them.

The Philadelphia offense erupted for nine runs and 11 hits in their 9-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The offense started early with the first five Phillies to come to the plate all reaching base and four of them scoring. From there the offense didn't relent. The win was the Phillies' 11th in 13 games since the All-Star break, continuing the hot streak that has accounted for more than a quarter of the team's wins this season.

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Marksberry excited to be in Major Leagues

Marksberry excited to be in Major Leagues

PHILADELPHIA -- Braves left-handed reliever Matt Marksberry certainly was not going to complain about the fact that a flight delay limited his first experience as a Major Leaguer to running out to the bullpen with two outs in the bottom half of the eighth inning of Thursday night's 4-1 loss to the Phillies.

"I had butterflies just running out there," Marksberry said. "I can't imagine what it will be like to make my debut."

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Vizcaino ready to be next Braves closer

Vizcaino ready to be next Braves closer

PHILADELPHIA -- Arodys Vizcaino spent this season's first three months serving a performance-enhancing drug suspension and has made just 32 career appearances at the Major League level. But the once highly-regarded pitching prospect now will get a chance to serve as Atlanta's closer.

With Jason Grilli sidelined by a season-ending Achilles injury and Jim Johnson traded to the Dodgers on Wednesday, Vizcaino will now draw the responsibility of protecting ninth-inning leads for the Braves, who have routinely altered the makeup of their bullpen throughout this season.

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Terence Moore

Maybin excels with Braves, his childhood dream team

Center fielder frequently visited Turner Field while growing up in North Carolina

Maybin excels with Braves, his childhood dream team

There was Cameron Maybin, sitting with a visitor the other day and discussing an age-old truth involving stability in Major League Baseball: Even beyond the non-waiver Trade Deadline of July 31, anything can happen to a player down the stretch of a regular season. He could be dressing inside one home clubhouse this afternoon and another by late evening.

So who knows where Maybin will be in November or even August? He has an attractive glove and bat as a center fielder on the rise at 28. Plus, when it comes to those in search of such players, his contract ($8 million next season and a club option for $9 million for 2017) is friendlier than most.

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GM Hart happy to bring in a talent like Olivera

GM Hart happy to bring in a talent like Olivera

PHILADELPHIA -- When Hector Olivera stood as one of the most attractive Cuban free agents this past winter, he drew the attention of some Braves fans who hoped he'd end up with their club. But that interest paled in comparison to the attention he received once it was learned that the Braves had actually acquired him on Thursday at the expense of losing both Alex Wood and Jose Peraza.

The Braves sent Wood, Peraza, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and Bronson Arroyo to the Dodgers in exchange for Olivera, left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez, Minor League pitcher Zach Bird and the 34th selection in next year's Draft, a competitive balance draft pick the Dodgers acquired in this three-team deal that included the Marlins.

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Braves get Olivera in huge 3-team deal

Johnson, top prospect Peraza go to Dodgers in trade

Braves get Olivera in huge 3-team deal

PHILADELPHIA -- Though the Braves did not have the financial means necessary to compete for the six-year, $62.5 million deal the Dodgers provided Cuban free agent infielder Hector Olivera this past winter, they remained interested in him and ultimately got him at the expense of losing both Jose Peraza and Alex Wood.

With the three-team trade they completed with the Dodgers and Marlins on Thursday, the Braves received Olivera, left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez, Minor League pitcher Zach Bird and the 2016 competitive balance Draft pick (No. 34 overall) the Dodgers received from the Marlins in exchange for Mat Latos and Michael Morse.

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Miller, Braves fall to Phillies

Miller, Braves fall to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Harang and Shelby Miller came into Thursday night's Braves-Phillies game a combined 0-14 since May 17. Harang broke his streak. Miller didn't.

Harang threw five innings in his first start since July 1 -- when he went on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis -- in the Phillies' 4-1 win at Citizens Bank Park. The winning decision for Harang ended a streak of eight straight starts in which he registered the losing decision and nine straight winless starts in total. He allowed just one run despite the nine hits he surrendered and struck out three.

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Braves sad to see teammates traded away

Braves sad to see teammates traded away

PHILADELPHIA -- The usually upbeat Braves clubhouse had a somber feel to it on Thursday afternoon as the players arrived at Citizens Bank Park and dealt with the fact that three more of their teammates had just been traded.

Though the Braves might have enriched their future on Thursday by acquiring infielder Hector Olivera in a trade that sent Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and top prospect Jose Peraza to the Dodgers, some members of the current team viewed this simply as a deal that forced them to bid adieu to friends and be reminded that the team is likely destined to struggle over the season's final two months.

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Foltynewicz shows progress in return to Braves

Starter allows 2 runs, strikes out 8 over 6 innings vs. Orioles

Foltynewicz shows progress in return to Braves

BALTIMORE -- The Braves optioned right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A Gwinnett on July 12 to work on his stuff and focus on becoming a power pitcher. His spot start for Atlanta on Wednesday was a strong step in the right direction.

After being called up on from Gwinnett on Wednesday to replace an injured Manny Banuelos, Foltynewicz tossed six innings, giving up six hits, two runs, two walks and a pair of solo home runs while striking out a career-high tying eight batters in Atlanta's 2-0 loss in Baltimore.

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Folty solid in return but Braves shut out in finale

Folty solid in return but Braves shut out in finale

BALTIMORE-- Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman continued his dominant second half, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore completed the sweep with a 2-0 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.

The O's, winners of their last five, recorded their first three-game series sweep since June 26-28 against Cleveland as they find themselves 51-49, just one game out for the second spot in the American League Wild Card.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Banuelos' MRI reveals bone spur on left elbow

Banuelos' MRI reveals bone spur on left elbow

BALTIMORE -- Braves left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos received some encouraging news on Wednesday, when he learned the inflammation around his left elbow is not a product of structural damage.

Banuelos returned to Atlanta to undergo an MRI exam which showed a bone spur on the posterior of his left elbow. The Braves have not set a timetable for his potential return. But at the same time, they have not ruled out the possibility that he would pitch again before the end of this season.

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Regaining timing, Freeman launches homer

Regaining timing, Freeman launches homer

BALTIMORE -- When Freddie Freeman successfully campaigned to conclude his brief rehab stint much earlier than expected, he subjected himself to the frustration he has felt while being reminded that it will take time for him to reacquaint himself and his swing to the speed of a Major League game.

But Freeman did gain a little confidence and comfort courtesy of the two-run homer he hit off Ubaldo Jimenez during the first inning of Tuesday night's 7-3 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards. The opposite-field homer was one of his two hits in 14 at-bats since ending a five-week stint on the disabled list with a sprained right wrist.

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Road woes continue to hamper Teheran

Road woes continue to hamper Teheran

BALTIMORE -- Though there is certainly reason for the Braves to explore options to trade Julio Teheran, they do not necessarily want to do it now, when they would be selling low on him. But as the young pitcher continues to struggle, there is also reason to question whether his original value will return.

As Teheran surrendered a pair of home runs to Chris Davis and completed just four innings during Tuesday night's 7-3 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards, he further distanced himself from the promise he had shown while earning an All-Star selection last year and gaining a second straight Opening Day start this year.

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Fast start goes for naught as Braves fall to O's

Fast start goes for naught as Braves fall to O's

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Orioles to their fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday night, a 7-3 series win over the Braves at Camden Yards.

"There's times where we've played really good baseball and times when we've really struggled. I think there's a sense of urgency in here to go now," Davis said of a Baltimore team (50-49) trying to put a run together to get back into the postseason picture. "We know where we are in the standings, and we know the best way for us to move up is to win ballgames, and that's everybody's focus right now."

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's walk off with Markakis' homecoming crown

O's walk off with Markakis' homecoming crown

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.

"That was a pitch, in that situation, I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes," said Avilan, who allowed the homer on a 1-0 fastball. "I didn't want to fall behind that hitter and have to throw a fastball. I think it was a good pitch. It was just a little bit up. Tough things happen. Sometimes you're going to be good and sometimes you're going to be bad."

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Wood running smoothly after change in mechanics

With a shift on the rubber, Braves lefty throws 7 1/3 scoreless vs. Orioles

Wood running smoothly after change in mechanics

BALTIMORE -- Alex Wood might not have a crystal ball that can tell him whether he is destined to end this season in the manner that he did last year, when he posted a 1.92 ERA over his final 11 starts. But the results the Braves southpaw garnered during Monday night's 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Orioles provide him some confidence that his recent mechanical adjustment has him headed in the right direction.

"I hope that what [Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell] and I have been talking about is going to help me move in the right direction," Wood said. "At the same time, you want to be competitive and you hope that will happen because that was a pretty good run I went on last year."

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After charmed time in Charm City, Markakis returns

Veteran receives ovation, bangs two hits in first game back in Baltimore

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 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. Though the experience was blemished when Baltimore claimed a 2-1, 11-inning victory, the veteran outfielder will never forget the loud, stirring ovation he received just before he began the game with an opposite-field double.

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Anthony Castrovince

Freeman, Miller among game's top 25-and-unders

Freeman, Miller among game's top 25-and-unders

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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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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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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