Colon returns to site of memorable homer

Colon returns to site of memorable homer

On Wednesday, Bartolo Colon returns to the ballpark where he made the impossible happen.

In his first start for Atlanta since sustaining a strained left oblique, Colon will pitch at Petco Park, where on May 7, 2016, he hit baseball's most unlikely home run, off of Padres starter James Shields, while a member of the Mets. The right-hander was the oldest player to hit his first homer in Major League history.

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Newcomb impresses as Braves beat Padres

Newcomb impresses as Braves beat Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Sean Newcomb pitched six-plus scoreless frames and struck out a career-high eight Padres Tuesday night, sending the Braves to a series-opening 3-0 victory at Petco Park, their ninth straight against San Diego.

In four outings since his early June callup, Newcomb has four quality starts, and he lowered his ERA to 1.48. The rookie southpaw allowed six hits, while allowing only one walk.

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Newcomb continues to dazzle Snitker

Braves rookie fans eight in first win, fourth consecutive quality start

Newcomb continues to dazzle Snitker

SAN DIEGO -- When Sean Newcomb made his Major League debut earlier this month, Braves manager Brian Snitker playfully said the impressive prospect might have spent this season's first two months "in the wrong league."

Three starts later, Newcomb has done nothing to weaken the belief he belongs at the big league level and has the capability to be a legitimate front-line starter in Atlanta for many years to come. The 24-year-old southpaw found himself with a sparkling 1.48 ERA and his first career win after he recorded eight strikeouts and completed six-plus scoreless innings in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Padres at Petco Park.

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Colon will get opportunity to prove himself

Struggling Braves starter will be activated to face Padres

Colon will get opportunity to prove himself

SAN DIEGO -- Bartolo Colon might not have a lasting spot with the Braves' rotation. But the 44-year-old hurler will get at least one more opportunity to show he's still capable of being a reliable starting pitcher.

Colon will be activated from the disabled list to start Wednesday's game against the Padres at Petco Park. The Braves will use six starters during this turn through the rotation. But Braves manager Brian Snitker indicated the six-man rotation will simply serve as a temporary fix to accommodate Colon's return.

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Braves prospect Weigel undergoes TJ surgery

Braves prospect Weigel undergoes TJ surgery

SAN DIEGO -- Braves pitching prospect Patrick Weigel's rapid rise toward the Major League level was halted Tuesday, when he underwent Tommy John surgery.

Dr. James Andrews performed the surgical procedure on Weigel, who has been on Triple-A Gwinnett's disabled list since experiencing right elbow discomfort during his June 18 start against Columbus. The 22-year-old hurler tweeted that he opted to have the surgery "after much deliberation."

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Kemp needs late push in NL OF vote

Kemp needs late push in NL OF vote

ATLANTA -- Matt Kemp has a chance to be one of the National League's starting outfielders at this year's All-Star Game. But to realize this honor, the Braves outfielder will need a flurry of support during the final days of this year's balloting process.

When the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update was released Monday, Kemp ranked seventh among NL outfielders. He has fallen a couple spots over the past two weeks, but remains within striking distance of the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna, who passed the Cubs' Jason Heyward and is now positioned to gain the last starting outfield spot for the Senior Circuit.

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Ex-Brave Lockhart thankful for support for son

Ex-Brave Lockhart thankful for support for son

ATLANTA -- Former Major Leaguer Keith Lockhart has expressed appreciation for the outpouring of prayers and support that have been directed toward his teenage son, who is attempting to recover from a life-threatening, freak accident that occurred during a June 17 game played in South Carolina.

Multiple reports have indicated Jason Lockhart, 15, was crossing home plate when he was struck in the face with the ball the opposing catcher was throwing back to the pitcher. He immediately received stitches and was diagnosed with a fractured nose. When the teenager's nose began excessively bleeding two days later, he was transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite Hospital. He underwent surgery, but doctors later found the fracture had cut an artery.

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Bats blanked, Teheran knocked around

Bats blanked, Teheran knocked around

ATLANTA -- Travis Shaw drilled a titanic first-inning home run and Zach Davies was efficient as the Brewers beat the Braves, 7-0, on Sunday at SunTrust Park.

Davies scattered four hits over seven innings with one walk and no strikeouts against the Braves, who had averaged 6.25 runs while winning seven of their past eight games. He also recorded his first career extra-base hit -- a fourth-inning leadoff double -- that chased Julio Teheran.

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Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Brewers on Sunday.

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Teheran's struggles at SunTrust Park persist

Teheran's struggles at SunTrust Park persist

ATLANTA -- As the Braves prepared to enter the next phase of their rebuild this season, they were encouraged enough by Julio Teheran's 2016 rebound to believe he could anchor their new-look rotation as they moved into a new home.

With nearly three months of this season complete, Teheran hasn't found consistent comfort at SunTrust Park, and the Braves are left to wonder if they missed the best opportunity to trade their inconsistent right-hander, who struggled yet again during Sunday's 7-0 loss to the Brewers.

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Albies plates four for Gwinnett

Albies plates four for Gwinnett

After hitting .097 in 14 games with the Brewers, Lewis Brinson was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and immediately got back on track.

The No. 13 overall prospect was a perfect 4-for-4 and nearly hit for the cycle as Colorado Springs topped Omaha 14-3 on Monday night.

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Phillips picks out #ASGWorthy birthday gift

Phillips picks out #ASGWorthy birthday gift

ATLANTA -- Family is important to Brandon Phillips, and as he was rounding third base, sporting his "Paw Patrol" and "PJ Masks"-inspired cleats, he knew that his third-inning home run was for his son.

Phillips' son, Micah, turned 4 years old on Saturday, and he was happy to hit a homer on his son's birthday. The shot propelled the Braves to a 3-1 victory over the Brewers at SunTrust Park.

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Kemp (hamstring), Braves being cautious

Kemp (hamstring), Braves being cautious

ATLANTA -- Matt Kemp's lingering hamstring issues have caused the Braves to take a cautious approach with him moving forward to prevent further injury.

Kemp wasn't in Saturday's lineup against the Brewers, marking the second straight game he missed since leaving Thursday's with left hamstring tightness. Kemp said the injury is not serious and that he felt good during his treatments. He will be available off the bench to pinch-hit as needed.

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Riley perfect at the plate for Fire Frogs

Riley perfect at the plate for Fire Frogs

Austin Riley's perfect day at the plate helped lead Class A Advanced Florida to a 4-3 win over Fort Myers on Saturday.

The Braves' No. 12 prospect put together his first two-homer game of the season -- and second of his career -- as he finished 3-for-3 with two homers and tied his season high with a trio of RBIs.

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Braves win 4th straight behind Dickey, Phillips

Braves win 4th straight behind Dickey, Phillips

ATLANTA -- After escaping first-inning trouble, Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey found his groove and shut down 18 of the final 21 batters he faced in the Braves' 3-1 victory over the Brewers on Saturday afternoon at SunTrust Park.

The Braves won their fourth straight, as Dickey was masterful on the mound. He scattered five hits and issued one walk, while striking out six batters in seven innings. According to Statcast™, Dickey threw 92 knuckleballs and registered 16 called strikes.

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Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Brewers on Saturday.

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Albies looks to stay hot for Gwinnett

Albies looks to stay hot for Gwinnett

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Ozzie Albies (Braves' No. 1), Gwinnett vs. Norfolk (1:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Swanson, Camargo save game with gloves

Swanson, Camargo save game with gloves

ATLANTA -- As Braves manager Brian Snitker digested Friday night's 5-4 win over the Brewers at SunTrust Park, he marveled at the athleticism and instincts his two rookie infielders -- Dansby Swanson and Johan Camargo -- displayed while making game-saving defensive plays in the final two innings.

"That play Dansby made, I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like that," Snitker said. "To have the guts to make that play is the biggest thing to me."

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Freeman eyes return before All-Star break

Freeman eyes return before All-Star break

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman's accelerated return from a fractured left wrist had another positive development Friday when he was cleared to begin taking dry swings. If everything continues to go accordingly, Freeman will return to Atlanta's lineup before the All-Star break as a third baseman.

"Everybody has been saying I wouldn't be back for 8-10 weeks," Freeman said. "Obviously, I had a different mindset going into it. We're just a little over five weeks right now, so I'm pretty ecstatic about how the recovery has gone."

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Braves ride Phillips, defense to narrow win

Braves ride Phillips, defense to narrow win

ATLANTA -- Given a chance to extend their recent success against a division leader, the Braves got five solid innings from Mike Foltynewicz to claim a 5-4 win Friday night over the National League Central-leading Brewers at SunTrust Park.

The Braves, who have won six of their past seven and eight of 11, won on the strength of two extra-base hits from Brandon Phillips (including a homer), Dansby Swanson's decisive two-out RBI single in the seventh and a couple of game-saving gems in the final two innings.

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Aimee Sachs is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta who covered the Brewers on Friday.

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Inciarte, Phillips unveil T-shirt designs

Inciarte, Phillips unveil T-shirt designs

ATLANTA -- Ender Inciarte and Brandon Phillips have helped design T-shirts that symbolize some of the greatest moments and memories from their respective lives. The two Braves players unveiled these shirts before Friday night's game against the Brewers at SunTrust Park.

"It's a very special shirt," Inciarte said. "I tried to make it simple and not put too much stuff. I want the fans to get to enjoy it. I love it."

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Braves wrap Community Heroes Week

Braves wrap Community Heroes Week

ATLANTA -- The Braves and Fox Sports South wrapped their Community Heroes Week activities by recognizing Anna Patton, who runs the Buddy Baseball Program at Buckhead Baseball.

Dansby Swanson, Matt Adams, Sean Newcomb, Arodys Vizcaino and manager Brian Snitker were among the Braves representatives who arrived at Frankie Allen Park Friday morning to surprise Patton with this honor.

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Braves (4 HRs) edge Giants in wild slugfest

Braves (4 HRs) edge Giants in wild slugfest

ATLANTA -- Courtesy of a few bloops and a couple blasts recorded at SunTrust Park on Thursday night, the Braves constructed an eight-run fifth inning that enabled them to overcome Jaime Garcia's rough start and narrowly claim a 12-11 series-clinching win over the Giants.

"You talk about a roller coaster of emotions," Braves manager Brian Snitker said about the series finale, which started 86 minutes late due to a rain delay. "That's baseball. It's crazy. It just happens. You don't know why. Teams aren't going to lay down. We came roaring back and they came roaring back."

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L. Adams on first MLB HR: 'A great feeling'

Drafted by Royals in '09, Braves outfielder's perseverance pays off

L. Adams on first MLB HR: 'A great feeling'

ATLANTA -- Before coming to SunTrust Park for Thursday night's game, Braves outfielder Lane Adams went to lunch to surprise his two young nieces, who had accompanied his mother on the drive from Oklahoma to Atlanta.

A few hours later, Adams created another surprise that exceeded the dreams he has had since first breaking into the professional baseball ranks as a 13th-round pick of the Royals in 2009. The 27-year-old journeyman caused some jaws to drop when he drilled his first Major League home run into the second deck in left field during an eight-run fifth inning that propelled the Braves to a 12-11 win over the Giants.

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Ruiz optioned, will start at 3B for Gwinnett

Braves recall versatile Peterson to fill roster spot

Ruiz optioned, will start at 3B for Gwinnett

ATLANTA -- Now that Johan Camargo has established himself as the Braves' primary third baseman, Rio Ruiz will return to Triple-A Gwinnett to extend his development as an everyday player.

Before Thursday night's game against the Giants, the Braves announced Ruiz had been optioned to Gwinnett and Jace Peterson had been recalled. Peterson's return enhances the defensive versatility on Atlanta's bench.

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Braves honor Community Hero who aids vets

Hill runs Healing4Heroes, which provides service dogs to injured military

Braves honor Community Hero who aids vets

ATLANTA -- Piper Hill arrived at SunTrust Park on Thursday morning with the expectation she was simply going to be interviewed about Healing4Heroes, the non-profit organization she started to provide service dogs to military members who need assistance while recovering from physical or mental ailments.

Hill received a welcome surprise when upon her arrival she was greeted by Braves CEO and chairman Terry McGuirk, pitcher Mike Foltynewicz and other members of the organization, who were present to recognize her as a Community Hero.

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Matt's all folks! Kemp walks off over Giants

Matt's all folks! Kemp walks off over Giants

ATLANTA -- Hunter Pence's game-tying home run in the ninth inning gave the Giants a chance to benefit from Jeff Samardzija's effective start. But Matt Kemp was the last to take advantage of SunTrust Park's cozy confines, as his two-run homer off Cory Gearrin gave the Braves a 5-3, 11-inning win over the Giants Wednesday night.

Nick Markakis drew a one-out walk before Kemp drilled a 1-0 slider that snuck over the top of the right-field wall. This was the Braves' third walk-off win within their past five games.

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Newcomber: Rookie sensation breaking out

Lefty allows just one run on three hits in six innings vs. Giants

Newcomber: Rookie sensation breaking out

ATLANTA -- Sean Newcomb has legitimized his place in Atlanta's rotation, as he has been both efficient and effective during each of his first three big league starts. But the Braves heralded prospect's bid for his first Major League win evaporated after he was limited to six innings during Wednesday night's 5-3, 11-inning win over the Giants at SunTrust Park.

Newcomb retired the final 13 batters he faced and allowed just one run while throwing 80 pitches. But even though he was impressed by the rookie southpaw's effort, Braves manager Brian Snitker did not feel comfortable sending him back out for the seventh inning to face three straight right-handed hitters -- Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Austin Slater.

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Freeman serious about returning at third base

Braves figuring out how to construct lineup, keep Adams slugging

Freeman serious about returning at third base

ATLANTA -- As the Braves were evaluating what to do with Matt Adams when their All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman returns from the disabled list, Freeman lobbied for an unexpected option on Wednesday afternoon, when he told Braves officials he was serious about making the transition to third base.

"I said I'm completely on board with it, I want to do it," Freeman said. "We've got to keep Matt's bat in the lineup and I'll do anything to win."

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