Miller, Braves upended by Giants' late surge

Miller, Braves upended by Giants' late surge

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chris Heston recovered from a two-game slump by pitching 7 1/3 smooth innings and Brandon Belt homered to ignite a late scoring binge for the Giants, who continued their month-long surge with a 7-0 win over the Braves on Thursday night at AT&T Park.

Heston (5-3) allowed 11 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings spanning his previous pair of starts, but he permitted just four hits while allowing one Braves runner to move into scoring position. The rookie right-hander thus helped the Giants win their fifth consecutive home game, secure their 12th victory in 14 games overall and improve to 20-7 in May.

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Braves pay price after pinch-hitting for Miller

Braves pay price after pinch-hitting for Miller

SAN FRANCISCO -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez knew there would be some second-guessing his decision to pinch-hit for Shelby Miller with his team trailing by just one run in the eighth inning of Thursday night's 7-0 loss to the Giants.

"There are so many different ways you could go through that inning," Gonzalez said. "It's kind of fun [to have that challenge]. Obviously, we didn't make the right decision."

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Miller ends his stellar May on a sour note

Miller ends his stellar May on a sour note

SAN FRANCISCO -- If Braves right-hander Shelby Miller extends his recent success over the next few seasons, he will have reason to recognize this past month as the stretch when he truly began establishing himself as one of baseball's top pitchers.

But Miller will not have fond memories of how this dominant month concluded following a 7-0 loss to the Giants on Thursday night at AT&T Park.

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Foltynewicz aims for continued success vs. Giants

Foltynewicz aims for continued success vs. Giants

Though Tim Hudson is just a little more than a year removed from his nine-season stint with Atlanta, he will be facing an unfamiliar lineup when the Braves and Giants resume their four-game series on Friday night at AT&T Park.

The Braves' lineup for Thursday night's 7-0 loss in the opener included just two players -- Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons -- who played with Hudson in Atlanta. The other seven lineup members were not even a part of the organization last year.

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Wood puts early-season struggles in rearview

Wood puts early-season struggles in rearview

LOS ANGELES -- As Alex Wood prepared for Wednesday night's start at Dodger Stadium, he admittedly worried about the fact that he had lost a lot of strength while battling a stomach virus this past weekend. But as the young southpaw completed seven strong innings and helped the Braves claim a 3-2 win over the Dodgers, he gained the belief that he has indeed distanced himself from his early-season woes.

"I'll be honest. I was nervous after not throwing for 10 days and being as sick as I was," Wood said. "It was kind of one of those things where before the game you tell yourself, 'I wonder what is going to happen tonight?'"

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Braves wait out Greinke, edge Dodgers

Braves wait out Greinke, edge Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Nick Markakis' ground-rule double capped a two-run eighth inning against an erratic Adam Liberatore as the Braves capitalized on an Alex Wood gem for a 3-2 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Andrelton Simmons scored the go-ahead run when Liberatore's 3-1 pitch to Freddie Freeman went to the backstop. Markakis followed the wild pitch with an RBI double, which provided the insurance run the Braves needed to overcome the one-out homer Alex Guerrero hit off Braves closer Jason Grilli in the ninth inning.

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Braves baby hides inside dad's shirt, is the cutest

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Braves baby hides inside dad's shirt, is the cutest

For centuries, cuteness experts have rated babies quite highly on their scales. Baby humans, baby animals, heck, even baby aliens have been known to impress even the coldest of hearts with their adorableness. And at Thursday's Braves-Giants game, a toddler snuggled up inside his dad's Braves jersey and awwww.

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Braves land Uribe, power arm in Callaspo trade

Braves land Uribe, power arm in Callaspo trade

LOS ANGELES -- Once Alberto Callaspo reversed his decision by agreeing to be traded to the Dodgers, the Braves took advantage of an opportunity to acquire a high-upside reliever and a highly respected veteran infielder in exchange for four players who did not fit into their current or future plans.

The Braves received right-hander Chris Withrow and third baseman Juan Uribe in exchange for Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime, the clubs announced on Wednesday afternoon.

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Braves suddenly deep at third base

Braves suddenly deep at third base

LOS ANGELES -- Juan Uribe and Chris Johnson were both in a good mood when they entered the Braves' clubhouse before Wednesday night's series finale at Dodger Stadium. Though he was experiencing the oddity of playing for the team he had competed against during the first two games of this series, Uribe was simply happy to be with a team that could give him more playing time than he had been getting with the Dodgers.

Johnson was simply thrilled to be reunited with the Braves teammates he had not seen much of since being placed on the disabled list on May 2 with multiple bone bruises in his left hand. But when he was activated on Wednesday, he had to face the fact that he will now be sharing the third base position with another right-handed hitting third baseman -- Uribe, who was acquired via the multi-player trade the Braves and Dodgers agreed upon Tuesday night.

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AJ and Co. need more All-Star support

AJ and Co. need more All-Star support

LOS ANGELES -- When the first update of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was released on Wednesday afternoon, veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski stood as the only Braves player who ranked among the top five at his respective position.

Surprisingly, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and shortstop Andrelton Simmons have not yet received the same level of support that they had the previous couple of seasons.

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Season tickets for SunTrust Park on sale now

Preview Stand offers models, interactive ballpark map and more for new stadium

Season tickets for SunTrust Park on sale now

ATLANTA -- The Braves announced Wednesday that they have started selling season tickets to SunTrust Park at a newly opened Preview Center that stands directly across the street from the new stadium, which is set to open in 2017.

"This is a significant milestone," said Braves executive vice president of sales and marketing Derek Schiller. "We're excited now to finally bring our fans into this project and reveal a lot of the things that we have known about the project that we're going to do, and tell them all the great things that are going to be part of the SunTrust Park gameday experience."

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Teheran determined to get out of rut

Teheran determined to get out of rut

LOS ANGELES -- Julio Teheran might never prove to be the legitimate ace he was fashioning himself to become the past two seasons. But right now, the Braves right-hander is simply concerned with proving he is not the pitcher that he has been throughout most of this season's first two months.

After creating some optimism with a few productive starts this month, Teheran was humbled in a cruel manner during Tuesday night's 8-0 loss at Dodger Stadium. He allowed a career-high eight runs and surrendered 10 hits while recording just one strikeout in 4 1/3 innings.

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Braves respond to prospect Reyes' arrest

The Braves issued a statement in response to the recent arrest of Triple-A Gwinnett's Elmer Reyes, who was charged with kidnap and rape in Columbus, Ohio, this past weekend.

 "We were very concerned to learn of the arrest of Elmer Reyes in Franklin County on Saturday (May 23) morning," the statement read. "We will withhold further comment until we learn additional details and have all of the facts."

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Teheran gets knocked around by Dodgers

Teheran gets knocked around by Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers used a six-run fourth inning and a 10-strikeout gem from Clayton Kershaw to cruise to an 8-0 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw didn't allow a baserunner until the fifth inning in what was his most impressive start of the season. The lefty scattered four hits over seven innings and added an RBI single in the fourth, the Dodgers' highest-scoring inning this season.

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Masset stung by Dodgers' homer spree in 8th

Masset stung by Dodgers' homer spree in 8th

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers launched three home runs off reliever Nick Masset in the eighth inning to beat the Braves, 6-3, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Trailing, 2-1, at the seventh-inning stretch, Los Angeles tied the game on an Adrian Gonzalez groundout in the seventh and Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers the lead the following inning with a solo shot to right-center field. Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins followed suit with homers.

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Masset's unexpected misstep raises 'pen concerns

Braves manager gambles on reliever, but it backfires

Masset's unexpected misstep raises 'pen concerns

LOS ANGELES -- If Cameron Maybin extends his recent success and Matt Wisler proves why he is such a highly regarded prospect, the Braves will likely spend the next few years continuing to feel thankful that the Padres were willing to pay the remainder of Melvin Upton Jr.s contract ($46.3 million) in exchange for Craig Kimbrel.

But as this season's first two months have unfolded, the Braves have had to deal with the remains of a bullpen that was thinned by the April 5 Kimbrel trade, Shae Simmons' season-ending elbow injury and the performance-enhancing suspensions levied on two of their bullpen prospects (Arodys Vizcaino and Andrew McKirahan).

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Peterson robs Gonzalez with great catch

Braves second baseman fully extends for grab

Peterson robs Gonzalez with great catch

LOS ANGELES -- Jace Peterson proved that Andrelton Simmons is not the only Braves middle infielder who is capable of producing jaw-dropping defensive gems.

Peterson certainly caught the attention of all who were watching when he robbed Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of a single in the third inning of Monday night's game at Dodger Stadium, which the Braves lost, 6-3. The Braves second baseman sprinted into shallow right field and fully extended while catching the ball just before his body slammed into the outfield grass.

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Vin Scully tells story about Gomes' run-in with wolf

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Vin Scully tells story about Gomes' run-in with wolf

In the fourth inning of Monday's Braves-Dodgers game, with Jonny Gomes at the plate, Vin Scully decided to tell a story. A story about the time 12-year-old Jonny Gomes was almost eaten by a wolf.

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Foltynewicz shines with 'dominating' outing

Rookie attacks Brewers in 7 2/3 innings, fans 7 for 4th straight start

Foltynewicz shines with 'dominating' outing

ATLANTA -- Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz left his last outing against the Rays searching for consistency, and in the Braves' 2-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, he took a big step toward finding it.

The rookie right-hander threw his longest game of the season, going 7 2/3 innings while striking out seven batters for the fourth straight game, and limiting a lineup (without slugger Ryan Braun) to one run and three hits.

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Folty stifles Brewers as Braves take series

Folty stifles Brewers as Braves take series

ATLANTA -- Braves rookie Mike Foltynewicz pitched his best game of the season in the Braves' 2-1 win over Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, giving Atlanta its third victory in the finale of a four-game series at Turner Field.

"It's all about the pitching," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "You get a good pitching performance, and you're in the game and you can do some stuff offensively to score runs."

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C. Johnson targets Thursday return from DL

Third baseman takes BP at Turner Field, set for Triple-A rehab stint

C. Johnson targets Thursday return from DL

ATLANTA -- Braves third baseman Chris Johnson took batting practice at Turner Field on Sunday morning for the first time since going on the disabled list with a fractured left hand.

Johnson said after his session in the cage that the hand felt good, and he wasn't experiencing any kind of lingering pain.

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Peterson revels in first career walk-off hit

Rookie second baseman locks up win with first-pitch single in 11th

Peterson revels in first career walk-off hit

ATLANTA -- Exactly one week after hitting his first career grand slam, Braves second baseman Jace Peterson tallied his first walk-off hit, sending Atlanta to a 3-2 victory over the Brewers in the 11th inning with a single to left-center field.

"I was trying to be aggressive," Peterson said. "Trying to get a fastball, and he threw it first pitch, so I was just trying to get a base hit and trying to get the run in."

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Defensive gems put Braves in position to win

Simmons' heads-up relay, 2 double plays wipe out scoring threats

Defensive gems put Braves in position to win

ATLANTA -- Before the end of the tunnel on the way to the Braves' dugout, there's a sign showing Atlanta's Gold Glove Award winners and the line: "Defense wins championships."

The Braves' 3-2 walk-off win over the Brewers in 11 innings Saturday was no championship, but the sign's mantra paved the way for the team's 21st victory of the season, lifting them back to .500.

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Jace laces walk-off hit in 11th to sink Brewers

Jace laces walk-off hit in 11th to sink Brewers

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller bounced back from a rocky first inning and the Braves' bullpen held off the Brewers long enough for Jace Peterson to give Atlanta a walk-off single for a 3-2, 11-inning win Saturday.

Alberto Callaspo started the final rally with a one-out walk from right-hander Brandon Kintzler, and Andrelton Simmons followed with an infield single. After a groundout moved them to second and third, Peterson stepped into the box and drilled the first pitch he saw into left-center field for his first career walk-off hit.

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Walks costly for Stults in emergency outing

Veteran lefty battles command against Brewers in start for ill Wood

Walks costly for Stults in emergency outing

ATLANTA -- The Braves might not have known exactly how ill Alex Wood was feeling, but they couldn't have been feeling much better after watching Eric Stults unravel with two outs in a seven-run fourth inning of the Brewers' 11-0 win Friday night at Turner Field.

"We weren't thinking, 'Go out and give us seven or eight innings or a two-hit shutout,'" Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was an emergency spot start. After the third inning, you go 'OK, he's going to be able to give us five innings.'"

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