Braves sink Scherzer with walk-off in ninth

Braves sink Scherzer with walk-off in ninth

ATLANTA -- Cameron Maybin's one-out double off Max Scherzer in the bottom of the ninth inning provided the Braves with a 2-1 walk-off win over the Nationals on Thursday night 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.

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Banuelos cramps up, exits scoreless debut

Banuelos cramps up, exits scoreless debut

ATLANTA -- Everything thing appeared to be going better than Manny Banuelos could have ever expected, as he was outdueling Max Scherzer at Turner Field on Thursday. But in the process of fashioning a very impressive Major League debut, Banuelos was forced to exit in the sixth inning because of cramping and dehydration.

Banuelos had retired 13 consecutive batters before unleashing pitches that hit Denard Span and Danny Espinosa with two outs in the sixth inning. After being briefly examined by assistant athletic trainer Jim Lovell, the rookie left-hander exited to a rousing ovation.

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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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Braves make 2 trades for bonus pool money

Braves make 2 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 traded right-handed reliever Cody Martin to the A's on Thursday in exchange for the 53rd international bonus pool slot, which was set at $388,400 this year. A few hours later, they 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.

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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.

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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.

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Braves quench thirst for runs in 4-run 4th

Pierzynski, Uribe hit back-to-back homers; Wisler contributes first MLB hit, RBI

Braves quench thirst for runs in 4-run 4th

ATLANTA -- After spending most of the past two weeks struggling to score runs without Freddie Freeman in their lineup, the Braves recorded back-to-back home runs and celebrated Matt Wisler's first career hit during the four-run fourth inning that propelled them to Wednesday night's 4-1 win over the Nationals.

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Wisler, homers help Braves solve Nationals

Wisler, homers help Braves solve Nationals

ATLANTA -- Matt Wisler validated his status as a highly regarded pitching prospect and recorded his first career hit and RBI during a four-run fourth inning that propelled the Braves to Wednesday night's 4-1 win over the Nationals at Turner Field.

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Smoltz first (and last?) to enter Hall post-TJ surgery

Smoltz first (and last?) to enter Hall post-TJ surgery

PHOENIX -- When John Smoltz is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, he will be the first pitcher to go in having undergone elbow ligament replacement surgery -- today almost universally known as Tommy John surgery -- at some point during his career.

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After long wait, Brigham dazzles in debut

Right-hander delivers three scoreless frames, strikes out four

After long wait, Brigham dazzles in debut

ATLANTA -- Few can understand all that Jake Brigham has experienced while spending the past nine years toiling in the Minor Leagues. But those who were aware of his long journey had no choice but to be thrilled with what he accomplished as he completed three scoreless innings while making his Major League debut for the Braves during Tuesday night's 6-1 loss to the Nationals.

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Four-run first inning spoils Miller's outing

Right-hander fans 10, but two-out hits loom large in loss

Four-run first inning spoils Miller's outing

ATLANTA -- As Braves right-hander Shelby Miller has positioned himself to at least be considered as the National League's starting pitcher at this year's All-Star Game, he has relied heavily on a two-seam fastball that expanded his repertoire late last season and allowed him to begin using his curveball less frequently.

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Braves unable to pick up shaky Miller

Braves unable to pick up shaky Miller

ATLANTA -- It did not take the Nationals long to extend their dominance of the Braves and halt the struggles they have had against Shelby Miller. A four-run first inning provided Jordan Zimmermann more than enough support as he led Washington to a 6-1 win on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

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Braves have one eye on present, two on future

Flurry of roster moves indicates desire to compete

Braves have one eye on present, two on future

ATLANTA -- Though the Braves have spent this season's first three months living up to John Hart's description of not being "the prettiest girl at the dance," the countless acquisitions and roster moves the club's front office has made indicates that it is not willing to simply settle for routine disappointment this year, despite admittedly placing a greater focus on the future.

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Simmons needs more All-Star love

Simmons needs more All-Star love

ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons has positioned himself to win a third consecutive Gold Glove and prove that he does have the ability to provide some offensive consistency. But the Braves shortstop has not received much love from those who have cast votes on the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot. Like the rest of his Braves teammates, Simmons was not listed among the top five at his position when the latest All-Star ballot update was released on Monday afternoon.

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Wood splinters Bucs' bats, plays stopper

Lefty fans eight to help Braves snap five-game skid

Wood splinters Bucs' bats, plays stopper

PITTSBURGH -- While Julio Teheran has created concern with the inconsistency he has displayed over the past few months, Alex Wood has spent the past six weeks proving he could make adjustments necessary to distance himself from his early-season struggles.

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Good Wood: Braves quiet Bucs in finale

Good Wood: Braves quiet Bucs in finale

PITTSBURGH -- Left-hander Alex Wood quieted the Pirates into the eighth inning on Sunday as the Braves downed Pittsburgh, 2-1, to snap a five-game losing streak.

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Perez OK after collision with Maybin in 9th

Perez OK after collision with Maybin in 9th

PITTSBURGH -- Braves outfielders Eury Perez and Cameron Maybin broke for the ball, and while neither came up with the catch, they're lucky no bones were broken.

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Braves call up RP Kelly for first taste of bigs

Marimon optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett

Braves call up RP Kelly for first taste of bigs

PITTSBURGH -- Right-handed reliever Ryan Kelly was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett and joined the Braves' bullpen for Sunday afternoon's game. Subsequently, fellow reliever Sugar Ray Marimon, who has a 7.71 ERA in six appearances with Atlanta this year, will be optioned to Gwinnett.

This will be Kelly's first action in the big leagues after nine seasons in the Minors. After nearly a decade of working and waiting for "the call", he was excited to finally get it.

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Peterson breaks slump by clearing bases

Peterson breaks slump by clearing bases

PITTSBURGH -- When runners are on, the task at hand is to score them. It's simple and straightforward, but difficult to do. Braves second baseman Jace Peterson happens to thrive in those situations, and, even though he was mired in an extended slump recently, the 25-year-old delivered when Atlanta needed a jolt of offensive life in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.

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Rough 1st inning too much for Braves

Rough 1st inning too much for Braves

PITTSBURGH -- Pedro Alvarez has only been along the ride for most of the first half of the season, but he may be ready to give the Pirates a lift. Alvarez's two-run double triggered a five-run first on Saturday and the Bucs went on to an 8-4 win over Atlanta at rain-soaked PNC Park.

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Teheran's roller-coaster season continues

Righty gives up five runs in first, then settles in to pitch six innings vs. Pirates

Teheran's roller-coaster season continues

PITTSBURGH -- Before determining whether Julio Teheran still fits in their long-term plans, the Braves will be challenged to figure out if he's the guy who surrendered five first-inning runs during Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Pirates, or the one who allowed just one more run over the remainder of his six-inning effort.

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Braves place Perez on DL with bruised foot

Young righty dealing with swelling after being hit in left foot by comebacker

Braves place Perez on DL with bruised foot

PITTSBURGH -- The Braves did not wait long to place Williams Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left foot. Now, they simply need to decide who will assume his spot in the starting rotation for at least the next couple of weeks.

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Braves call up Brigham to join bullpen

Longtime Minor Leaguer finally reaches bigs

Braves call up Brigham to join bullpen

WASHINGTON -- Less than a week after earning a promotion to Triple-A Gwinnett, right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham received the call he had been waiting for since beginning his professional career in 2006. After toiling at the Minor League level over the course of 10 different seasons, the 27-year-old finally finds himself in the Majors as the latest member of Atlanta's bullpen.

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Braves fall short in extra innings vs. Pirates

Braves fall short in extra innings vs. Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Jordy Mercer's one-out RBI double in the 10th inning gave the Pirates a 3-2 walk-off win over the Braves on Friday night at PNC Park.

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Grilli gives up winning run in return to Pittsburgh

Grilli gives up winning run in return to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- Jason Grilli remembers many things about his time in Pittsburgh fondly: the fans, teammates, and champagne sprayed when he and the Pirates won the National League Wild Card game in 2013.

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Cunniff placed on DL with right groin injury

Cunniff placed on DL with right groin injury

PITTSBURGH -- After spending the past couple weeks being cautious with how frequently they used Brandon Cunniff, the Braves opted to place the right-handed reliever on the disabled list on Friday with a strained right groin.

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Prospect Albies headed to Futures Game

Prospect Albies headed to Futures Game

WASHINGTON -- Ozhaino Albies will have an opportunity to show the baseball world why the Braves have become so enamored with his tremendous potential.

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