Folty looks to bounce back from rough outing

Folty looks to bounce back from rough outing

As the Rockies continue their quest for a National League Wild Card spot, they'll send ace Jon Gray to the mound on Wednesday against Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves.

Gray struggled in his first few starts after coming off the DL with a foot stress fracture at the end of June, but has pitched much better of late. Over his last four starts, Gray has a 3.28 ERA, compared to a 7.32 ERA in his first four outings since returning.

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Markakis homers, Braves top Rox on error

Markakis homers, Braves top Rox on error

DENVER -- The Rockies and Braves played a close game Tuesday night at Coors Field, and a rare sight was the difference -- a Nolan Arenado error.

Arenado, who won a Gold Glove in each of his first four seasons, fielded a routine grounder at third base with two outs in the top of the eighth, but first baseman Mark Reynolds couldn't pick the ball out of the dirt on the throw. The ball caromed away from Reynolds, as Brandon Phillips scored the winning run from second to lift the Braves to a 4-3 win over the Rockies.

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Staying positive, Swanson collects pair of hits

Braves shortstop contributes two-run double in win vs. Rockies

Staying positive, Swanson collects pair of hits

DENVER -- As Dansby Swanson continues to reacquaint himself with the Major Leagues and make the adjustments necessary to prove he can be successful at the highest level, he draws upon the mental strength he receives through his daily practice of writing positive thoughts and reading motivational books.

"Baseball will eat you alive if you let it," said Swanson after Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Rockies. "Being able to constantly tell yourself that you believe in yourself and what you're doing. It literally makes all the difference in the world."

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Braves to show style for Players Weekend

New event to take place during all games from Aug. 25-27

Braves to show style for Players Weekend

ATLANTA -- Tyler Flowers has promised to garner attention with the catching equipment he has specially ordered and the always-entertaining Brandon Phillips is sure to make an impression two weeks from now, when Major League players are given a chance to express their individuality by personalizing their uniforms.

• Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

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Improved slider proves to be key for Teheran

Braves starter returned to using off-speed pitch in Monday's outing

Improved slider proves to be key for Teheran

DENVER -- Unpredictable seems to be an appropriate term to describe Julio Teheran's inconsistent season. So, maybe it shouldn't be surprising to learn after shying away from his slider in his first two starts this month, the Braves right-hander relied heavily on this weapon as he produced one of his best starts of the season in Monday night's 3-0 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field.

Because the slider had become problematic, Teheran threw it just three times on Aug. 8 against the Phillies and seven times on Aug. 2 against the Dodgers. These totals were his fewest and fourth fewest, respectively, that he has tallied in any start since Statcast™ began tracking data at the beginning of the 2015 season.

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Thrilling inside-the-park bid becomes first out

Thrilling inside-the-park bid becomes first out

DENVER -- Approximately three hours later, as he digested Monday night's 3-0 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field, Braves third base coach Ron Washington was still wondering if the result would have been different had he not waved Ender Inciarte toward the plate with the hope of beginning the game in electrifying fashion.

"I thought it was an inside-the-park [home run]," Washington said. "I had no doubt about it."

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Teheran terrific but bats stall vs. Bettis, Rockies

Teheran terrific but bats stall vs. Bettis, Rockies

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis wasn't defeated by testicular cancer, and he wouldn't let the Braves beat him Monday night. He threw seven scoreless innings in his first Major League outing since being diagnosed in November, and the Rockies came through when Charlie Blackmon tripled and scored in the eighth inning for a 3-0 victory at Coors Field.

Bettis, who underwent surgery Nov. 29 but in March had to undergo chemotherapy treatments, gave up six hits, but struck out two and forced 12 ground-ball outs -- all while appreciating the moment, yet fighting to control his emotions. His most important outs may have been fly balls to center, by Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson with one out and a runner at third in the seventh.

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Camargo still receiving treatment for knee

Braves shortstop's hope to miss only 2 weeks unlikely

Camargo still receiving treatment for knee

ATLANTA -- Johan Camargo can continue to feel fortunate about the likelihood of returning to the Braves' lineup this season. But it appears the initial projection of being sidelined for two weeks with a right knee bone bruise was a bit optimistic.

"We don't know," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He'll be day to day depending on the bruise and how he heals."

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Maitan, Waters post big game for Danville

Maitan, Waters post big game for Danville

Alex Verdugo's hot streak continued as he hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in three runs in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-4 win over Round Rock on Monday night.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect (No. 28 overall) got off to a fast start as he doubled home a pair of runs in the second and then hit a solo blast in the fourth before finishing 2-for-3.

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On Aug. 14, 1996, the Braves called up Andruw

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On Aug. 14, 1996, the Braves called up Andruw

In 1996, the Braves got off to a terrific start in defense of their 1995 World Series title. At the end of play on Aug. 13, they had a 73-45 record and were seven games ahead in the NL East. That didn't mean that they were content to rest on their laurels, though.

So, on Aug. 14, GM John Schuerholz decided to make a move, sending outfielder Mark Whiten to the Mariners in a deal for Minor League pitcher Roger Blanco. Whiten was a solid player, a seven-year vet who posted a .798 OPS over 36 games with the Braves that season. Schuerholz was confident that he could replace him, though, mainly because of a 19-year-old who had already garnered a lot of buzz as he hit his way through Atlanta's farm system: Andruw Jones.

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Wilson makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Wilson makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Many scouts believed Nick Senzel was the best pure hitter available in the 2016 Draft, which is a major reason why the Reds selected him second overall and signed him for $6.2 million. He has lived up to that reputation, batting .317/.390/.519 with 89 extra-base hits in his first 177 pro games.

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'Boo' Phillips enjoyed return to St. Louis

'Boo' Phillips enjoyed return to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals fans haven't forgotten about their dislike of Brandon Phillips from his many years with the Reds. And in case they'd forgotten, the third baseman, now with the Braves, gave them more reasons to boo him this weekend.

"Oh yeah, it's nice for 'Boo Phillips' to come back to St. Louis, man," Phillips said on Sunday after the Braves' 6-3 win at Busch Stadium. "I mean, that's the name they really gave me. I love playing here. The fans here are great. They really look out for their team. It's a great baseball town, and I love coming here to play."

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Nate Latsch is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Braves on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dickey delivers an end to Braves' skid

Dickey delivers an end to Braves' skid

ST. LOUIS -- The Braves put an end to their five-game skid and the Cardinals' eight-game winning streak on Sunday, as R.A. Dickey silenced a St. Louis offense that had scored at least six runs in its last seven games to take a 6-3 victory at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals staged a comeback attempt in the eighth, loading the bases, but ultimately came up just short.

"They came out with a very clear approach against me today," Dickey said. "They were going to make me throw strikes. I was able to attack the strike zone early. The first two times through the lineup, they gave me strike one a lot with my fastball. ... I knew that once I got through that lineup once by stealing strikes, they were going to turn a little bit more aggressive, and they did. It was nice to have a plan and to execute it. That's when the game becomes fun."

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Kemp nearing return; Jackson K's career high

Braves targeting Friday for slugger's possible return

Kemp nearing return; Jackson K's career high

ST. LOUIS -- Outfielder Matt Kemp, on the disabled list for the second time this season due to a right hamstring strain, is getting closer to returning.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Saturday that Kemp could be activated Friday.

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Freeman delivers in ninth, but rally falls short

Freeman delivers in ninth, but rally falls short

ST. LOUIS -- Games back: none.

Led by a surging offense and a solid outing by Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals made it eight in a row on Saturday night with a 6-5 victory over the Braves at Busch Stadium. With the win and the Cubs' 6-2 loss to the D-backs, the Cardinals are in a virtual tie for first place in the NL Central with Chicago after being 5 1/2 games back less than two weeks ago.

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So close, but Braves can't shake skid

Atlanta suffers fifth straight loss, despite scoring 2 runs in the ninth

So close, but Braves can't shake skid

ST. LOUIS -- The beleaguered Braves haven't lost their fight. Freddie Freeman and Co. showed that Saturday night, pushing across two runs in the ninth inning against Cardinals hard-throwing closer Trevor Rosenthal. But the Braves couldn't complete the comeback, falling 6-5 for their fifth straight loss.

"These guys always do that," manager Brian Snitker said of the ninth-inning rally. "The one thing about this club, I don't care where we are, we've got a great ability to separate every day, and go out and do whatever we can to win that day. These guys never don't give you a hard 27 outs. They are never out of a game, and they never keep coming at you."

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Acuna goes yard for Gwinnett

Acuna goes yard for Gwinnett

Pitching deeper into the season than he ever has before, Beau Burrows continues to get better. Burrows, Detroit's No. 4 prospect (No. 95 overall), was untouchable on Saturday as he tossed six hitless innings with eight strikeouts and two walks to pace Double-A Erie in an 11-0 rout of New Hampshire.

"It was definitely a dominant performance," Erie pitching coach Willie Blair told MiLB.com. "It was probably the most consistent he's been with executing pitches. He located the fastball down in the zone early and on the edges. He then was able to elevate it late. It seemed like his fastball had an extra gear when he got to two strikes. He elevated it and it had a little extra life on it. It was probably the most consistent his breaking stuff has been since I've had him. He's shown times of having breaking balls -- the curveball and the slider. But tonight I think it was a little more consistent."

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No. 2 prospect Albies has 'makeup of a star'

In first stint in The Show, Braves 2B impresses Adams, Snitker

No. 2 prospect Albies has 'makeup of a star'

ST. LOUIS -- It hasn't taken long for Braves rookie second baseman Ozzie Albies to show why he's been considered one of the game's top young prospects.

On Friday night, playing in his first road game, Albers' three-run home run in the sixth inning helped spark a comeback attempt, though Atlanta ultimately fell short in an 8-5 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

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Comeback bid falls short after Folty struggles

Comeback bid falls short after Folty struggles

ST. LOUIS -- Different opponent, same outcome.

The Cardinals kept their winning ways alive on Friday night with an 8-5 victory over the Braves at Busch Stadium to extend their streak to a season-best seven games. They have recorded eight or more runs in six consecutive wins, the first team to do so since the 2006 Braves. Meanwhile, Atlanta has lost 14 of its past 18 games.

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Adams warmly received in return to St. Louis

Braves 1B/OF fondly recalls Cards tenure, happy in new home

Adams warmly received in return to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Adams was greeted by many familiar faces when he returned to Busch Stadium on Friday, with former Cardinals teammates, coaches, media members and stadium workers among those welcoming the Braves outfielder/first baseman.

Adams, a 23rd-round Draft pick by the Cardinals in 2009 as a catcher before moving to first base and the outfield, was traded to the Braves in late May in exchange for Minor Leaguer Juan Yepez after Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman landed on the disabled list with his wrist fracture.

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Wentz fans eight for Rome

Wentz fans eight for Rome

Duane Underwood Jr. had been making strides in recent starts for Double-A Tennessee, though it wasn't until Friday night that the right-hander managed to put it all together.

The Cubs' No. 17 prospect took a no-hitter into the sixth inning en route to completing seven scoreless frames of and pacing the Smokies in a 6-0 shutout of Biloxi. He gave up one hit, hit one batter and struck out six, throwing 66 of his 86 pitches for strikes in the performance.

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Inciarte's 'D' in league of its own

Braves center fielder making highlight-reel plays the norm

Inciarte's 'D' in league of its own

Nothing against the rest of the Braves, but Ender Inciarte is the people's choice around the clubhouse. Well, at least among the pitchers. You get the feeling that, one of these days, he'll arrive for a game to find his locker filled with flowers, boxes of candy and thank you cards.

Some of those gifts might come from Braves manager Brian Snitker and other members of the organization, all in appreciation of a first-time All-Star this season with a bat that is as nearly impressive as his glove.

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7 players Braves could summon on Sept. 1

7 players Braves could summon on Sept. 1

ATLANTA -- The Braves have fully embraced their youth movement, with top prospects like Sean Newcomb and Ozzie Albies getting their feet wet at the Major League level.

Several players have made their MLB debut with the Braves. More could be on the way when MLB rosters expand on Sept. 1. Atlanta is permitted to have up to 40 players on its roster for the final month of the season, and with many prospects ending their Minor League season in a couple weeks, there are plenty of potential callups.

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Swanson back up as Camargo goes on DL

Swanson back up as Camargo goes on DL

ATLANTA -- It seemed like the stars might have aligned perfectly for Dansby Swanson to cap his first day back at the Major League level in storybook fashion. One on, two outs in the ninth with his team trailing -- this was the kind of moment in which he excelled during his memorable career at Vanderbilt University, before being taken by the D-backs with the first overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.

But the stage is now much different for the much-hyped Braves rookie shortstop, who was humbled by a demotion to the Minors two weeks ago and then was prematurely brought back to the Majors after Johan Camargo was injured on Tuesday night.

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Braves can't get over the hump vs. Phillies

Braves can't get over the hump vs. Phillies

ATLANTA -- The Braves accounted for each of the three losses the mighty Dodgers experienced during a recent 24-game span. But they have also encountered nothing but frustration against the last-place Phillies, who extended their success against their National League East rivals with a 3-2 win on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.

Odubel Herrera once again was a thorn in the Braves' side, as he helped produce a 2-0 lead with his second triple of the night in the third inning.

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Allard fans 10 for Mississippi

Allard fans 10 for Mississippi

Free from the pitcher-friendly ballparks of the Florida State League, Nick Senzel's home-run power is starting to show in earnest.

Senzel, the Reds' No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall), turned in his first career multi-homer performance while he stuffed the box score on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored, a walk and a stolen base in Double-A Pensacola's 10-9 loss against Mobile.

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Freeman HRs, but Braves fall to Phillies

Freeman HRs, but Braves fall to Phillies

ATLANTA -- Odubel Herrera's 12th homer sparked a three-run fifth inning and provided more than enough insurance to help the Phillies cruise to a 5-2 victory over the Braves on Tuesday at SunTrust Park.

Herrera extended his hitting streak to 11 games as the Phillies won their fifth consecutive game against the Braves. Herrera went 3-for-4 and paced an offensive attack that scored five times in two innings against Braves starter Julio Teheran.

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Camargo sustains bruised knee bone

Rookie shortstop injured during regular pregame ritual

Camargo sustains bruised knee bone

ATLANTA -- It might take some time, but Johan Camargo will eventually be able to laugh about the embarrassing -- and initially scary -- tumble he took while completing his normal pregame ritual before the Braves were handed a 5-2 loss by the Phillies on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

As Camargo lay on the ground near the first-base line in obvious pain while Julio Teheran was preparing to throw his first warmup pitches of the night, it appeared he might have torn a knee ligament or suffered some other form of significant structural damage. But the rookie shortstop, and all of the Braves, were relieved when a MRI exam showed he had simply sustained a right knee bone bruise.

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Three 2017 Draft picks fire Danville no-no

Three 2017 Draft picks fire Danville no-no

A trio of 2017 Draft picks combined to throw a no-hitter as the Rookie-level Danville Braves topped the Bristol Pirates, 5-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Bruce Zimmerman, Jacob Belinda and John Curtis gave up one walk and struck out eight as they put together Danville's first no-hitter since 2009 and the sixth in club history.

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