Freeman has control of knuckleball vs. Dickey

First baseman's had continued success vs. veteran

Freeman has control of knuckleball vs. Dickey

TORONTO -- The one thing Freddie Freeman knows about R.A. Dickey's knuckleball is that you can never tell what it's going to do. So go ahead and swing away.

"The ball's never gonna do the same thing, so there's no point in seeing a pitch," said Freeman, who's stood in for more knuckleballs than any other Braves batter, having faced Dickey for several seasons when the 40-year-old suited up for the Mets.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Simmons' glove on full display in pair of game-changing plays

Simmons' glove on full display in pair of game-changing plays

TORONTO -- Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons put his Gold Glove defense on full display in Saturday's 6-5 loss in Toronto, executing a pair of attention-grabbing plays that demonstrated his athleticism and awareness.

In the sixth, Simmons made a heads-up play that prevented Devon Travis from gaining extra bases after he sent a chopper over the glove of third baseman Chris Johnson and into the outfield

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Braves flex muscles in Toronto, but fall in extras

Braves flex muscles in Toronto, but fall in extras

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson played the hero as the Blue Jays staged a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over the Braves at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon. With the game knotted at 5 in the 10th, Donaldson swatted a homer off Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon over the left-field wall for a walk-off win.

It looked like the Braves were on the road to victory until starter Alex Wood stumbled in the seventh. The lefty had cruised until that point, but allowed three runs before he was yanked from game during a big Blue Jays inning. Danny Valencia sparked the rally with a one-out double off the left-field wall before Russell Martin scored him with a single. An RBI triple from Steve Tolleson made it a two-run game before Dalton Pompey beat out an infield single to score Tolleson and shave the Braves' lead to a single run.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Dan Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Andrelton Simmons makes long-distance tumbling catch

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Andrelton Simmons makes long-distance tumbling catch

With a runner on third in the bottom of the seventh inning of Saturday's Blue Jays-Braves game, Dalton Pompey thwacked a single to Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. It was a close play at first -- it even went under review -- but Pompey just beat Simmons' throw. Steve Tolleson scored.

Simmons does not particularly enjoy giving up runs. He was not happy. 

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Miller eyes repeat success in 2nd start vs. Blue Jays

Miller eyes repeat success in 2nd start vs. Blue Jays

Shelby Miller looks to build off two straight solid starts when his Atlanta Braves wrap up a three-game set with Daniel Norris and the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Sunday.

The Braves will be counting on Miller (1-0) to pitch deeper into the game than his previous outings -- each lasted only five innings, but both resulted in Atlanta wins. The 24-year-old has allowed just one run in 10 innings this season.

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Dan Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast showcases Simmons' ability to anticipate

Braves shortstop's great plays against Mets' d'Arnaud provide an interesting study

Statcast showcases Simmons' ability to anticipate

It's no secret by now that Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has seemingly made a habit out of taking hits away from opposing batters -- specifically Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

Simmons made an outstanding play on April 10 to rob d'Arnaud of a base hit and, while it may have appeared at the time to be a near-mirror image of a play Simmons made against d'Arnaud last Aug. 27, Statcast shows everyone why this year's version was even better.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Gomes' pinch homer boosts Braves to wild win over Jays

Gomes' pinch homer boosts Braves to wild win over Jays

TORONTO -- Two eighth-inning home runs gave the Braves the boost they needed to claim an Interleague series-opening 8-7 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Friday night.

Jonny Gomes went deep with a pinch-hit solo shot to break a 5-5 tie before Freddie Freeman sent a two-run shot over the wall to knock reliever Brett Cecil from the game and give the Braves necessary padding.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Unable to locate fastball, Teheran allows four HRs

Fredi not worried as Braves righty had been sharp in first two outings

Unable to locate fastball, Teheran allows four HRs

TORONTO -- Braves right-hander Julio Teheran allowed a career-high four home runs -- one in each of the first three innings -- in his no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday night.

In an 8-7 victory, Teheran couldn't keep the ball in the park from the get-go, allowing a leadoff homer to Devon Travis on his third pitch of the game.

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Like his pal Stairs, Gomes delivers in clutch spot

Braves outfielder comes off bench late in tie game, swats big homer

Like his pal Stairs, Gomes delivers in clutch spot

TORONTO -- Jonny Gomes channeled his inner Matt Stairs when he stepped to the plate, letting loose his 10th career pinch-hit home run in the top of the eighth inning of the Braves' 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

"That's great company, love that guy," Gomes, the active pinch-hit home run leader, said of Stairs, the retired Canadian slugger who holds the all-time record of 23. "If the book could be written on how to DH and how to pinch-hit, it would be out there. But it's not, which means the formula is not yet written."

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Braves riding top of rotation, but need better production

Teheran, Miller, Wood, along with solid 'pen, have helped Atlanta to six wins

Braves riding top of rotation, but need better production

ATLANTA -- As the Braves have progressed through the early portion of this season, they have shown why optimism surrounded the front end of their starting rotation and why there is reason to remain skeptical about their offensive potential.

Along the way, the Braves have received some unexpected contributions from an inexperienced middle-relief corps that has significantly influenced the club's encouraging 6-3 record.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sutton to be inducted into Braves Hall of Fame in July

The 300-game winner has been an integral part of broadcast team for two decades

Sutton to be inducted into Braves Hall of Fame in July

ATLANTA -- After concluding a successful pitching career that earned him the honor of being immortalized in Cooperstown, Don Sutton began a broadcasting career that has provided him the pleasure to also be considered one of the greatest figures in Braves history.

Sutton will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame before a July 20 game that will fittingly be played against the Dodgers -- the organization he was most associated with during his playing days. The 300-game winner and accomplished broadcaster will be honored during an induction luncheon that will take place that same afternoon at Turner Field.

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Coppolella: Braves have no interest in trading Peraza

Coppolella: Braves have no interest in trading Peraza

ATLANTA -- The Braves did not flinch upon learning a Yankees scout was recently sent to watch Jose Peraza, Atlanta's top prospect, play for Triple-A Gwinnett. They viewed this development as something they will need to get used to now that they have a handful of highly regarded prospects within their previously weak Minor League system.

"We have no interest whatsoever in trading Jose Peraza," Braves assistant general manager John Coppolella said. "Teams scout top prospects all the time, as we do other team's top prospects. It was just a case where one of their scouts was sent to watch one of our guys."

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Braves hold panel, show video tribute for JRD

Maybin homers on Jackie's Day, honored to 'acknowledge a hero'

Braves hold panel, show video tribute for JRD

ATLANTA -- The legacy of Jackie Robinson is timeless and should never be forgotten.

Major League Baseball agrees and has taken steps over the years to assure that, having retired his number 42 in 1997 (that fully went into effect once Yankees closer Mariano Rivera retired at the end of 2013) and holding a day of commemoration at every ballpark on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day.

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Two homers not enough on Jackie Robinson Day

Two homers not enough on Jackie Robinson Day

ATLANTA -- Adeiny Hechavarria had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Dee Gordon hit a two-run double as the Marlins topped the Braves, 6-2, Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field on Jackie Robinson Day. Michael Morse added a solo shot, his first of the season, for the Marlins, who outscored the Braves, 14-4, over the last two games to win the series and gain a measure of revenge for Atlanta's season-opening sweep in Miami.

Eric Stults (0-1) took the loss for Atlanta, allowing four earned runs on five hits in five innings. Stults allowed a pair of runs in the third on Gordon's double, then allowed two more in the fifth on a homer by Hechavarria, who is hitting .500 career against him (6-for-12).

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maybin on his way to becoming household name

Key piece in Kimbrel trade hits second homer on Jackie Robinson Day

Maybin on his way to becoming household name

Want to know pressure? Try being traded for a superstar.

Want to know real pressure? Try being traded for a superstar twice.

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Braves can't climb back after short Cahill debut

Braves can't climb back after short Cahill debut

ATLANTA -- Giancarlo Stanton drove in four runs and accounted for some of the damage Trevor Cahill incurred during a three-run first inning that propelled the Marlins to a 8-2 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

Cahill, who was acquired from the D-backs on March 31, extended last year's woes as he allowed four runs and exited after issuing Marcell Ozuna a bases-loaded walk with one out in the third. Dee Gordon fueled the Marlins' offense with a pair of singles and a sixth-inning sacrifice fly that accounted for the last of the two runs Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon surrendered while completing four innings in his Major League debut.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cahill looks rusty in first start since spring

Cahill looks rusty in first start since spring

ATLANTA -- The Braves are not going to simply give up on Trevor Cahill after just one start. But as the next few weeks elapse, they can only hope that Cahill starts to show some signs that he is indeed capable of regaining his status as a reliable Major League pitcher.

As Cahill surrendered four earned runs and completed just 2 1/3 innings while making his season debut during Tuesday night's 8-2 loss to the Marlins, he looked much like he did last year, when he struggled to command his sinker and ultimately spent nearly a month in the D-backs' Minor League system attempting to refine his mechanics.

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Sugar Ray debuts with bullpen-saving effort

Four-inning outing following Cahill's short start keeps Braves from taxing 'pen too much

Sugar Ray debuts with bullpen-saving effort

ATLANTA -- Sugar Ray Marimon provided the Braves exactly what they needed Tuesday night, as he completed four solid innings while making his Major League debut during a 8-2 loss to the Marlins at Turner Field.

After starting pitcher Trevor Cahill exited with just one out in the third inning, the Braves were in jeopardy of taxing their bullpen for Wednesday afternoon's series finale. But as Marimon navigated his way through the four frames and picked up his first career hit along the way, he provided a contribution that could pay dividends over the remainder of the week.

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Martin motivated by lack of roster spot this offseason

Left unprotected from Rule 5 Draft, former starting pitcher carving niche in Braves' bullpen

Martin motivated by lack of roster spot this offseason

ATLANTA -- As Cody Martin has flourished during the first week of his Major League career, he has not forgotten that the Braves did not add him to their 40-man roster this past offseason and consequently could have lost him during December's Rule 5 Draft.

"That was tough, but I knew I belonged [on the roster] and belonged in the big leagues," Martin said. "I'm not going to sit there, cry about it and say, 'Why not me?' If I'd have done that, who knows where I'd be? I'd probably be [with Triple-A] Gwinnett right now, being used as a starter. I took it as a challenge to prove them all wrong, especially all the teams that didn't pick me in the Rule 5 Draft. It all worked out pretty good. I'm where I need to be right now."

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Swingin' in the rain: Braves rally past Fish after delays

Swingin' in the rain: Braves rally past Fish after delays

ATLANTA -- Aggressive baserunning and a couple of timely hits proved to be enough for the Braves to add to Mat Latos' early-season woes and claim a 3-2 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Turner Field.

After Eric Young Jr. chased Latos with a double off the center-field wall with none out in the fifth, Alberto Callaspo greeted right-handed reliever Sam Dyson with a go-ahead single. Nick Markakis followed with another RBI single off Dyson to provide some cushion for Atlanta's bullpen, which stifled Miami after Shelby Miller completed five solid innings.

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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves infielders' emergence creates good problem

Braves infielders' emergence creates good problem

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez might not have anticipated having to make many tough lineup decisions this season from an offensive perspective. But with Chris Johnson, Alberto Callaspo and Jace Peterson all proving productive through the season's first week, Gonzalez finds himself with a pleasant dilemma.

"It's nice to have flexibility," Gonzalez said. "It keeps everybody engaged and you feel like you have the advantage off the bench. It's a good mixture right now."

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Second five-inning outing just fine for Miller

Second five-inning outing just fine for Miller

ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller has not yet shown what he can do beyond the fifth inning. But the Braves right-hander might have had an opportunity to do so had he not had to sit through a 39-minute rain delay during the fourth inning of Monday night's 3-2 win over the Marlins.

"Obviously you don't want to have to deal with that kind of stuff, but at the same time, you have to learn from those situations," said Miller, who limited the Marlins to one run and three hits over five innings.

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After another wild outing, Jaime designated

In corresponding move, Braves purchase contract of reliever Marimon

After another wild outing, Jaime designated

ATLANTA -- After proving patient enough to place Juan Jaime on their Opening Day roster, the Braves did not wait long to react to the eighth-inning woes the erratic reliever experienced during Sunday afternoon's loss to the Mets.

Before Monday's series opener against the Marlins, the Braves announced they had designated Jaime for assignment and filled his bullpen spot by purchasing right-handed reliever Sugar Ray Marimon's contract from the Triple-A Gwinnett roster.

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Yelich run-saving grab ends inning; Braves keep running

Yelich run-saving grab ends inning; Braves keep running

ATLANTA -- Christian Yelich may have lost his hat on the play, but the Marlins left fielder definitely didn't lose possession of his highlight catch.

The standout defensive play saved a couple of runs, and created some confusion in the second inning in Miami's 3-2 loss to Atlanta on Monday at Turner Field.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Meet Braves pitcher Sugar Ray Marimon

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Meet Braves pitcher Sugar Ray Marimon

Sugar Ray Marimon is a 26-year-old pitcher in the Braves organization. On Monday, he was called up to the big club. The right-hander posted five strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA in seven innings during Spring Training.

He also happens to share a name with one of the premiere rock bands of the 1990s.

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