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.
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?'"
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.
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.
The Atlanta Braves will see some variety for a change from the San Francisco Giants' pitching staff when the teams meet for a four-game series beginning Thursday at AT&T Park.
Last year, the Giants threw Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner, in that order, in both series against the Braves. That combination worked well for San Francisco, which won five of six games. This time, the Braves will get a look at starters Chris Heston and Tim Hudson, their former ace, in the first two games. Then Lincecum and Bumgarner will start against Atlanta for the 16th and sixth time in their careers, respectively.
Preview Stand offers models, interactive ballpark map and more for new stadium
By Carlos Collazo
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."
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.
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."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player
By Mark Newman
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Rookie attacks Brewers in 7 2/3 innings, fans 7 for 4th straight start
By Carlos Collazo
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.
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."
Rookie second baseman locks up win with first-pitch single in 11th
By Carlos Collazo
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."
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.
Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Jon Cooper is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Giant bug invades Braves broadcast booth
By Matt Monagan |
Bugs, man. They think they can just do whatever they want -- fly into your ear, take over towns, rain by the thousands from the sky. They also, as evidenced by Friday's Brewers-Braves game, think they can go to baseball games for free!
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.'"
ATLANTA -- Count Braves right fielder Nick Markakis among the Major League hitters who are comforted by the trend of pitchers using a hidden foreign substance to improve their grip of the baseball.
But when that substance is clearly visible -- like it was Thursday night when Brewers left-hander Will Smith was caught with a mixture of sunscreen and rosin on his right forearm -- umpires really have no option other than to abide by the rules.
ATLANTA -- Hector Gomez's two-out double sparked a seven-run fourth inning that allowed the Brewers to overcome Wily Peralta's early exit and cruise to an 11-0 win Friday night over the Braves at Turner Field.
"It was one of those innings where you keep the line moving," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. "They did it last night [the Braves had a seven-run seventh in a 10-1 win Thursday], we were able to do it tonight."