Teheran starts Memorial Day in Anaheim

Teheran starts Memorial Day in Anaheim

Though he now pitches in the American League, Angels starter Ricky Nolasco is quite familiar with the Braves, even if he last faced them a few years ago. The right-hander gets the start for the Halos on Monday when they open a three-game series with the Braves as part of an upcoming seven-game homestand.

The Interleague matchup marks just the fifth all-time meeting between the franchises and third series at Angel Stadium. The two teams last squared off in 2014, with the Braves taking two of three at home. The all-time series is knotted up at 6.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Angels on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves can't capitalize on chances vs. Giants

Braves can't capitalize on chances vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- On a day when Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was knocked around for seven runs, Atlanta's offense didn't provide much of a silver lining during Sunday's 7-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Nick Markakis and Matt Kemp, batting in the three and four spots respectively, combined for five of Atlanta's seven hits but it wasn't nearly enough as the Braves repeatedly came up empty in key situations while losing their second straight to San Francisco.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV is offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Early outburst sinks Dickey in loss to Giants

Early outburst sinks Dickey in loss to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants jumped on Atlanta knuckleballer R.A. Dickey immediately, scoring in each of the first three innings and cruising to a 7-1 victory Sunday at AT&T Park.

Brandon Crawford paced San Francisco's offense by driving in three runs, scoring one with a first-inning groundout and sending home a pair with a second-inning single as San Francisco surged to a 7-0 lead. Dickey also issued a season-high five walks; three of those runners scored.

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Newcomb fans nine for Gwinnett

Newcomb fans nine for Gwinnett

Dominic Smith and Brandon Nimmo led Triple-A Las Vegas to a 7-5 win over El Paso as the duo of Mets' prospects combined to go 8-for-10 with four RBIs on Sunday.

Smith, the No. 56 overall prospect (Mets' No. 2), has been in a nice rhythm offensively and continued that trend with a 4-for-5 performance, his third straight multihit game.

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Command betrays Foltynewicz vs. Giants

Command betrays Foltynewicz vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mike Foltynewicz's string of strong starts came to a crashing end when the Atlanta right-hander left a hanging 2-0 slider over the plate and Nick Hundley crushed it for a home run in the second inning of the Braves' 6-3 loss to the Giants on Saturday night.

A changeup on the outside of the plate to Brandon Belt two innings later had the same result and effectively ended Foltynewicz's chance of extending his season-high three-game winning streak.

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Braves' late rally not enough to pick up Folty

Braves' late rally not enough to pick up Folty

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ty Blach doesn't blow away hitters with his stuff or observers with his statistics. All he does is remain steady, a trait that the San Francisco Giants appreciated Saturday night in their 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Blach took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning before he finally faltered. He ultimately yielded two runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings, marking the fifth time in seven starts that he has worked at least seven innings while surrendering three or fewer earned runs. He also struck out a season-high five.

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Suzuki settles in to challenge of catching Dickey

Suzuki settles in to challenge of catching Dickey

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Atlanta Braves close out their three-game series with the Giants at AT&T Park on Sunday, Kurt Suzuki will be back behind the plate where he always is whenever knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is on the mound.

In his first year with Atlanta, Suzuki has emerged as Dickey's personal catcher. He has caught all nine games the right-hander has started this season, no easy task considering the intricacies -- and physical beating -- it takes to field the knuckleball.

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Wilson spins six scoreless for Rome

Wilson spins six scoreless for Rome

A trio of the Phillies' top prospects led the way as Triple-A Lehigh Valley topped Louisville, 13-1, on Saturday.

No. 4 overall prospect J.P Crawford (Phillies' No. 1) and Nick Williams (Phillies' No. 4) combined for five hits, two homers and six RBIs at the plate, while No. 24 prospect Ben Lively gave up one unearned run over eight innings on the mound.

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Braves get all they need from Garcia

Braves get all they need from Garcia

SAN FRANCISCO -- Atlanta southpaw Jaime Garcia outdueled Giants right-hander Matt Cain in Friday's 2-0 win by the Braves, a crisp matchup that featured a couple of veteran starters.

Garcia tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five, to pick up his first victory since April 29. He also broke up a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a single to left field that led to two runs.

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With Kemp's help, Garcia gets key hit in win

With Kemp's help, Garcia gets key hit in win

SAN FRANCISCO -- As good as Jaime Garcia was on the mound in his finest start of the season, the Atlanta left-hander was even more clutch at the plate.

A career .145 hitter, Garcia delivered the Braves' biggest hit of the night Friday with his two-out RBI single off Matt Cain in the seventh inning of Atlanta's 2-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.

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Watch Phillips try to pull off the hidden ball trick

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Watch Phillips try to pull off the hidden ball trick

The hidden ball trick is the play that every unathletic child dreams about. After all, you need to be strong and coordinated to hit a home run, make a diving catch or throw a blistering fastball. But the hidden ball trick? You just have to be silent and crafty. 

Brandon Phillips is athletic and talented (you don't play in the Majors for 16 years on tricks alone), but the veteran second baseman still took some time to try annd pull off the subterfuge in Friday's 2-0 victory over the Giants. And this time, viewers at home even got a step-by-step instruction. 

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Braves giving Adonis more time in rehab

Braves giving Adonis more time in rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- Atlanta Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia went hitless in two at-bats in the first game of his rehab assignment Friday but manager Brian Snitker said the veteran infielder won't rejoin the big league ballclub until the end of its road trip in Cincinnati next week.

Garcia, who has been out since May 16 with tendinitis in his left Achilles, struck out swinging in the first inning then flied out to right in the fourth while playing with Triple-A Gwinnett.

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Big series has Ruiz primed for extended stay

Big series has Ruiz primed for extended stay

ATLANTA -- Rio Ruiz was distraught last week when the Braves opted not to promote him from Triple-A Gwinnett after Adonis Garcia was placed on the disabled list. But when Freddie Freeman fractured his left wrist the next day, Ruiz was given an opportunity that has positioned him to remain Atlanta's primary third baseman even after Garcia is activated.

Ruiz is far from a finished product, as there remains some concern about his strikeout rate, struggles against left-handed pitching and some defensive limitations. But as the 23-year-old third baseman recorded a career-best three hits during Thursday afternoon's 9-4 loss to the Pirates, he gave the Braves further reason to believe he has at least earned the right to extend his development at the big league level.

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Colon struggles as Braves drop finale to Bucs

Colon struggles as Braves drop finale to Bucs

ATLANTA -- After languishing through Gerrit Cole's worst start of the season and the long rain delay that added to the frustration of Tuesday night's loss, the Pirates righted themselves with a ninth-inning comeback on Wednesday and then capped their four-day stay in Atlanta with Thursday's 9-4 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

Ivan Nova's bid for his third complete game of the season unraveled as he allowed two of the four runs charged to him in the ninth. After twisting his left knee during his last outing and skipping his between-starts bullpen session, the Pirates weren't sure Nova would make this start. But Nova completed at least eight innings for the third time in 10 starts this season, needing only 67 pitches to get through seven before laboring for his final four outs.

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Collmenter DFA'd; Braves recall Wisler

Collmenter DFA'd; Braves recall Wisler

ATLANTA -- After Josh Collmenter joined their starting rotation in September and provided three strong starts, the Braves gave the veteran right-hander a one-year, $1.2 million deal with the expectation he could spend this season as a dependable long reliever.

Collmenter lived up to this expectation in April, but after his recent struggles were extended during the seven-run 10th inning the Pirates constructed during Wednesday night's 12-5 win, the Braves designated the veteran right-hander for assignment on Thursday. Matt Wisler was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the void in Atlanta's bullpen.

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Anderson fans 11 in gem for Rome

Anderson fans 11 in gem for Rome

The Atlanta Braves' decision to assign Ian Anderson to Class A Rome this season had as much to do with his makeup as it did his pure stuff, as they believed he possessed the aptitude needed to overcome struggles and make adjustments against advanced competition.

The Braves' No. 6 prospect did exactly that on Thursday night against Augusta, as he rebounded from what had been a shaky month of May to set a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his best professional start.

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Braves set up fan with Freeman ball, party

ATLANTA -- A young boy who had a baseball taken away from him by a security guard at SunTrust Park on Wednesday has received a Freddie Freeman autographed baseball and an invitation to celebrate his birthday at a Braves' home game in June.

The Braves extended these offers in response to what occurred after Rio Ruiz doubled down the right-field line during the eighth inning of Wednesday's 12-5, 10-inning loss to the Pirates. An unidentified man reached onto the field to snare the live baseball and quickly handed it to his girlfriend's son.

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Teheran strong, but Braves lose lead, fall in 10

Teheran strong, but Braves lose lead, fall in 10

ATLANTA -- A little less than 24 hours after blowing a ninth-inning lead, the Pirates staged a ninth-inning rally against a thin Braves bullpen, then added seven more runs in the 10th inning to cruise to a 12-5 win on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.

After Gift Ngoepe's go-ahead RBI double and Josh Harrison's two-run single, David Freese, Jose Osuna and Jordy Mercer hit back-to-back-to-back homers off right-hander Josh Collmenter.

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Thin bullpen hurts Braves in 10-inning contest

Thin bullpen hurts Braves in 10-inning contest

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Brian Snitker would have certainly liked to use Arodys Vizcaino or Jim Johnson to protect his team's two-run lead in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 12-5 loss to the Pirates at SunTrust Park.

But as Snitker looks ahead, with the hope Vizcaino and Johnson continue to be key cogs in a bullpen that fueled the Braves' recent success, he certainly had reason to protect these recently taxed relievers and give Jose Ramirez a chance to prove himself in the closer's role.

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Braves bond over Mario Kart during rain delay

Braves bond over Mario Kart during rain delay

ATLANTA -- As they waited through a three-hour, 12-minute rain delay during Tuesday night's win over the Pirates, several Braves players passed the time by competing in an intense Mario Kart Racing tournament within SunTrust Park's spacious home clubhouse.

The participants who played on the Nintendo Wii Switch included Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Sean Rodriguez, Jim Johnson and Jace Peterson. They each played six races, and the winner was decided by who had the most points at the end.

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Soroka fans career-high 10 for Mississippi

Soroka fans career-high 10 for Mississippi

After his second straight scoreless start for the Dayton Dragons, also the longest of his career, Tony Santillan may not have much more to prove at the Class A level.

The Reds' No. 14 prospect flat-out dominated over eight innings on Wednesday against Great Lakes, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five in a game that was suspended due to rain after 13 scoreless frames. In his previous turn, Santillan had completed a then-season-high seven innings after losing a perfect game bid with one out in the seventh.

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Braves' Adams hits walk-off to end marathon

Braves' Adams hits walk-off to end marathon

ATLANTA -- This might not have been as wacky as the 19-inning game these same two teams played in 2011. But a long rain delay combined with an exchange of ninth-inning rallies certainly made things interesting as the Braves completed a 6-5 win over the Pirates during the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Nick Markakis gave the Braves life when he delivered a game-tying, two-out double off Tony Watson, and Matt Adams further endeared himself to his new teammates when he laced an opposite-field, walk-off single against the Pirates' closer at 1:52 a.m. ET.

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Braves show resiliency in Freeman's absence

Recently acquired Adams helps club with boost at first

Braves show resiliency in Freeman's absence

ATLANTA -- Instead of allowing themselves to languish in the reality that they will spend the next two months without Freddie Freeman, the Braves have benefited from the addition of Matt Adams and shown a sense of resiliency that manifested itself yet again during the wee hours of Wednesday morning, when a pair of two-out, ninth-inning hits equated to a 6-5 walk-off win over the Pirates.

"The guys have actually gone the opposite way [since Freeman was lost]," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "They've kind of stepped up. You can feel sorry for yourself, but nobody else will. We've just been playing. It's been cool to watch."

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Dynamic Ruiz could stay up after Garcia returns

Braves considering third-base platoon or using Garcia in bench role

Dynamic Ruiz could stay up after Garcia returns

ATLANTA -- As Adonis Garcia prepares to return from the disabled list and Rio Ruiz continues to make a case he should remain at the Major League level, the Braves may soon have to decide how they will use these two third basemen.

Garcia, who has spent the past week on the disabled list with left Achilles tendinitis, is expected to be ready for activation when he becomes eligible Friday. Once he returns, there's a chance he'll have to platoon with Ruiz, a talented, left-handed-hitting prospect who would get a majority of the starts at third base under this arrangement.

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Adams already fitting in with new club

Slugging first baseman hits homer in Braves' opener vs. Pirates

Adams already fitting in with new club

ATLANTA -- Given a chance to digest the significant change he experienced this past weekend and unwind after having Stephen Strasburg serve as his first challenge in Atlanta, a refreshed Matt Adams returned to SunTrust Park on Monday and gave the Braves further reason to believe they were quite fortunate to find him as a temporary replacement for Freddie Freeman.

Playing just his second game since seeing his long tenure with the Cardinals end with Saturday's unexpected trade, Adams further endeared himself to his new teammates and hometown fans when he drilled his first home run for the Braves during the fifth inning of Monday's 5-2 win over the Pirates.

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Albies collects four hits for Gwinnett

Albies collects four hits for Gwinnett

After Double-A Erie was forced to use six pitchers during Monday's 14-13 loss against Harrisburg, the SeaWolves desperately needed a big performance out of starter Myles Jaye on Tuesday.

The Tigers' No. 15 prospect delivered, tossing six scoreless innings and setting a career high with 11 strikeouts before Erie walked it off in the ninth against the Senators to win, 2-1.

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Inciarte's 5 hits, pair of HRs back Folty in win

Inciarte's 5 hits, pair of HRs back Folty in win

ATLANTA -- Mike Foltynewicz bested Gerrit Cole through the first five innings and Ender Inciarte recorded a career-best five hits as the Braves received another stellar effort from their bullpen during Monday night's 5-2 win over the Pirates at SunTrust Park.

Brandon Phillips belted his 200th career home run during a two-run third inning, and Matt Adams hit his first home run with the Braves to cap a three-run fifth inning against Cole, who allowed five earned runs for the first time since Opening Day and surrendered a season-high 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings. The Pirates' ace entered having allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his past seven starts.

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Inciarte has #ASGWorthy night vs. Pirates

Braves' leadoff hitter records first career five-hit game

Inciarte has #ASGWorthy night vs. Pirates

ATLANTA -- Ender Inciarte didn't get off to the start he wanted to, but he has begun to turn things around. In the Braves' 5-2 win over the Pirates on Monday, Inciarte recorded the first five-hit game of his career.

"I've been working hard, because I have been inconsistent and sometimes I'm too hard on myself, trying to do too much," Inciarte said. "Today I tried to simplify everything and see the ball and hit the ball the other way. I was letting the ball travel, and I had a good result. Hopefully I can stay consistent from now on."

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Teheran working to solve SunTrust woes

Teheran working to solve SunTrust woes

ATLANTA -- Instead of completing his normal side session in the bullpen Sunday morning, Julio Teheran took advantage of a chance to find comfort with the SunTrust Park mound, upon which he has routinely encountered frustration this year.

"I think every stadium is different and every mound is different," Teheran said. "I've just got to get used to it. It feels a little different because I've never pitched here before. But it's normal. I don't think it's anything that we need to [worry] about."

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