Braves 3B Johnson set to come off DL

Roster move will present decisions for Fredi following acquisition of Uribe

Braves 3B Johnson set to come off DL

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Johnson will be activated from the disabled list before Wednesday night's series finale against the Dodgers. Now Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will need to determine how to best utilize Johnson and his other right-handed third baseman -- the newly acquired Juan Uribe.

Uribe was acquired from the Dodgers in a multiplayer trade that expected to be approved by the Commissioner's Office on Wednesday. Johnson will be making his return one day earlier than expected, partly because the Braves did not want to promote a Minor Leaguer for just one game to fill one of the vacant roster spots created by the trade.

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A.J. and Co. need more support on All-Star ballot

A.J. and Co. need more support on All-Star ballot

At the first update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the National League, the Cardinals have four players in line to start the July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, and another four among the voting leaders.

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, a two-time All-Star, leads all NL players in balloting with 1,116,582 total votes.

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Season tickets for SunTrust Park on sale now

Preview Stand offers models, interactive ballpark map and more for new stadium

Season tickets for SunTrust Park on sale now

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."

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Braves land Uribe, power arm in Callaspo trade

Braves land Uribe, power arm in Callaspo trade

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 in exchange for four players who did not fit into their current or future plans.

The Braves received right-handed reliever Chris Withrow and veteran third baseman Juan Uribe in exchange for Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime, the clubs announced Wednesday afternoon.

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Teheran determined to get out of rut

Teheran determined to get out of rut

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.

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Braves respond to prospect Reyes' arrest

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."

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Wood returns for series finale with Dodgers

Wood returns for series finale with Dodgers

Zack Greinke will attempt to extend his run of dominance when the Braves and Dodgers complete their three-game series on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander has posted a 0.95 ERA and limited opponents to a .180 batting average in the four starts he has made this month. Atlanta will counter with Alex Wood.

Wood missed last Friday's scheduled start against the Brewers because of a stomach virus, but came out of the weekend feeling recovered. The left-hander struggled throughout April and the early part of May. But with the assistance of some mechanical adjustments, he has allowed just one earned run over his past 12 2/3 innings.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule features a staggered rollout of 15 games from lunchtime specials through late West Coast night action, and you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since that first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league here 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.

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Teheran gets knocked around by Dodgers

Teheran gets knocked around by Dodgers

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.

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Wood feels better, eager to face Dodgers

Wood feels better, eager to face Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Alex Wood spent the entirety of this past weekend battling a stomach virus that caused him to miss Friday night's scheduled start against the Brewers. But when the Braves southpaw started feeling better on Monday, he immediately began looking forward to Wednesday night's start against the Dodgers.

"Each day has been a little bit better," Wood said prior to Tuesday night's matchup at Dodger Stadium. "I threw a bullpen yesterday and played catch today. I think by tomorrow night I'll be ready to go."

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Masset stung by Dodgers' homer spree in 8th

Masset stung by Dodgers' homer spree in 8th

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.

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Masset's unexpected misstep raises 'pen concerns

Braves manager gambles on reliever, but it backfires

Masset's unexpected misstep raises 'pen concerns

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).

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Peterson robs Gonzalez with great catch

Braves second baseman fully extends for grab

Peterson robs Gonzalez with great catch

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.

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Vin Scully tells story about Gomes' run-in with wolf

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Vin Scully tells story about Gomes' run-in with wolf

In the fourth inning of Monday's Braves-Dodgers game, with Jonny Gomes at the plate, Vin Scully decided to tell a story. A story about the time 12-year-old Jonny Gomes was almost eaten by a wolf.

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Foltynewicz shines with 'dominating' outing

Rookie attacks Brewers in 7 2/3 innings, fans 7 for 4th straight start

Foltynewicz shines with 'dominating' outing

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.

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Folty stifles Brewers as Braves take series

Folty stifles Brewers as Braves take series

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."

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C. Johnson targets Thursday return from DL

Third baseman takes BP at Turner Field, set for Triple-A rehab stint

C. Johnson targets Thursday return from DL

ATLANTA -- Braves third baseman Chris Johnson took batting practice at Turner Field on Sunday morning for the first time since going on the disabled list with a fractured left hand.

Johnson said after his session in the cage that the hand felt good, and he wasn't experiencing any kind of lingering pain.

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Peterson revels in first career walk-off hit

Rookie second baseman locks up win with first-pitch single in 11th

Peterson revels in first career walk-off hit

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."

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Defensive gems put Braves in position to win

Simmons' heads-up relay, 2 double plays wipe out scoring threats

Defensive gems put Braves in position to win

ATLANTA -- Before the end of the tunnel on the way to the Braves' dugout, there's a sign showing Atlanta's Gold Glove Award winners and the line: "Defense wins championships."

The Braves' 3-2 walk-off win over the Brewers in 11 innings Saturday was no championship, but the sign's mantra paved the way for the team's 21st victory of the season, lifting them back to .500.

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Jace laces walk-off hit in 11th to sink Brewers

Jace laces walk-off hit in 11th to sink Brewers

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.

Alberto Callaspo started the final rally with a one-out walk from right-hander Brandon Kintzler, and Andrelton Simmons followed with an infield single. After a groundout moved them to second and third, Peterson stepped into the box and drilled the first pitch he saw into left-center field for his first career walk-off hit.

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Giant bug invades Braves broadcast booth

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Giant bug invades Braves broadcast booth

Bugs, man. They think they can just do whatever they want -- fly into your ear, take over townsrain 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!

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Walks costly for Stults in emergency outing

Veteran lefty battles command against Brewers in start for ill Wood

Walks costly for Stults in emergency outing

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.'"

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Braves miffed by 'blatant' use of substance

In aftermath of Smith's ejection, many OK with pitchers improving grip

Braves miffed by 'blatant' use of substance

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.

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Fill-in start unravels as Braves' bats go quiet

Fill-in start unravels as Braves' bats go quiet

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."

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Terence Moore

For Fredi, lineup key to Braves' success

Manager constantly changing strategy based on who's hot on roster

For Fredi, lineup key to Braves' success

During the opening 31 games for the Braves this season, guess how many different starting lineups they had?

Yep, 31.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Teheran putting tough April in rear-view mirror

Right-hander allows one run over seven innings with eight strikeouts vs. Brewers

Teheran putting tough April in rear-view mirror

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran might never prove to be the overpowering pitcher that he was touted to be when he made his way through the Minors as one of baseball's top overall prospects. But if Teheran can consistently prove as efficient as he was during Thursday night's 10-1 win over the Brewers, the Braves will be satisfied.

Teheran proved perfect in six of the season-high seven innings he completed and notched eight strikeouts with the assistance of an effective slider. The two hits and one run surrendered by the 24-year-old right-hander were tallied during a 16-pitch fourth inning that began with him issuing his only walk of the night.

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