Ruiz optioned, will start at 3B for Gwinnett

Braves recall versatile Peterson to fill roster spot

Ruiz optioned, will start at 3B for Gwinnett

ATLANTA -- Now that Johan Camargo has established himself as the Braves' primary third baseman, Rio Ruiz will return to Triple-A Gwinnett to extend his development as an everyday player.

Before Thursday night's game against the Giants, the Braves announced Ruiz had been optioned to Gwinnett and Jace Peterson had been recalled. Peterson's return enhances the defensive versatility on Atlanta's bench.

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Braves honor Community Hero who aids vets

Hill runs Healing4Heroes, which provides service dogs to injured military

Braves honor Community Hero who aids vets

ATLANTA -- Piper Hill arrived at SunTrust Park on Thursday morning with the expectation she was simply going to be interviewed about Healing4Heroes, the non-profit organization she started to provide service dogs to military members who need assistance while recovering from physical or mental ailments.

Hill received a welcome surprise when upon her arrival she was greeted by Braves CEO and chairman Terry McGuirk, pitcher Mike Foltynewicz and other members of the organization, who were present to recognize her as a Community Hero.

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Matt's all folks! Kemp walks off over Giants

Matt's all folks! Kemp walks off over Giants

ATLANTA -- Hunter Pence's game-tying home run in the ninth inning gave the Giants a chance to benefit from Jeff Samardzija's effective start. But Matt Kemp was the last to take advantage of SunTrust Park's cozy confines, as his two-run homer off Cory Gearrin gave the Braves a 5-3, 11-inning win over the Giants Wednesday night.

Nick Markakis drew a one-out walk before Kemp drilled a 1-0 slider that snuck over the top of the right-field wall. This was the Braves' third walk-off win within their past five games.

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta.

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Newcomber: Rookie sensation breaking out

Lefty allows just one run on three hits in six innings vs. Giants

Newcomber: Rookie sensation breaking out

ATLANTA -- Sean Newcomb has legitimized his place in Atlanta's rotation, as he has been both efficient and effective during each of his first three big league starts. But the Braves heralded prospect's bid for his first Major League win evaporated after he was limited to six innings during Wednesday night's 5-3, 11-inning win over the Giants at SunTrust Park.

Newcomb retired the final 13 batters he faced and allowed just one run while throwing 80 pitches. But even though he was impressed by the rookie southpaw's effort, Braves manager Brian Snitker did not feel comfortable sending him back out for the seventh inning to face three straight right-handed hitters -- Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Austin Slater.

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Freeman serious about returning at third base

Braves figuring out how to construct lineup, keep Adams slugging

Freeman serious about returning at third base

ATLANTA -- As the Braves were evaluating what to do with Matt Adams when their All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman returns from the disabled list, Freeman lobbied for an unexpected option on Wednesday afternoon, when he told Braves officials he was serious about making the transition to third base.

"I said I'm completely on board with it, I want to do it," Freeman said. "We've got to keep Matt's bat in the lineup and I'll do anything to win."

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Braves honor local bike shop owners

Braves honor local bike shop owners

ATLANTA -- Tim and Becky O'Mara saw a chance to help their community nine years ago and started Bearings Bike Shop in metro Atlanta.

On Wednesday afternoon, the O'Maras were recognized as part of Braves Community Heroes Week after starting a mentoring program to help local youth.

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Barry M. Bloom

Game becomes a family affair for Negron

Son of longtime Yankees employee drafted by Braves

Game becomes a family affair for Negron

NEW YORK -- Ray Negron has been with the Yankees for 44 years. He started as a batboy and has grown into one of the club's most trusted community relations advisors. He writes columns on the side and hosts a radio show for ESPN Deportes.

Now Negron is taking on one of his most important roles: as agent and advisor to his son, Ricky, a power-hitting third baseman who was selected earlier this month by the Braves in the 34th round of the MLB Draft.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peterson drives in four for Gwinnett

Peterson drives in four for Gwinnett

With one no-hitter already under his belt this season, Lucas Giolito made a bid at a second one on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

Starting game two of a doubleheader versus Gwinnett, Giolito, the White Sox No. 4 prospect (No. 30 overall), tossed four no-hit frames before permitting a leadoff single in the fifth inning.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rookie Camargo displaying maturity in Majors

Third baseman goes 3-for-4 with RBI triple vs. Giants

Rookie Camargo displaying maturity in Majors

ATLANTA -- Johan Camargo has toiled in the Braves' system over the past few years, and he has led some to believe he was the organization's best defensive infielder, especially in the post-Andrelton Simmons era.

But as he has physically and mentally matured over the past year, the energetic infielder has enhanced his value and positioned himself to take advantage of an opportunity that was enriched Tuesday night, when he came within a few feet of hitting for the cycle in a 6-3 loss to the Giants at SunTrust Park.

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Teheran, Braves stumped late in loss to Giants

Teheran, Braves stumped late in loss to Giants

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran was cruising toward his finest start of the season before Austin Slater drilled an eighth-inning, three-run homer that rewarded Matt Moore's strong effort and allowed the Giants to snap a seven-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Braves Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

"It's big to get out there, keep plugging away and playing good baseball," Giants outfielder Hunter Pence said. "It feels good to get rewarded for all the hard work and see Matt [Moore] and the bullpen pitch so well. It is a feel-good day."

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta.

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Colon scratched due to stiff back

Newcomb to start Wednesday as six-man rotation adjusts to five

Colon scratched due to stiff back

ATLANTA -- Bartolo Colon will have to wait a little longer to show that he deserves to stay in the Braves' starting rotation.

As Braves manager Brian Snitker met with the media late Tuesday afternoon, he revealed Colon had been scratched from Wednesday's scheduled start against the Giants because of a stiff back. The 44-year-old pitcher has been on the disabled list since June 6 with a strained left oblique muscle.

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Braves recognize Community Hero Smith

Kemp, Inciarte, Dickey aid founder of non-profit in delivering toys to children

Braves recognize Community Hero Smith

ATLANTA -- As Tanner Smith spent countless hours of his childhood confined to hospitals where his father was undergoing treatment for Stage IV Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he developed a desire to help ill children who did not necessarily have the same option he had to occasionally leave the confines of a medical facility.

When Smith was 12 years old, he asked his mother if they could gather about 10 bags of toys and other goodies to deliver to children at a nearby hospital. Fifteen years later, he proudly runs Tanner's Totes, a non-profit organization that has delivered thousands of bags of toys throughout the country to children battling long-term illness.

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Adams providing Freeman-like production

Adams providing Freeman-like production

ATLANTA -- When Freddie Freeman fractured his left wrist on May 17, he had numbers that validated the claim that he had been one of the Majors' elite offensive performers for nearly a full calendar year. Thus, there was reason to assume the Braves wouldn't find a capable replacement to play first base over the 10 weeks or so Freeman is expected to miss.

Backed into a corner, the Braves showed commitment to both their players and fan base when they doggedly searched for options and ultimately traded a Minor League infielder to the Cardinals for Matt Adams -- who has spent the past month producing much like Freeman had.

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Vintage Dickey backed by big inning vs. Giants

Vintage Dickey backed by big inning vs. Giants

ATLANTA -- R.A. Dickey quickly distanced himself from his worst start of the season and extended the Giants' offensive woes as he helped the Braves take another step toward evening their record with a 9-0 win Monday night at SunTrust Park.

While claiming their third straight win and moving within five games of a .500 record (32-37), the Braves received seven brilliant innings from Dickey, who allowed eight runs to the Nationals in five innings last week. The Braves knuckleballer retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced and 21 of 24 after allowing consecutive hits to begin the first inning.

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Giants on Monday.

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Kemp stays in striking distance to start ASG

Kemp stays in striking distance to start ASG

ATLANTA -- Matt Kemp and Brandon Phillips remained the only Braves listed among the leaders when National League balloting updates were released Monday, but Tyler Flowers has certainly done enough to warrant strong consideration from All-Star voters.

The latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update showed that Kemp fell from fifth to sixth among outfielders, but still remains within striking distance of Jason Heyward, who ranks third and thus would garner that final outfield starting spot if the voting ended today.

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Freeman's cast removed; cleared to play catch

Freeman's cast removed; cleared to play catch

ATLANTA -- As a heavy rainfall pelted SunTrust Park early Monday evening, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman remained on the field to play catch and to take advantage of the opportunity to partake in a baseball activity.

Freeman is likely still at least a month away from returning from the fractured left wrist he suffered when he was hit by a pitch during a May 17 home game against the Blue Jays. But he had his cast removed Friday and now can begin the rehab process.

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Surprise visit begins Community Heroes Week

Braves players, personnel recognize Hidinger, The Giving Kitchen

Surprise visit begins Community Heroes Week

ATLANTA -- Jen Hidinger, one of the founders for The Giving Kitchen, a non-profit organization that helps restaurant workers in a crisis, was shocked to hear sounds of marching drums coming down the Atlanta Beltline near the Ponce City Market.

She also was surprised to see Braves personnel and players, including Freddie Freeman, Kurt Suzuki, and Jason Hursh, who were in attendance to celebrate the beginning of Braves Community Heroes Week. Each day, the team will celebrate a local hero making a difference in the community.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Braves' 14 straight division titles should be cheered

Schuerholz-led run from 1991-2005 unlike anything before, or since

Braves' 14 straight division titles should be cheered

In a front-office career that has earned him upcoming enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, John Schuerholz can't ignore what has seemingly become the "Yeah, but ..." of the championship teams he oversaw first in Kansas City and then in Atlanta.

"It is sad that the story of the Atlanta Braves ends with the word 'but,'" said Schuerholz. "People talk about the great run we had, [a pro sports record] 14 consecutive division champions. All my cohorts in the business say, 'What a remarkable accomplishment. No one will ever do that.' The media examines what we have done as productive, but the end of the sentence is, 'But only one world championship.' That is frustrating to me."

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

Braves rally, win second straight on walk-off

Braves rally, win second straight on walk-off

ATLANTA -- As the Braves play with a chip on their shoulders and prove their doubters wrong, they continue to receive timely hits from the likes of Brandon Phillips, who delivered his second walk-off hit in less than 24 hours to cap Sunday afternoon's 5-4 win over the Marlins at SunTrust Park.

Atlanta has recorded a Major League-best 11 last at-bat wins this season. These victories account for more than a third of the club's season victory total (31).

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Father's Day treat for Phillips on walk-off hit

Father's Day treat for Phillips on walk-off hit

ATLANTA -- With his dad, James Phillips, and his children in attendance at SunTrust Park on Sunday afternoon, Brandon Phillips knew he had to make this Father's Day memorable.

The Stone Mountain, Ga., native did just that by adding the final crescendo to a dramatic weekend. His second walk-off single in less than 24 hours gave the Braves a 5-4 victory over the Marlins.

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Given regular playing time, Adams hitting LHP

Given regular playing time, Adams hitting LHP

ATLANTA -- Matt Adams has hit a postseason home run against both Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, who arguably stand as the Majors' best left-handed pitchers. Still, throughout his Major League career, Adams has been given limited opportunities to shake the label of being a slugger who can't hit southpaws.

Nearly a full month after being traded from St. Louis to Atlanta, Adams is savoring the chance to be an everyday player while Freddie Freeman recovers from a fractured wrist. He has provided a presence for the Braves, who claimed Saturday's 8-7, 10-inning win over the Marlins with the assistance of his three-hit game, which included a pair of key extra-base hits against lefty Jeff Locke.

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Schuerholz's legacy not lost on loved ones

As Father's Day nears, family proud of patriarch's achievements

Schuerholz's legacy not lost on loved ones

ATLANTA -- Still just 3 years old, John Boland Schuerholz III will not understand the significance of the trip he will make to Cooperstown this summer to celebrate his grandfather's legendary career. But over a significant portion of his life, his journeys to Baseball's Hall of Fame will be enriched by the opportunity to see a plaque that bears his exact name and immortalizes his family's patriarch.

"That's what gets me emotional when I talk about it," Braves assistant director of player development Jonathan Schuerholz said. "I'll be able to take our sons to Cooperstown for the rest of our lives and they'll see a plaque that says John Boland Schuerholz."

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Braves sign 2nd-round pick Waters

41st overall selection to receive a $1.5 million signing bonus

Braves sign 2nd-round pick Waters

ATLANTA -- Five days after being selected by his hometown team in the second round of the MLB Draft, Drew Waters prepped to make the short drive to SunTrust Park to enjoy his first full day as a member of the Braves' organization.

The club announced it signed Waters, an 18-year-old switch-hitting outfielder who was named Georgia's Player of the Year after recently completing his senior season at suburban Atlanta's Etowah High School.

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Braves spread awareness in Father's Day blue

Braves spread awareness in Father's Day blue

ATLANTA -- The Braves traded in their red uniforms for a new shade of blue this weekend. The team joined all 30 Major League Baseball clubs in raising awareness for prostate cancer during their weekend series against the Marlins.

The Braves' regular home uniforms featured light blue letters, a symbolic blue ribbon and blue wristbands. The players also had the option of wearing different selections of blue socks. All proceeds from the uniforms will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer charities.

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Braves rally late, walk off in extras vs. Marlins

Braves rally late, walk off in extras vs. Marlins

ATLANTA -- Brandon Phillips fueled a ninth-inning rally against AJ Ramos, then induced further damage off the Marlins' closer with a 10th-inning walk-off single that enabled the Braves to overcome a five-run fifth inning and claim a 8-7 win Saturday afternoon at SunTrust Park.

Phillips' game-ending line-drive single to center completed a determined comeback generated by the Braves, who opened the bottom of the 10th with a single by Johan Camargo, who advanced to second base on Julio Teheran's sacrifice bunt. When Ender Inciarte followed with a comebacker, Ramos' attempt to catch Camargo too far off second base sailed into center field, giving the Braves two on with one out. Phillips then produced his seventh career game-ending RBI, first since 2013.

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SunTrust Park hosts Pitch, Hit & Run event

SunTrust Park hosts Pitch, Hit & Run event

ATLANTA -- SunTrust Park was the final stop for 24 youth hopefuls as they competed for a chance to qualify for the Scotts Pitch, Hit & Run Finals being held during MLB All-Star Week in Miami.

Participants came from as far as Mississippi to engage in training exercises deemed to test their performance. Twelve boys and 12 girls were divided into four categories based on ages ranging from 7-14 years old.

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