7/9/2014 | Fredi planning to keep Gattis behind plate
Catcher Evan Gattis seemingly provided a sign of encouragement when he crouched behind the plate to field a few between-innings warmup pitches during Tuesday night's game against the Mets. But Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he still does not expect Gattis to be activated from the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break next week.
7/9/2014 | Upton enjoying Final Vote experience, club's support
As they wore #VoteJUP T-shirts during batting practice before Wednesday night's game against the Mets, the Braves showed their support for Justin Upton's bid to win the National League portion of this year's MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.
7/9/2014 | Colon, Mets seek four-game sweep of Harang, Braves
The last time Aaron Harang took the hill at Citi Field, he flirted with history. The veteran no-hit the Mets in seven strong innings April 18, and on Thursday night he'll look to halt the Braves' four-game slide and deny the Mets a four-game sweep. Bartolo Colon, who has struggled early in his past few starts, will start for New York.
7/9/2014 | Rough seventh, lack of offensive punch sink Braves
Ervin Santana spent six innings providing reason to wonder if he truly had regained the promise he showed in April. But as the seventh inning unfolded during Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field, Santana and his Braves teammates left reason to wonder what this season's second half might have in store.
7/9/2014 | All Chicago: Sale in lead, Rizzo passes Morneau
There's a new leader in the National League Final Vote. Late Wednesday, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo passed Rockies veteran Justin Morneau for the top spot, while White Sox left-hander Chris Sale continued to maintain a slight advantage two-thirds of the way through the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian, which ends today at 4 p.m. ET.
7/9/2014 | Double-A second-base prospect Peraza has big night
Second baseman Jose Peraza, the Braves' No. 3 prospect, had four hits Tuesday and Double-A Mississippi defeated Montgomery, 7-4. Peraza, ranked No. 99 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a stolen base and an RBI. It was the fourth four-hit game of his career and second of the season.
7/8/2014 | Teheran off his game, chased early in loss to Mets
All-Star Julio Teheran's bubble was burst as he was soundly humbled by the performance he provided in Tuesday night's 8-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. Along with watching their ace match the shortest outing of his career, the Braves also saw their offense subdued by yet another starter who would not be described as "top-of-the-rotation caliber."
7/8/2014 | Heyward recalls beaning after near-miss
Jason Heyward was thinking about removing the face guard that he has worn on his batting helmet since his jaw was fractured by Mets left-hander Jon Niese's fastball last Aug. 21. But he altered his thinking Monday night when he watched Mets southpaw reliever Josh Edgin's 94-mph heater sail over his head as he stood in the same Citi Field batter's box where Niese had hit him.
7/8/2014 | Fredi still flummoxed over 'neighborhood' call
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez knows he may be fined for saying, "It's one of the worst calls I've ever seen," in reference to the reversal of a disputed challenge of a "neighborhood play" that occurred during the ninth inning of Monday night's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Mets.
7/8/2014 | After two-month layoff, Mets' Gee returns to mound
Although the Mets are dealing with the absence of lefty Jon Niese, they will compensate Wednesday night with the return of righty Dillon Gee, who makes his first start in nearly two months as he faces righty Ervin Santana and the Braves at Citi Field.
7/8/2014 | Third in tight Final Vote race, Upton seeks fan support
If Justin Upton is going to win this year's MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian, he will need to garner greater support over the next 50-plus hours. When the first balloting updates were released Tuesday afternoon, Upton stood in third place in the National League. The Rockies' Justin Morneau leads the NL's five candidates, and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo sits in second place.
7/8/2014 | Bryant, Betts highlight First-Half All-Prospect team
MLBPipeline.com has put together a First-Half All-Prospect team, featuring the prospects who performed the best during the first few months of the 2014 season. The list includes Cubs 2013 first-round Draft pick Kris Bryant and a trio of Red Sox, led by Mookie Betts.
7/8/2014 | Despite injuries, Braves manage success on field
The Atlanta Braves should be toast by now. That they're still atop the National League East speaks volumes about this franchise, not just the manager or the players or the farm system, but the larger thing, the franchise.
7/8/2014 | Sale, Morneau leading close Final Vote races
Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau and White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, two veterans who played key roles in past All-Star victories, were each leading tight races after the first 36 hours of balloting in the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.
7/7/2014 | 'Neighborhood play' at center of controversial review
The "neighborhood play," a subject of much discussion earlier this season, came to the fore again at Citi Field on Monday night. While neighborhood plays are no longer reviewable in most circumstances, umpires in the Braves-Mets game ruled that a play in the bottom of the ninth inning was not a neighborhood play, so they reviewed it. Upon review, the original out call on the Mets' Eric Campbell was overturned.
7/7/2014 | Teheran to attend All-Star Game, likely won't pitch
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was prepared to alter his rotation had he been informed that Julio Teheran's All-Star selection was dependent on whether he would be available to pitch in the game. But he was glad that he was never forced to make this decision that might have bothered some of his other starting pitchers.
7/7/2014 | Gattis not expected back right after All-Star break
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez remains hopeful that Evan Gattis will be healthy enough to return to his lineup within the next couple of weeks. But he does not believe his big catcher will be activated from the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break.
7/7/2014 | Braves crafting campaign to boost J-Up in Final Vote
There was no reason for the Braves to panic when they learned Justin Upton would be a part of this year's Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Just a year ago, they spearheaded a successful marketing campaign that helped Freddie Freeman garner a record-setting vote total.
7/7/2014 | Chasing Braves, Mets win in 11 on Tejada's single
Monday night's walk-off, 11-inning, 4-3 win over the Braves at Citi Field represented a small but impactful step in the right direction for the Mets. Ruben Tejada delivered the game-winning single off Anthony Varvaro in the 11th, after Juan Lagares sparked the rally with a one-out double.
7/7/2014 | Braves grab lead with late rally, but fall to Mets in 11
An eighth-inning rally provided indication the Braves were ready to extend their recent success. But after Luis Avilan surrendered a costly home run in the bottom half of the same inning, the Mets gained the life they needed to claim Monday night's 4-3, 11-inning win at Citi Field.
7/7/2014 | All-Star Teheran, rookie deGrom meet again
For the second time in a week, it'll be Jacob deGrom and Julio Teheran on the hill as the Mets and Braves continue their series. The two young pitchers will take the mound at Citi Field on Tuesday for the first time since they opposed each other at Turner Field in Atlanta last Wednesday.
7/6/2014 | J. Upton selected as NL Final Vote candidate
When it appeared Yusiel Puig was the clear favorite to win last year's Final Vote Sponsored by Experian, Braves fans helped Freddie Freeman pull off an upset with a record-setting amount of votes. Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is hoping to get similar support from this same loyal fan base.
7/6/2014 | Kimbrel, Freeman, Teheran named All-Stars
Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman will be present to help Julio Teheran make the most of his first All-Star Game experience.
7/6/2014 | You again? Dice-K, Minor match up once more
When Daisuke Matsuzaka and Mike Minor square off on Monday night, each will have a degree of familiarity with his opponent even greater than when division rivals usually play each other, as they matched up in their most recent starts, on Tuesday at Turner Field in an eventual 5-4 Atlanta win.
7/6/2014 | Despite Wood, Braves' winning streak ends at nine
Paul Goldschmidt's two-run home run proved to be enough for Wade Miley, who guided the D-backs to a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field. The Braves proved unsuccessful in their attempt to manufacture runs much like they had while winning their previous nine games.
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