Baseball owners extend Manfred’s contract, TV deal with Fox
ATLANTA (AP) — Baseball owners have locked down their commissioner and their main broadcast partner, too.
Any decisions on speeding up the game and perhaps making it more enjoyable to watch will have to wait.
After wrapping up two days of meetings at a hotel next to the Atlanta ...
Acuna honored to be named National League Rookie of the Year
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. woke up in Japan to news he had been named National League Rookie of the Year.
Acuna was a runaway choice for the award over Washington outfielder Juan Soto in a contest between 20-year-olds.
“I’m just flattered, I’m ...
Ohtani wins AL Rookie of the Year; Acuna takes NL honor
NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani was rewarded for a Ruthian season at the plate — and on the mound.
Baseball’s best two-way player since the Babe at the dawn of the live-ball era a century ago, Ohtani was an overwhelming pick for American League Rookie of the Year on Monday despite an elbow ...
Swanson has wrist surgery, to be ready for spring training
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson is expected to be ready for spring training following surgery on his left wrist.
The Braves said Wednesday Swanson had a procedure on Monday to remove a “loose body” in the wrist.
The 24-year-old Swanson hit .238 with 14 home ...
Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox just keep winning.
Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ian Kinsler won Gold Gloves for the World Series champion Red Sox on Sunday night, and the Atlanta Braves also were recognized for their fielding excellence this season.
The 26-year-old Betts won for ...
Josef Martinez picks up Golden Boot from surprise presenter
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Josef Martinez knew he was receiving one of Major League Soccer’s top awards.
The Atlanta United star was caught off guard by the presenter.
After the greatest goal-scoring season in MLS history, the ...
Braves acquire veteran catcher Raffy Lopez from Padres
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have acquired catcher Raffy Lopez from the San Diego Padres in exchange for cash considerations.
The 31-year-old Lopez hit .176 and hit three home runs in 37 games with the Padres in 2018. He also spent time with Triple-A El Paso.
Lopez provides ...
Former Turner Field gets another crack at baseball _ sort of
ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Azaria attended a baseball game at Turner Field a few seasons ago.
He can’t believe what it’s become.
“I don’t even recognize it,” Azaria said incredulously, glancing out on the former ballpark now known as Georgia State Stadium.
Dodgers Game 2 starter Ryu looking to exorcise road demons
BOSTON (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu is used to pitching in big moments and on big stages.
Four years before being signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, the South Korean left-hander was on the mound for his home country when it defeated Cuba in the gold medal game of the 2008 Summer Olympics in ...
McCarthy eligible to be free agent if he continues career
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who missed the second half of the season with a knee injury, is eligible to become a free agent if he chooses to continue his career.
Major League Baseball and the players’ union have determined McCarthy’s conditional team option ...
Lawsuit: Braves, MLB should have acted before 2015 fan death
ATLANTA (AP) — In court documents filed this week in a lawsuit following the 2015 death of a fan who fell from the upper deck at an Atlanta Braves game, Nolan Ryan says guard rails at the Texas Rangers’ stadium had to be raised “to protect our fans from themselves.”
Ryan, the former Hall ...
ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Snitker endured a restless night after the final game of the season.
He was poring over what went wrong for the Atlanta Braves in the playoffs.
He might’ve been thinking about his own future, as well.
“I laid awake all night staring at the ceiling,” the ...
Dodgers counting on Machado to push them over Series hump
ATLANTA (AP) — Even with all their star power and deep pockets, all their booming hitters and ace pitchers, the Los Angeles Dodgers are approaching three decades since their last World Series championship.
They’re making another run at that elusive title.
Only this time, Manny ...
Machado, Dodgers finish off Braves in NLDS with 6-2 win
ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers went through all the expected motions after winning a playoff series.
They broke out T-shirts and caps. They posed for pictures in the middle of SunTrust Park. They doused each other with beer in the clubhouse.
Then, just like that, their focus ...
ATLANTA (AP) — After the Atlanta Braves leaned heavily on their youth in a breakout season, a lack of experience and depth finally caught up to them in October.
The Baby Braves ran out of steam in the NL Division Series,
Muncy, Pederson return to Dodgers lineup for Game 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Muncy is starting at first base and Joc Pederson is in left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz in Monday’s Game 4 of the NL Division Series.
Each sat in Game 3 when manager Dave Roberts started David Freese at first and ...
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman put the Atlanta Braves ahead, then watched from first base as they almost give away the lead — and possibly their whole season.
“My heart’s still pounding,” he said, moments after the last out. “That’s how we’ve been all year.”
Reliever Arodys Vizcaino ...
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. has become the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the postseason.
The 20-year-old Acuna made history with his second-inning homer off Walker Buehler in the NL Division Series on Sunday night.
The previous youngest hitter with ...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers put left fielder Chris Taylor in the leadoff position and sat Yasiel Puig as manager Dave Roberts adjusted his lineup to face Atlanta Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday night.
The right-handed ...
Newcomb to start Game 3 for Braves instead of Gausman
ATLANTA (AP) — With their season on the line, the Atlanta Braves are throwing a changeup.
Trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 in their best-of-five NL Division Series, the Braves will start left-hander Sean Newcomb in Game 3 on Sunday night rather than Kevin Gausman. Newcomb nearly ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Sandy Koufax sitting in the front row, Clayton Kershaw pitched the best postseason game of his career, motivated partly by being passed over as the Dodgers’ Game 1 starter.
He responded with a postseason career-high eight innings of two-hit ball in his team’s second ...
Gausman likely Game 3 starter for Braves; Buehler for LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Gausman will likely start Game 3 for the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said he is leaning toward using the 27-year-old right-hander when the series shifts to Atlanta on Sunday.
Braves, Dodgers tweak starting lineups for Game 2 of NLDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right fielder Yasiel Puig will be hitting fifth in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup for Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.
The Cuban slugger moved up two spots on Friday night after hitting seventh in a 6-0 victory in Game 1 at ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rather than pop, Ronald Acuna Jr. started the game with a popup. The big-hitting rookie never got into the swing at Dodger Stadium, and neither did the rest of the Atlanta Braves.
Hoping to break loose in their first postseason appearance since 2013, the Braves instead ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers made a surprising and much dissected decision to start Hyun-Jin Ryu over Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the NL Division Series.
The South Korean left-hander pitched seven dominant innings and Los Angeles launched three home runs to beat the ...
Braves’ Swanson, Dodgers’ Stripling off NLDS rosters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Injured shortstop Dansby Swanson didn’t make the Atlanta Braves’ roster for the National League Division Series. His replacement is Charlie Culberson, someone familiar to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Braves announced their roster Thursday, hours before the start of Game ...
A capsule look at the Braves-Dodgers playoff series
A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at Los Angeles, 8:37 p.m. (MLB); Game 2, Friday, at Los Angeles, 9:37 p.m. (FS1); Game 3, Sunday, at Atlanta, 8:07 p.m. ...
Dodgers look to Ryu, not Kershaw, to set tone in opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) — These aren’t the same Dodgers that won 104 games, ran away in the NL West, and fell one victory short of a World Series title last year.
Example A: After a slow start, they won 92 games and needed Game 163 to earn their sixth straight division title.
Example B: ...
Dodgers to start Ryu in Game 1 of NLDS against Braves
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers at home in Game 1 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
The defending National League champions said ace Clayton Kershaw will take the ball Friday in Game 2.
Mike Foltynewicz (13-10, ...
Dansby Swanson may be longshot for Braves’ NLDS roster
ATLANTA (AP) — Shortstop Dansby Swanson did not participate in the Atlanta Braves’ light workout Tuesday and appears to be a longshot to make the team’s roster for its NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
NL East champ Braves drop finale, wait for NL West champ
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis and the NL East champion Atlanta Braves are set to open the playoffs on the road.
All they need is an NL West champion to play.
Needing at least a win to have a shot at home field in the NLDS, the Braves lost to the Philadelphia ...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola finished off a stellar season in typically dominant fashion.
Nola pitched seven shutout innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies snap a nine-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
In his final start of the ...
Freeman, Braves rout Phils 10-2, push for playoff home field
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are savoring their turnaround.
Freddie Freeman hit three doubles in a four-hit performance and drove in three runs as the Braves kept up their push for home-field advantage in the playoffs, routing the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 Friday ...
DeGrom makes pitch for Cy Young, Mets blank Braves 3-0
NEW YORK (AP) — On his 3,102nd pitch of a special season, Jacob deGrom was determined to reach one more milestone, rather than letting it linger until next year.
So facing his final batter, he reached back and threw a 92 mph slider past Ozzie Albies for his 1,000th career ...
Braves SS Swanson torn hand ligament, playoff status unclear
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has a partially torn ligament in his left hand and it’s unclear if he will be available in the postseason for the NL East champions.
Swanson traveled from New York to Atlanta on Wednesday to get his wrist and hand examined by team ...
NL East champion Braves rally past Mets 7-3 for 6th straight
NEW YORK (AP) — With the playoffs around the corner and the Atlanta Braves rolling along, the last thing the NL East champions need is an injury to their starting shortstop.
Dansby Swanson exited Tuesday ...
Reserves lead Braves to 5th straight win, eliminate Phillies
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves manager Brian Snitker gave most of his everyday players some time off a day after Atlanta clinched the NL East.
Lane Adams took advantage of a rare opportunity.
“You see the fun the starters have day in and day out,” Adams said. “When I saw my name in the lineup ...
Braves clinch 1st NL East crown since 2013, top Phillies 5-3
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman stood soaked in champagne with music blaring and his teammates jamming in celebration.
This was just how the longtime star first baseman envisioned it when the Atlanta Braves began spring training seven months ago.
“You could tell after the first week ...
Braves’ Foltynewicz gives up 1st hit in 7th vs Phillies
ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz of the Atlanta Braves has lost his no-hit bid in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Odubel Herrera led off the seventh by lining a clean single up the middle Saturday at SunTrust Park.
The Braves lead 4-0, and can clinch their first ...
LEADING OFF: Braves try to clinch, Bosox aim for wins record
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
The Atlanta Braves can clinch their first NL East title since 2013 by beating Philadelphia at SunTrust Park. Sparked by Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the Baby Braves moved closer to the division crown with a 6-5 ...
Braves top Phillies 8-3, move closer to clinching division
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves moved closer to the playoffs by taking an important win over their closest pursuer.
Even better, some players who could play key roles on Atlanta’s postseason roster looked playoff-ready.
ATLANTA (AP) — Cardinals manager Mike Shildt loved watching Yadier Molina grind out a big at-bat in the eighth inning.
With the bases loaded and two outs in a two-run game, Shildt got exactly what he wanted from Molina, a veteran star catcher who has helped St. Louis chase down plenty of ...
MIAMI (AP) — Stephen Strasburg matched his season-high with 11 strikeouts and Bryce Harper tied a season high with five walks as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 4-2 Tuesday night.
Anthony Rendon drove in two runs for the Nationals (77-75), who moved to within 6 ½ games of ...
ATLANTA (AP) — Miles Mikolas has been unbeatable this season when the St. Louis Cardinals score him a couple of runs.
He’s 16-0 when getting at least two runs of support, a big asset for the Cardinals as they stay in the postseason hunt.
“I’ve been fortunate enough that when I’ve ...
Braves’ NL East lead still 6½ games after 6-4 loss to Nats
ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Newcomb is fighting for a spot in the rotation for the Atlanta Braves’ hopeful march to the postseason.
The way he’s been going recently at home, Newcomb is leaving doubt that he can handle the job.
“It’s just more a mentality,” he said. “I’ve got to go out there ...
Soto youngest to steal 3 bases, Nats beat hit Braves 7-1
ATLANTA (AP) — Juan Soto shrugged off his latest accomplishment after showing what he can do on the bases.
“I stole three bags, and I helped my team to win,” he said. “That’s pretty good.”
Soto become the youngest player to steal three bases in a game, had an RBI single and scored ...
ATLANTA (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Jeremy Hellickson may miss the rest of the season after reinjuring his right wrist while batting in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 7-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Hellickson sprained his right on Aug. 15 when he landed awkwardly while covering ...
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. struck out twice and reached base once in his first six at-bats against Nationals ace Max Scherzer.
“I think it helps having some previous at-bats against him,” Acuna said through a translator. “I just went in with the same approach. I wanted to have fun out ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On a day when Anibal Sanchez didn’t have his best command, he found a way to help the Atlanta Braves on their march toward the postseason.
Sanchez kept the Braves close with six strong innings, pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth, and the ...