ATLANTA (AP) — Touki Toussaint was glad to skip his scheduled start at Triple-A Gwinnett.
He made the 30-minute drive over to SunTrust Park and saved the big league club's bullpen from...
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried credits time spent in the bullpen with helping his mentality as he becomes more confident in his talent and more aggressive with his approach.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz showed no issues with his right elbow, allowing no hits and two baserunners in five scoreless innings of a rehab start at Triple-A...
ATLANTA (AP) — Hall of Famer manager Bobby Cox was able to accept visitors in his Atlanta-area hospital room on Wednesday, one day after the longtime Braves skipper suffered a stroke.
National League East capsules
Capsules of National League East teams, listed in order of finish last year:
Braves may have 3 open spots in pitching rotation
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they started spring training, the Atlanta Braves had one opening in their pitching rotation. With a week to go before opening day, they may have three.
Braves pitching staff springing leaks early in camp
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The fifth spot in the Atlanta Braves' pitching rotation was open when spring training began.
Now it is wide-open, and it might not be the only spot.
McCann catches for Braves for 1st time in 5 years
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Brian McCann left Atlanta five years ago as a full-time catcher.
After three years with the New York Yankees and two with the Houston Astros, the 35-year-old McCann...
If Acuna dropped down, Inciarte or Albies could lead off
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — If Ronald Acuna Jr. is dropped down in the Atlanta Braves' batter order, Ender Inciarte and Ozzie Albies could be the top candidates to lead off.
NL East teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the National League East entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Manager: Brian Snitker (fourth season).
2018: 90-72, first place, lost to Dodgers in Division Series.
Training Town: Kissimmee, Florida.
Park: Champion Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 16/21.
He's Here: 3B Josh Donaldson, C Brian McCann, C Raffy Lopez, pitching coach Rick Kranitz.
Braves avoid arbitration with Foltynewicz, 6 others
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have agreed to a $5,475,000, one-year deal with Mike Foltynewicz, avoiding arbitration with the All-Star right-hander.
Atlanta also avoided arbitration with its other six players who were eligible, agreeing with right-hander Kevin Gausman ($9.35 million), relievers Sam Freeman ($1,575,000), Arodys Vizcaíno ($4.8 million) and Dan Winkler ($1.61 million), infielder Charlie Culberson ($1,395,000) and outfielder Adam Duvall ($2,875,000).
Braves hire pitching coach Rick Kranitz to replace Hernandez
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have hired pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who served in the same role for NL East rival Philadelphia last season.
Kranitz, 60, replaces Chuck Hernandez, who was not retained following Atlanta's playoff loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kranitz joined the Phillies as bullpen coach in 2015. He was promoted him to assistant pitching coach for 2017 and took over the direction of the staff one year later.
Oakland’s Melvin, Atlanta’s Snitker voted top managers
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Melvin's job was a lot different as a rookie manager with Seattle in 2002, and even when he was voted Manager of the Year with Arizona in 2007 and Oakland in 2012.
"Organizations and certainly front offices are more a part of it now, and you have to understand that," Melvin said Tuesday after winning his third manager award.
Melvin won the American League honor after leading the Athletics to the playoffs despite the lowest opening-day payroll in the major leagues.
Snitker gets 2-year extension; managed Braves to playoffs
ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Snitker has a two-year contract for only the second time in his 43 years with the Braves.
It's little wonder that Snitker, who turns 63 on Wednesday, said Monday he never assumed he'd be asked to return as manager even after leading Atlanta to a surprise NL East division title and its first playoff berth since 2013.
Baby Braves bow out in playoffs, but the future looks bright
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 Braves manager said. "I couldn't sleep."
Baby Braves can’t overcome lack of experience, depth in NLDS
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.
LEADING OFF: Newcomb subs in for Braves, Rockies head home
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Sean Newcomb will start Game 3 of the Braves' NL Division Series against the Dodgers instead of Kevin Gausman. With Atlanta trailing 2-0 in the best-of-five series, manager Brian Snitker made the swap Saturday. The 25-year-old Newcomb came within a strike of throwing a no-hitter against the Dodgers at home on July 29, and also threw two scoreless innings in relief in the series opener Thursday.
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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 pitched a no-hitter against Los Angeles in July, and the Dodgers have beaten right-handers in the first two games of the series.
Braves return home needing win vs LA to extend NLDS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers head to Atlanta full of confidence after consecutive shutouts gave them a commanding 2-0 lead over the Braves in their National League Division Series.
Now the Braves must win the first postseason game in their new ballpark to extend their season. And they face some daunting history: only three times have teams that trailed 2-0 rallied to win a best-of-five playoff series under the 2-2-1 format.
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.
However, the Braves decided not to send Gausman back to Atlanta on Friday in case he was needed for Game 2.
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 Phillies 3-1 on Sunday.
The Braves needed a win and a loss by both Colorado and Los Angeles to secure home-field advantage when the division series starts Thursday.
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 night.
Teheran sharp in playoff audition, Braves fall to Mets 4-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Julio Teheran delivered a final pitch, watched the shortstop drift back to make a nice catch and walked off the mound clapping his right hand and glove together.
After the game, Braves manager Brian Snitker applauded Teheran, too.
Teheran looked sharp in his last audition to become part of Atlanta's playoff rotation, throwing two-hit ball for six innings Thursday night in a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets.
"That's the way I wanted to finish the regular season," Teheran said.
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 doctors. He will undergo treatment while missing the rest of the regular season, which ends Sunday.
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.
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 I just wanted to go out, have fun, enjoy it and take it in because this is a special group, a special crowd and a special time for this organization."
Braves clinch NL East crown; Yankees claim AL wild card spot
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves capped a most surprising season by clinching their first NL East crown since 2013, with Mike Foltynewicz taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
A year after going 70-92, manager Brian Snitker and his Baby Braves surged back into the playoffs.
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 of workouts that we had the talent to do something special," Freeman said. "Obviously we still needed to put it together. But this is what happens. You win the division after three straight 90-loss seasons."
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 win over the Phillies on Friday night.
Braves move to brink of division title, beat Phillies 6-5
ATLANTA (AP) — The Baby Braves are all grown up.
It's almost time to celebrate.
With another gutty performance that pushed Atlanta to the brink of its first NL East title since 2013, the Braves bounced back from Ronald Acuna Jr.'s defensive blunder with a five-run seventh inning that carried them past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Friday night.
Swanson saves Braves in 10th for 5-4 win over Diamondbacks
PHOENIX (AP) — The series between National League playoff hopefuls Atlanta and Arizona has been a wild ride, and Saturday night's ending might have topped them all.
Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson made a diving stop on the outfield grass and cut down Nick Ahmed at home plate for the final out to preserve Atlanta's 5-4 victory in 10 innings.
"He just gave every last bit of energy he had and obviously won the game for us," Braves manager Brian Snitker said.
Braves beat Diamondbacks 7-6 on wild pitch in 10th inning
PHOENIX (AP) — Ahead all night, the Atlanta Braves watched a two-run lead disappear in the ninth inning. A day after losing to Boston on a two-run homer in the ninth, they could have folded.
Instead, the Braves found a way to scratch out a victory and increase their NL East lead.
Dansby Swanson scored the go-ahead run on Yoshihisa Hirano's wild pitch in the 10th inning, and the Braves recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 Thursday.
Injured starter Soroka will not return to Braves this season
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves manager Brian Snitker says right-hander Mike Soroka, sidelined for 82 games with shoulder strain and inflammation, will not return this season.
Soroka has been on the disabled list twice and last pitched June 19 at Toronto. He went 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA in five starts.
Gausman, pen combine on 2-hitter as Braves beat Marlins 4-0
MIAMI (AP) — Nursing a lead in the game and in the NL East standings, the Atlanta Braves monitored the out-of-town scoreboard as they finished off the Miami Marlins.
"Absolutely," manager Brian Snitker said. "We've been waiting four years to do this, check the out-of-town. So it's nice."
LEADING OFF: Braves-Marlins melee, Cards soaring, Lester up
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Acuna hit by Urena’s first pitch; Braves, Marlins scuffle
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna's chance to extend his three-game streak of leadoff homers was put on hold when the Marlins' Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch on Wednesday night, triggering a melee that led to benches and bullpens for Atlanta and Miami emptying twice.
Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker were ejected. Snitker had angry words for the pitcher as he led the first exodus from Atlanta's dugout toward the mound.
Albies’ homer in 7th lifts Braves past Brewers 8-7
ATLANTA (AP) — As he watched hitter after hitter reach base for Milwaukee, Brian Snitker felt like his Braves were always behind.
Instead, Atlanta stayed close despite being outhit 19-9 and took advantage of Ozzie Albies' tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to beat the Brewers 8-7 on Sunday.
Atlanta 5-0 vs Mets’ deGrom despite 4 runs in 33 innings
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta has four runs in 33 innings against Jacob deGrom this season and is 5-0 against him.
"He knows that those guys are out there trying to score runs for him every night and it's just not happening," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after the Braves beat deGrom and the New York Mets 2-1 Friday night.
Marlins-Braves rained out, to be part of DH on Aug. 13
ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Snitker will have to wait a bit longer to take advantage of his newly expanded Braves rotation.
Relentless rain took care of that.
The Braves' game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night was postponed following steady rain throughout the day. The game never started and was called about 90 minutes after its scheduled starting time.
The game will be made up as the first game of a split doubleheader on Aug. 13, when Miami returns to Atlanta.
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. wasn't surprised to see another member of the Braves' 20-year-old club win his first start for Atlanta.
Kolby Allard, supported by a 19-hit attack that included three home runs, won his major league debut and the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 11-6 on Tuesday night.
"We started together in rookie ball, so I've seen him pitch since then," said Acuna, who hit one of the Braves' three homers. "It was just as I expected. He's a great pitcher."
ATLANTA (AP) — From the perspective of manager Brian Snitker, the addition of right-hander Kevin Gausman means the Atlanta Braves added help in all the right places for their push to win the NL East.
Snitker applauded four trades made by general manager Alex Anthopoulos.
"I feel really good," Snitker said. "We talked about what you would like to have, and I think he hit all the boxes. Bullpen depth, starting pitcher, maybe a bat off the bench. I think they did a great job."
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb apologized to his teammates on Monday for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager.
Newcomb's apology was delivered in a meeting attended by players, coaches, manager Brian Snitker and Atlanta staff.
Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson said players accepted the apology. Each said tweets made public on Sunday did not represent Newcomb's actions on the team.
ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Newcomb came within one strike of pitching the first no-hitter by the Atlanta Braves since 1994, denied when Chris Taylor sharply singled in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
Newcomb had a 2-2 count with two outs in the ninth inning when Taylor hit a hard grounder beyond the reach of diving third baseman Johan Camargo. That came on the career-high 134th and final pitch by the 25-year-old lefty.
WASHINGTON (AP) — All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves will probably miss a couple of games after an early exit because of tightness in his right hamstring.
Albies was pulled for a pinch-hitter Friday night in an 8-5 win at Washington.
The 21-year-old Albies hit an RBI double in the first inning, stole third base and then dashed home on a groundout. Albies remained in the game until being pinch-hit for in the third inning.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Anibal Sanchez abruptly ended Atlanta's season-long losing streak.
Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh and Freddie Freeman added three hits, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
"I know the potential for this team to be in the playoffs is really high," Sanchez said. "I've been in October games. I can bring a lot of things to October."
Braves place LHP Fried on 10-day DL with blister
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Atlanta Braves placed left-hander Max Fried on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
Right-hander Evan Phillips was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his place.
Fried (1-3) started a 7-2 loss to Milwaukee on Thursday, going three innings and allowing four runs on four hits and three walks.
Braves activate Arodys Vizcaino from 10-day DL
NEW YORK (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have reinstated right-handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino from the 10-day disabled list.
The reliever had been sidelined since June 21 with right shoulder inflammation. Vizcaino threw a successful bullpen Monday, but the team waited until Tuesday to activate the 27-year old.
Vizcaino is 2-2 with a 1.82 ERA with 15 saves in 17 opportunities. A.J. Minter has earned a pair of saves while throwing seven scoreless innings in Vizcaino's absence.
NEW YORK (AP) — This time, the short porch at Yankee Stadium ended up hurting the home team.
Even with one of baseball's tallest players posted at the wall.
Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning that nicked the glove of a leaping Aaron Judge in right field, and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Yankees 5-3 on Monday in a matchup between the top teams in each league entering the night.