ATLANTA (AP) — A mid-June NL East clash between the Phillies and Braves provided clarity for each team.
The Braves gained confidence, with manager Brian Snitker concluding "We're putting it...
ATLANTA (AP) — One year after he was left off Atlanta's postseason rotation, Julio Teheran has re-emerged as a reliable leader on a young staff.
LEADING OFF: Lester vs Kershaw, MLB goes to Omaha
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Veteran left-handers Jon Lester and Clayton Kershaw square off when the Chicago Cubs visit the Los Angeles Dodgers for the...
Donaldson appeals 1-game suspension for shoving Díaz
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson has appealed a one-game suspension for shoving Pirates catcher Elias Díaz in the first inning of Monday's game.
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:
Twins slugger Nelson Cruz has homered in four straight games, his streak coming soon after his return from a strained...
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves stayed hot by hitting five home runs on a night a first-inning, stare-down contest created the biggest stir.
ATLANTA (AP) — Pittsburgh right-hander Joe Musgrove and Atlanta third baseman Josh Donaldson have been ejected for triggering a benches-clearing confrontation.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — In his short time with the Atlanta Braves, Austin Riley has liked the way his teammates fight for wins. On Tuesday night, he had a big role in their latest victory.
Milwaukee Brewers (27-21, second in the NL Central) vs. Atlanta Braves (25-21, second in the NL East)
Atlanta; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Brewers: Brandon Woodruff (6-1,...
ATLANTA (AP) — The return of Ronald Acuña Jr. to the leadoff spot has helped to spark Atlanta's offense.
PHOENIX (AP) — After playing 13 innings on the road the day before, a long game with a taxed bullpen was about the last thing the Arizona Diamondbacks wanted Thursday night.
San Diego Padres (17-13, third in the NL West) vs. Atlanta Braves (14-15, third in the NL East)
Atlanta; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Braves favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9...
Paddack, Padres to take on Teheran, Braves on Tuesday
San Diego Padres (16-13, third in the NL West) vs. Atlanta Braves (14-14, second in the NL East)
Atlanta; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Chris Paddack (1-1, 1.67 ERA,...
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Luke Jackson provided big lifts for the Atlanta Braves, who needed reminders of how to win at home and how to protect a lead.
Rockies open 3-game series against Atlanta
Colorado Rockies (11-14, fourth in the NL West) vs. Atlanta Braves (12-12, third in the NL East)
Atlanta; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Rockies: Antonio Senzatela (1-1, 3.55...
Braves pitching, Puig error add up to 3-1 win over Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) — With clutch hitting virtually non-existent, Atlanta's pitching and Yasiel Puig's leaky defense made the difference for the Braves on Wednesday night.
Donaldson homers twice, Braves rout Indians 11-5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson found his power stroke at Progressive Field.
A few months too late for the Cleveland Indians, though.
Arizona Diamondbacks (9-9, third in the NL West) vs. Atlanta Braves (9-8, third in the NL East)
Atlanta; Thursday, 12 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Braves are 7-5 on their home turf....
DeGrom struggles as Mets lose 7-3 to Braves
ATLANTA (AP) — Jacob deGrom is giving up home runs and struggling with his control at the moment.
Even the ace right-hander isn't exactly sure what's going on.
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...
Alfaro, Marlins snap Braves’ 4-game winning streak
ATLANTA (AP) — Jorge Alfaro's first multihomer game gave the Miami Marlins just the lift they needed to snap a four-game losing streak.
"I just try to stay to the middle of the field and...
National League East capsules
Capsules of National League East teams, listed in order of finish last year:
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman believes the Phillies, Nationals and Mets made so many moves this offseason because they wanted to catch up to the 2018 NL East champion Braves.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Josh Donaldson plans to play in his first spring training game for the Atlanta Braves on Friday night against Philadelphia.
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...
Rockies’ Arenado: State of free-agent market is ‘sad’
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The sluggish free-agent market the last two years has not scared Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, who could be among the most prized players after this...
At 33, Braves’ Donaldson trying to prove he can stay healthy
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Finding a job was pretty easy for Josh Donaldson. Proving he can keep it will be the tough part.
The former AL MVP didn't have to wait long for a new...
Braves open spring training as confident NL East champions
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta Braves pitchers and catchers had their first organized workout Saturday, officially ending a relatively quiet winter for the team that won the NL East.
It may have been a little too quiet for some critics, considering the aggressive roster moves made by their division rivals. But All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman begs to differ.
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 INF Rio Ruiz claimed off waivers by Orioles
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves infielder Rio Ruiz has been claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles.
The 24-year-old Ruiz played sparingly with the Braves the last three seasons and had little future with the team after the emergence of Johan Camargo and the signing of free agent Josh Donaldson.
Ruiz played a total of 72 games with Atlanta, hitting .189 with four homers and 21 RBIs. He spent most of 2018 with Triple-A Gwinnett, where he batted .269 with nine homers and 72 RBIs.
As winter meetings arrive, a look at the top MLB free agents
Paul Goldschmidt and Robinson Cano have already switched teams this offseason, going to the Cardinals and Mets in major trades.
As for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper — the jewels of the free agent market — they're still waiting.
Patrick Corbin and Josh Donaldson are already signed, but there are plenty of significant free agents still available heading into the winter meetings this week. The market appears less sluggish than a year ago, and Machado and Harper will remain focal points.
Donaldson, Braves reach a deal that works well for both
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Donaldson needed the Braves.
The Braves needed Josh Donaldson.
Call this one a perfect match.
The slugging third baseman was officially introduced to Atlanta on Tuesday, joining the team he cheered for as a youngster. Donaldson agreed to a $23 million, one-year deal that provides the sort of flexibility both sides wanted.
Braves make free agent splash with Donaldson, McCann
ATLANTA (AP) — Brian McCann slipped on the No. 16 jersey he wore for so many years.
"It feels right," he said, over and over again.
Looking to improve on their first division title in five years, the Atlanta Braves agreed to one-year contracts with McCann and former AL MVP Josh Donaldson — a pair of low-risk moves that give the team a chance to make another postseason run while not hindering the long-term development of all those talented young players.
Talk of rule changes, Harper, Machado dominate offseason
NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series was baseball 2018 in a microcosm.
Half the 44 runs scored by the champion Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers came across the plate on home runs. That's the second-highest percentage in baseball history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, behind only last year's 57.4 percent.
Deep dig: Indians face familiar 2-0 hole in ALDS vs. Astros
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians are very familiar with the postseason hole they're currently stuck in. They saw one just like it last October — from above.
A capsule look at the Indians-Astros playoff series
A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Houston, 2:05 p.m.; Game 2, Saturday, at Houston, 4:37 p.m.; Game 3, Monday, Oct. 8, at Cleveland, 1:30 p.m.; x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cleveland, 4:35 p.m.; x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 11, at Houston, 4:07 p.m. (All games on TBS).
Donaldson powers 10-run inning, Indians beat Royals 14-6
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This is the Josh Donaldson the Cleveland Indians were hoping for after rolling the dice in an Aug. 31 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Donaldson, a former AL MVP, hit a grand slam and double during a 10-run seventh inning, powering the Indians past the Kansas City Royals 14-6 Friday night.
With the win, the AL Central champion Indians improved to 90-70, marking the third time in team history they've won at least 90 games in three straight seasons.
Donaldson hitless in Indians debut, 2-0 win over Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion are back together again and got a chance to celebrate a home run like old times in Toronto.
Donaldson went hitless in his Cleveland debut, Encarnacion reached 30 homers for the seventh straight season and the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Donaldson was on-deck when Encarnacion went deep and the pair exchanged a high-five afterward.
Donaldson activated by Indians, who will skip Kluber’s turn
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Josh Donaldson was activated from the disabled by AL Central-leading Cleveland and set to make his Indians debut Tuesday night at Tampa Bay.
Cleveland also said 18-game winner Corey Kluber will not start this weekend, allowing him to get extra days off and to line him up for the postseason.
Donaldson was acquired from Toronto on Aug. 31. The 2015 AL MVP had not played in the major leagues since May 28 because of a left calf strain.
LEADING OFF: MLB remembers 9/11; Donaldson, Sale return
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Major League Baseball will hold a moment of silence before all games to honor the victims and first responders of 9/11. Players, coaches and umpires will wear caps with a "We Shall Not Forget" ribbon patch.
AL Central-leading Indians get Miller back, Donaldson next
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians got star reliever Andrew Miller back Monday and plan to put former AL MVP third baseman Josh Donaldson in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Miller has been out since late August with a left shoulder injury, the latest setback in a rough season for the two-time All-Star. Miller has a 3.38 ERA in 24 innings, though he pitched better in August before his shoulder flared up.
The Indians made the move before playing at Tampa Bay.
Indians’ Kipnis on move to outfield: ‘I’ve got a job to do’
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis has been in this position before. That's the positive.
That doesn't mean he's happy about it.
Kipnis took fly balls in center field on Tuesday as he transitioned from playing second base after the Indians acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson in a trade last week from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Indians newcomer Donaldson goes on DL, hits slam at Triple-A
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a grand slam in Triple-A on Monday, soon after the Cleveland Indians put the new arrival on the disabled list to give him more time to rehab a calf injury in the minor leagues.
Donaldson connected for Columbus. He walked and lined out before homering against Toledo.
Indians’ Donaldson thinks he’s close to being able to play
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians knew what they were getting when they traded for Josh Donaldson — a former MVP who could help them reach the World Series. They just don't know when they'll be getting him on the field.
Donaldson doesn't, either, but he said Sunday he's close to being healthy enough to return. Acquired late Friday in a trade with Toronto, he has played in only 36 games because of shoulder and calf issues.
Donaldson’s late arrival causing Indians’ infield shift
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson experienced flight issues from Florida on his first official day as a member of the Indians.
His on-field arrival may be delayed as well.
The 2015 AL MVP did not get to Progressive Field until just before the start of the game Saturday night, a day after Cleveland acquired the free-swinging third baseman in a trade with Toronto — a deal the AL Central leaders hope propels them to the World Series.