May 29, 2013 |
FOR ATLANTA manager Fredi Gonzalez, there's a lot to like about filling out the lineup card in American League ballparks. Brian McCann hit two home runs, including a solo shot in the 10th inning that lifted the Braves over the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-6, on Tuesday. Freddie Freeman had three hits in the cleanup spot, rookie catcher Evan Gattis homered in the fifth spot and McCann, who started at designated hitter, went deep twice batting in the sixth spot. "That's a pretty big three right there," Gonzalez said.
July 1, 2014 |
The Atlanta Braves are a team that rarely rebuilds, with the ability to incorporate young players and veterans and keep moving on the competitive path. The Phillies, meanwhile, appear to be stuck between a fading past and a not-so-bright future. After the Braves swept four games from them with Sunday's 3-2 win at Citizens Bank Park, the distance between the teams is growing. And it's not just in the standings, where the Braves lead Washington by a half-game and the Phillies by eight in the National League East.
October 2, 2011 |
A week ago, Williamstown had one of the biggest wins in its football history. On Friday, the Braves settled for a defining victory, one that showed the program's staying power. Instead of suffering a letdown, the Braves never let up in a 41-17 win over visiting Moorestown in an interdivisional West Jersey Football League game. What this showed is that the Braves are not only talented enough to produce dramatic wins, but that the program can move on. And, of course, continue winning.
March 22, 2014
Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow for the second time Friday and is expected to miss the entire season. The Braves said Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Neal ElAttrache will operate in Los Angeles. Beachy's ulnar collateral ligament was reconstructed by James Andrews on June 21, 2012. Braves pitcher Kris Medlen had a right elbow ligament replaced by Andrews for the second time Tuesday. Chapman has surgery Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery to repair a broken bone above his left eye, but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive Wednesday in a spring training game.
November 30, 2012 |
ATLANTA - Jason Heyward was in the audience as B.J. Upton was introduced Thursday as Atlanta's new centerfielder. That made manager Fredi Gonzalez smile as he realized he didn't have to worry so much about finding the third starter in his outfield. "Shoot, we may not even need a leftfielder," Gonzalez said. "With him playing center and Jason, who just won a Gold Glove, in right, it's going to be fun watching these guys cover some ground in the outfield. " Upton was given a No. 2 Braves jersey after finalizing a $75.25 million, five-year contract - the biggest ever given a free agent by the franchise.
December 9, 2012 |
It took Williamstown a little time to get started, but after going scoreless in the first quarter, the Braves reverted to the form that has made them the No. 1 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings. With junior Marques Little making big plays on both sides of the ball in the second quarter, Williamstown earned a 43-20 win over Southern Regional on Friday night in the South Jersey Group 5 championship game before an overflow crowd at Rowan University. Williamstown completed its season at 12-0 and won its first sectional title since the start of NJSIAA football playoffs in 1974.
October 19, 1996 |
Braves catcher Javier Lopez acknowledges there was a time during the National League Championship Series when, deep down, he didn't think his team would be in New York getting ready to take on the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series tonight. "There was one point, after we lost [Game 3] to St. Louis, that I thought we were going to lose," the NLCS's Most Valuable Player said. "Because the breaks just didn't seem to be going our way. " The Braves will find out soon enough if they'll get an early break in their World Series matchup against the Bronx Bombers.
April 16, 2014 |
THE TEMPTATION in these April games is to zoom out a little too much. After a winter without baseball and a month of the Grapefruit League, you can't help but bury yourselves neck-deep in the entrails of each game in a desperate search for some kind of deeper understanding. Who are the Braves? Who are the Phillies? What does all of this mean? Oftentimes, it means nothing. Take last night, when the Braves and Phillies took turns bashing to smithereens whatever narrative you were developing at the moment.
January 25, 2013 |
THE PHILLIES were in need of a righthanded power bat for the corner outfield, and early in the offseason they made an offer to free-agent centerfielder B.J. Upton. So, it wasn't too much of a leap to think that at some point Ruben Amaro Jr. kicked around the idea of trading for Diamondbacks star rightfielder Justin Upton, B.J.'s brother and, as of Thursday, the latest plotline in what is shaping up to be an ultra-competitive National League race. Turns out, the Phillies did look into Justin Upton, talking to D-backs general manager Kevin Towers on more than one occasion about a potential trade.
January 15, 2015 |
YOU CAN cross one reclamation project off the list of potential Phillies starters this season. According to multiple reports, veteran lefthander Wandy Rodriguez has agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves after a similar one with the Phillies was scuttled due to a failed physical. Rodriguez, once one of the most consistent starters in the National League, has battled injuries in recent years, including a forearm strain that limited him to 12 starts in 2013 and a knee injury that preceded his being designated for assignment 2 months into last season.