May 23, 2010
1. Domonic Brown 2. Aroldis Chapman 3. Jason Heyward 4. Stephen Strasburg
May 15, 2011
ATLANTA - Before Saturday's game, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, John Mayberry Jr., Ben Francisco, and Jason Heyward posed for photographs. The five African American players from both teams were wearing Negro League uniforms from the Philadelphia Stars and Atlanta Black Crackers. The baggy uniforms required everyone to cuff their pants high. On Sunday, both teams will wear throwbacks from 1974. Manuel is hoping for better luck. "They're terrible," Manuel jokingly said of Saturday's threads.
March 16, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Remember that famous optical illusion? The one that looks like an old woman or a young woman? Google it. Stare at it. Picture it in your mind. Got it? Good. Now, do the same thing with the Braves' roster. Because with 3 weeks to go before Opening Day, it is impossible to form a definitive opinion on what to expect out of the Phillies' most recent National League East rivals. Do you see a team that has entered the last two Septembers in position for a playoff berth?
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.
August 6, 2011 |
Tim Hudson was very impressed with his speedy new teammate, George Costanza. Er, make that Jose Constanza. Kid about "Seinfeld" now. The way this rookie is playing soon no one is going to get his name wrong. Constanza had an RBI triple and made two outstanding catches in the outfield to back Hudson, Dan Uggla extended his career-best hitting streak to 26 games with a two-run single in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the host New York Mets, 4-1, last night. "Costanza, Georgie, came in, he's doing well . . . that's his name right?"
April 13, 2011 |
The Braves did it all. Pitched well. Went deep. Manufactured runs. Played some brilliant defense. Tommy Hanson pitched four-hit ball over seven innings for his first win, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann homered, and Chipper Jones drove in two runs to lead Atlanta Braves past visiting Florida, 5-0, last night. Hanson (1-2) finally got a few runs to work with and the Braves turned in several nifty defensive plays, two of them diving stops by shortstop Alex Gonzalez. "We did a little bit of everything," Jones said.
April 16, 2012 |
CHIPPER JONES wants to relish the highlights in his final season. His first home game earned a special place on that list. Jones hit a three-run homer in his return after missing two games, Brandon Beachy pitched seven strong innings and the surging Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-4, on Sunday for a three-game sweep. Jason Heyward also homered for the Braves, who have won five straight after losing their first four games. Beachy gave up three hits and one unearned run in seven innings.
September 20, 2011 |
THE SLIDING Atlanta Braves stumbled again last night, losing 6-5 to the Florida Marlins on Omar Infante's game-ending two-run homer. Atlanta now has dropped three of four, and its NL wild-card lead is down to 2 1/2 games over surging St. Louis. The Braves have eight games remaining, the Cardinals nine. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel came in to preserve Atlanta's 5-4 lead and retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth. But Emilio Bonifacio then hit a chopper to third baseman Chipper Jones, who could not field the infield hit. Infante then drove a 1-0 pitch to deep left for his first game-ending homer.
May 12, 2011 |
The Nationals are showing some resiliency at the end of a road trip. Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the 11th inning, Jayson Werth followed with a two-run homer and Washington beat Atlanta, 7-3, last night. After losing three straight at Citizens Bank Park to open a nine-game road trip, the Nationals (18-18) have climbed back to .500 overall by winning four of five, including the first two games of the three-game series with the Braves. The win in the 11th was set up by a two-run rally after the Braves led 3-1 in the ninth.
June 17, 2011 |
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez didn't even see the balk that gave Atlanta its latest extra-innings win. Everyone else did. With a runner on third and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco stopped and then restarted his motion with Jason Heyward at the plate, bringing home the winning run to give the host Braves a 9-8 win last night. "The next thing I know Heyward's hands are in the air without a bat," Gonzalez said. "I said, 'What's going on?