April 29, 2013
When Jimmy Johnson ran his first few NFL drafts, he used his institutional knowledge of the college game to select the building blocks for Cowboys teams that eventually won back-to-back Super Bowls. The league has changed significantly in the 25-plus years since Johnson made the jump to the NFL, and Chip Kelly is a long way from being mentioned in the same breath. But there are parallels between how the new Eagles coach and former Dallas coach approached their first drafts. Heading into the process, Kelly said he did not do any research on how successful college-to-NFL coaches such as Johnson approached the draft.
April 19, 2013 |
DAN UGGLA flipped his bat to the ground. Then his helmet. Then both batting gloves. The game was over. So was Atlanta's winning streak. It was that kind of day for the Braves. Wade Davis pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Jeff Francoeur had a fourth-inning RBI single and the visiting Kansas City Royals stopped Atlanta's 10-game spurt with a 1-0 victory Wednesday. "We feel like we can win every one of them," said Uggla, who was called out on strikes for the final out. "We'll just have to come back tomorrow and start another streak.
April 15, 2013 |
FORGET ABOUT last year. This season, the Atlanta Braves are looking very much like the team to beat in the NL East. Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons homered, and the visiting Braves cruised to their ninth straight victory Sunday, beating Washington, 9-0, to complete a three-game sweep of the defending division champion Nationals. Chris Johnson had four hits and two RBI for the Braves, who received a sparkling pitching performance from Paul Maholm. After forging two-run victories on Friday and Saturday, Atlanta took a 7-0 lead in the third inning against Gio Gonzalez (1-1)
May 4, 2012 |
RIGHTHANDER Jered Weaver threw his first no-hitter as the Angels pounded the Minnesota Twins, 9-0, Wednesday night. The only two baserunners for the Twins were Chris Parmelee in the second inning when he struck out and ended up on first on a passed ball by catcher Chris Iannetta and a seventh-inning walk to Josh Willingham on a 3-and-2 count. The Angels collected a season-high 15 hits. Howie Kendrick went 4-for-4 with a three-run home run. Weaver (4-0) struck out eight and walked just nine on his way to the near-perfect game.
May 31, 2011 |
Kyle Phillips doesn't know how long he will have to impress San Diego manager Bud Black. Phillips did a good job of it yesterday in Atlanta. The rookie catcher broke a 2-all tie in the 10th inning with a pinch-hit homer and the Padres held off the Braves, 3-2, for their third straight win. "It's a huge deal," said Phillips, who has a .167 average in 30 at-bats. He is on the 25-man roster as Rob Johnson's backup while Nick Hundley recovers from a strained muscle in his right side.
May 25, 2011 |
Charlie Morton remembers watching Jair Jurrjens pitch while the two were teammates in Atlanta and marveling at Jurr-jens' stuff. "He was just dealing when I was there and I was just getting by," Morton said with a laugh. A few years later, Jurrjens still has the upper hand. The 25-year-old righthander continued his sparkling spring, pitching six-hit ball into the eighth inning to lead the visiting Braves to a 2-0 win over Morton and the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. Jurrjens (6-1)
April 29, 2010 |
John Maine stood on the mound with wrappers and napkins swirling around him in the chilly, 26 mph wind and decided to have some fun. Why not? The Mets were on a roll and a win would give them their best homestand in more than 20 years. Using mostly fastballs for the first time this season, Maine returned from an odd injury and pitched into the seventh inning, leading the New York Mets over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3, yesterday for their seventh straight victory. "The wind, the coldness, you can't do anything about it you just got to go out there and enjoy it," Maine said.
January 13, 2010 |
With spring training just over a month away, most teams are putting the finishing touches on a busy off-season. In the NL East, the goal is to close the gap on the three-time defending champion Phillies. Perhaps the busiest team in the division has been Atlanta. The Braves, despite trading away their ace pitcher to the Yankees, will try to build around what has the potential to be one of the finest starting rotations in the majors. Atlanta has a relatively young core of players and added a handful of veterans during the off-season.
July 24, 2009 |
Ad man's dream Love him, hate him or don't care about him, you have to give Manny Ramirez credit. The guy with the beat-up batting helmet and baggy pants knows how to write a headline. Expected to sit out Wednesday night - his own bobblehead night! - against the visiting Reds because of a sore left hand, Manny got the call to pinch-hit in the sixth inning. And all he could muster was a tiebreaking grand slammer that landed in Mannywood, the short left-field corner of Dodger Stadium named after MR. The grand slam, No. 21 for Manny, gave L.A. a 6-2 victory and left him two shy of Lou Gehrig's record.
June 12, 2009 |
The Colorado Rockies are learning to love life on the road under new manager Jim Tracy. Aaron Cook pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and closer Huston Street shook off a ninth-inning home run by Ryan Braun to earn his fourth save in as many games, lifting the Rockies to a 5-4 victory and three-game sweep at Milwaukee yesterday. That's eight straight wins, all on the road, for the Rockies, who completed a four-game sweep of St. Louis earlier this week - shredding two of the NL Central's best over 7 days.