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3/26/2015 | Fredi effusive in praise of retiring catcher Buck

John Buck never established himself as a strong candidate to become a part of Atlanta's Opening Day roster. But before opting to announce his retirement Thursday, the highly respected veteran catcher spent the past month making a strong impression on the Braves' coaching staff.


3/26/2015 | C. Johnson, Gomes go deep as Braves best Bucs

The Braves jumped out to a big lead in the first inning and beat the Pirates, 7-5, on Thursday afternoon at McKechnie Field. Atlanta began the game with four straight singles off Pittsburgh starter Vance Worley and Chris Johnson capped off the rally with a two-run homer. In the ninth, Jonny Gomes hit a tiebreaking solo shot.


3/26/2015 | Fredi unlikely to implement strict platoon in left or at third

Though there will be some days when left fielder Jonny Gomes and third baseman Chris Johnson will not play against select right-handed starters, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has maintained that he does not see the need to employ a strict platoon at either of those positions.


3/26/2015 | Despite shaky outing, Wandy remains in rotation mix

After spending most of the month exceeding expectations, Wandy Rodriguez took the mound at McKechnie Field on Thursday afternoon and provided reason to wonder what he might be capable of providing once the season begins.


3/26/2015 | Bench spots yet to be determined as season draws near

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has a pretty good feel for how his Opening Day lineup will look and who will serve as his starting pitchers for the first three games of the season. But over the next week, he will have to determine exactly how he wants to round out his bench.


3/26/2015 | Veteran catcher Buck announces retirement

Veteran catcher John Buck, who was in Spring Training camp with the Braves, announced his retirement Thursday in order to spend more time with his family.


3/24/2015 | Foltynewicz rattled by Phils, but still in rotation mix

Though the Braves entered Spring Training hoping Mike Foltynewicz would begin the season in the rotation, they have been prepared for the possibility that this immensely talented arm would need more seasoning at the Minor League level.


3/24/2015 | Fredi confident Markakis will be ready for opener

After getting a chance to watch Nick Markakis collect some plate appearances and reintroduce himself to game action the past two days, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez seems to be even more confident that the veteran outfielder will be ready for Opening Day.


3/24/2015 | Utility man injures left hand on unassisted double play

Joey Terdoslavich has positioned himself for a potential spot on the Opening Day roster. But his candidacy has been weakened, as he's struggled at the plate recently and missed the past three games because of a left hand injury he sustained while completing a unique unassisted double play.


3/24/2015 | Folty gives up two homers in rotation audition

Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf damaged Mike Foltynewicz's rotation bid with back-to-back third-inning home runs, and Brian Bogusevic delivered a decisive eighth-inning sacrifice fly for the Phillies in Tuesday afternoon's 5-3 win over the Braves at Champion Stadium.


3/24/2015 | With improved range of motion, Minor resumes throwing

Now that Mike Minor has spent the past couple of weeks completing the stretching exercises prescribed by Dr. James Andrews, he is hopeful that his left shoulder will be more cooperative than it was over the past year.


3/23/2015 | Minor's lingering injury opens door in rotation

While the Braves fill the final two spots of the rotation, they are hoping Mike Minor eventually proves healthy enough to become a permanent part of the group.


3/23/2015 | 10 MLB players, one fantasy mock draft

Here at MLB.com, we have plenty of fantasy baseball expertise. But no one can dispute that the Major League players whom we analyze have their own level of knowledge. Knowing this, we decided to solicit advice from them about how to build the perfect fantasy team. The result is the first ever -- that we know of -- players-only fantasy mock draft.


3/23/2015 | Markakis gets comfortable quickly in spring debut

Nick Markakis has said it would not take him long to get comfortable at the plate, and he was right with two hits, including a double, in his spring debut on Monday vs. the Astros.


3/23/2015 | Braves still working to figure out Toscano's visa issues

The Braves did not expect Dian Toscano to open the season with the big league club, but were hoping to get a glimpse of the Cuban outfielder during Spring Training, and that may not happen.


3/23/2015 | Schlehuber among 3 reassigned to Minors camp

Braeden Schlehuber showed he was among the more talented catchers in the Braves' system, but was among three players reassigned to Minor League camp on Monday.


3/23/2015 | Simmons leads offensive surge in Markakis' debut

Andrelton Simmons led an offensive surge with four RBIs, and Nick Markakis went 2-for-3 with a double in his spring debut to lead the Braves to a win over the Astros.


3/22/2015 | Spring growth: Miller exhibiting talent, elite potential

Shelby Miller took another step Sunday toward making his inauspicious Braves debut from two weeks ago even more of a distant memory.


3/22/2015 | Shelby sets tone; Gomes, Ciriaco pace offense

Braves right-hander Shelby Miller turned in a third consecutive impressive outing on Sunday, and after a Tigers split squad -- featuring the debut of slugger Victor Martinez -- rallied late to tie, Pedro Ciriaco's two-run single off Josh Zeid in the eighth lifted Atlanta to a 5-3 victory.


3/22/2015 | Johnson taking veteran approach in stating spring case

Veteran utility man Kelly Johnson has been around long enough to understand the intricacies of Spring Training. While the stats and team records may not matter in the grand scheme of things, the reality is what happens in these games can matter a lot more for some players than others.


3/22/2015 | Markakis to make spring debut today

Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is expected to take a major step in his rehab process on Monday by making his spring debut in a game against the Astros.


3/21/2015 | Minors camp offers arms chance to build strength

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez does not necessarily like having his veteran hurlers pitch in Minor League Spring Training games. But with Opening Day quickly approaching, he is running out of time to evaluate some of the candidates for rotation and bullpen spots.


3/21/2015 | Heyward faces Braves for first time since trade

When the Cardinals acquired outfielder Jason Heyward from the Braves, it was one of the more surprising trades of the winter. The 25-year-old outfielder, after all, had long been considered one of Atlanta's cornerstones. On Saturday, the inevitable moment finally arrived: Heyward faced his former team for the first time.


3/21/2015 | Wang impresses for Braves in pitchers' duel

The clear storyline for the Cardinals was the return of ace right-hander Adam Wainwright, who was making his first start of the spring. But Chien-Ming Wang, who isn't assured a spot on the roster, was just as effective for the Braves.


3/21/2015 | Cunningham, Gomes fuel split-squad win over Nats

Todd Cunningham's RBI single capped the Braves' three-run fourth inning that propelled Atlanta's split squad to a 5-2 victory against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon.




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