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Braves set up fan with Freeman ball, party

Braves set up fan with Freeman ball, party

A young boy who had a baseball taken away from him by a security guard at SunTrust Park on Wednesday has received a Freddie Freeman autographed baseball and an invitation to celebrate his birthday at a Braves’ home game in June.

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Big series has Ruiz primed for extended stay

Big series has Ruiz primed for extended stay

Rio Ruiz was distraught last week when the Braves opted not to promote him from Triple-A Gwinnett after Adonis Garcia was placed on the disabled list. But when Freddie Freeman fractured his left wrist the next day, Ruiz was given an opportunity that has positioned him to remain Atlanta’s primary third baseman even after Garcia is activated.

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Garcia gets call for opener in San Francisco

Garcia gets call for opener in San Francisco

Coming off a road series against the reigning World Series champion Cubs, the Giants return to AT&T Park looking to continue their recent home success against the Braves, as Matt Cain and Jaime Garcia will square off in Friday’s opener.

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Colon struggles as Braves drop finale to Bucs

Colon struggles as Braves drop finale to Bucs

After languishing through Gerrit Cole’s worst start of the season and the long rain delay that added to the frustration of Tuesday night’s loss, the Pirates righted themselves with a ninth-inning comeback on Wednesday and then capped their four-day stay in Atlanta with Thursday’s 9-4 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

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Pittsburgh Pirates > Josh Collmenter’s Tomahawks

Pittsburgh Pirates > Josh Collmenter’s Tomahawks

Interesting game. Julio Teheran, overall, made some adjustments to his control and saw a strong outing: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K’s. An error by Jace Peterson, filling in at short, led to an inning continuing and a 3 run homer (all runs were considered unearned). But considering the Jekyll and Hyde routine that JT had been under between his home and road starts, a strong start at home is encouraging.

The good thing about this season is that any modest deficit is not insurmountable. Down 3-0, the Braves scored 4 runs in the 6th on 5 hits to take the lead. For the day, Ender Inciarte, Brandon Phillips, Matt Kemp, and Rio Ruiz all had 2 hits, and they had a total of 12 hits and no home runs. This team can score runs without hitting the long ball, and that’s also encouraging.

But after throwing the equivalent of two straight no-hitters (54 batters retired without giving up a hit), the bullpen unit ran out of luck. Jason Motte, Ian Krol, and Luke Jackson bridged the gap to the ninth, but Jose Ramirez, filling in for Jim Johnson and/or Arodys Vizcaino, gave up 2 runs to blow the save. Josh Collmenter, in the worst relief outing since the infamous John Smoltz debacle at Shea Stadium, gave up 7 runs in 1 inning, including back-to-back-to-back home runs.

For his troubles, Josh Collmenter was DFA’ed and Matt Wisler was re-called. Collmenter had 3 starts last year and looked mostly good, and he also had a good April where he averaged almost 2 innings per outing. But in May, he was pretty much a one-inning guy, and he absolutely imploded. Unfortunate.



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Colon set to start matinee finale vs. Pirates

Colon set to start matinee finale vs. Pirates

The Pirates and Braves are trending in different directions, as they match up for the final time in a Thursday afternoon matinee at SunTrust Park. The Braves look to conclude their first winning homestand in auspicious fashion, while the Pirates are looking to salvage another tough road trip.

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Teheran strong, but Braves lose lead, fall in 10

Teheran strong, but Braves lose lead, fall in 10

A little less than 24 hours after blowing a ninth-inning lead, the Pirates staged a ninth-inning rally against a thin Braves bullpen, then added seven more runs in the 10th inning to cruise to a 12-5 win on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.

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Thin bullpen hurts Braves in 10-inning contest

Thin bullpen hurts Braves in 10-inning contest

Braves manager Brian Snitker would have certainly liked to use Arodys Vizcaino or Jim Johnson to protect his team’s two-run lead in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s 12-5 loss to the Pirates at SunTrust Park.

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Braves bond over Mario Kart during rain delay

Braves bond over Mario Kart during rain delay

As they waited through a three-hour, 12-minute rain delay during Tuesday night’s win over the Pirates, several Braves players passed the time by competing in an intense Mario Kart Racing tournament within SunTrust Park’s spacious home clubhouse.

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