Atlanta Braves

Gonzalez to mix and match relievers
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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez hopes to have Jason Grilli, who is coming back from an Achilles injury he suffered last July, available out of the bullpen when the regular season opens.

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Norris builds up pitch count, shrugs off results
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The Braves signed right-hander Bud Norris as a free agent over the offseason, counting on him to rebound from a disappointing 2015 and solidify their rotation as the No. 2 starter.

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Swanson picks up RBI, shows off range
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J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run and James McCann crushed a grand slam in support of four scoreless innings from Justin Verlander, sending the Tigers to a 10-6 win over the Braves on Tuesday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.

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Teheran rolls; Markakis, Freeman record RBIs
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Julio Teheran and Chris Archer took another step toward their respective Opening Day starts on Monday afternoon at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex. Unfortunately for Archer, Teheran provided no room for the Rays to overcome costly early miscues that helped the Braves in a 5-0 win.

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Braves send Withrow, Marksberry to Minors
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The Braves provided a clearer picture of their potential Opening Day bullpen when they made the surprising decision to option Chris Withrow to Triple-A Gwinnett.

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Garcia goes deep, Aybar has three hits vs. Astros
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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the fourth inning off relief pitcher Rob Wooten to highlight a six-run outburst that sent the Astros to a 7-6 win over the Braves on Sunday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.

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Grilli, Braves gear up for NCAA tourney
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Braves reliever Jason Grilli is looking forward to watching a resurgent Seton Hall program carry the momentum of a Big East title into their first NCAA tourney appearance since 2006.

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Freeman confident after testing wrist, hand
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Two days after causing the Braves to fear for the worst, Freddie Freeman returned to action and in the process took advantage of an opportunity to further alleviate any lingering concerns he has about the durability of his previously-injured right wrist.

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Chacin making strong bid for Braves' rotation
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Instead of focusing on the frustration Jhoulys Chacin felt as he dealt with the long-standing effects of a shoulder ailment while pitching for two different organizations at the Triple-A level last year, the Braves instead gambled on the possibility that the veteran pitcher could build off of what he showed while pitching this past winter […]

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Initial worries gone as Freeman's wrist OK
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After creating a scare when he made an early exit from Friday’s game against the Phillies, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman provided an immediate sense of relief on Saturday when he said, “It’s not my wrist” and informed reporters that he will play again on Sunday.

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Banuelos draws positives from start vs. Nats
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Michael Taylor had three hits and scored a pair of runs and Clint Robinson crushed a two-run homer as the Nationals defeated the Braves, 11-1, Saturday night at Champion Stadium.

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Braves trim pitchers from spring camp
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The Braves made a plethora of roster moves prior to Saturday night’s game against the Nationals. Five players were optioned, seven re-assigned and two released as Atlanta trimmed its spring roster by 14 players.

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