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4/20/2015 | Inbox: How much should Braves read into early success?

Should Atlanta fans increase expectations for the 2015 season? Beat reporter Mark Bowman answers that question and more in the latest edition of the Braves' Inbox.


4/20/2015 | McKirahan receives 80-game PED suspension

Braves left-hander Andrew McKirahan received an 80-game suspension on Monday for testing positive for ipamorelin, a performance-enhancing substance whose usage is in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.


4/19/2015 | Miller has repeat success in Toronto, keeps rolling in '15

Shelby Miller pitched six strong innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out six as the Braves claimed a series-clinching, 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday. In his only other start in Toronto, he tossed a complete-game shutout.


4/19/2015 | Freeman embraces Canadian roots while in Toronto

Freddie Freeman's visit to Toronto for the Braves' series against the Blue Jays was a homecoming of sorts. The 25-year-old first baseman isn't Canadian by birth, but he has a deep family connection to America's neighbor to the north.


4/19/2015 | Gomes, Miller lead Braves to series win in Toronto

Right-hander Shelby Miller tossed six strong innings while outfielder Jonny Gomes had a three-run double in the Braves' 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.


4/19/2015 | Mets eye ninth straight win as Braves visit Queens

Trevor Cahill will start Tuesday on the mound opposite Jon Niese as the Braves visit the Mets for a three-game series in New York following an off-day for both teams on Monday. The Mets are looking to extend their league-best winning streak to nine games.


4/18/2015 | Freeman has control of knuckleball vs. Dickey

Whatever his strategy, Freddie Freeman's approach against the Blue Jays' veteran seems to work. He added to his already-impressive history against Dickey on Saturday, launching a two-run homer while drawing a walk in the Braves' 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.


4/18/2015 | Simmons' glove on full display in pair of game-changing plays

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons put his Gold Glove defense on full display in Saturday's 6-5 loss in Toronto, executing a pair of attention-grabbing plays that demonstrated his athleticism and awareness.


4/18/2015 | Miller looks to keep rolling in Toronto finale

Shelby Miller looks to build off two straight solid starts when his Atlanta Braves wrap up a three-game set with Daniel Norris and the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Sunday.


4/18/2015 | Donaldson's walk-off homer caps Blue Jays' comeback over Braves

Josh Donaldson played the hero as the Blue Jays staged a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over the Braves at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon. With the game knotted at 5 in the 10th, Donaldson swatted a homer off Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon over the left-field wall for a walk-off win.


4/18/2015 | Statcast showcases Simmons' ability to anticipate

It's no secret by now that Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has seemingly made a habit out of taking hits away from opposing batters -- specifically Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud. Simmons made an outstanding play on April 10 to rob d'Arnaud of a base hit and, while it may have appeared at the time to be a near-mirror image of a play Simmons made against d'Arnaud last Aug. 27, Statcast shows everyone why this year's version was even better.


4/18/2015 | Like his pal Stairs, Gomes delivers in clutch spot

Jonny Gomes channeled his inner Matt Stairs when he stepped to the plate, letting loose his 10th career pinch-hit home run in the top of the eighth inning of the Braves' 8-7 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.


4/17/2015 | Unable to locate fastball, Teheran allows four HRs

Braves right-hander Julio Teheran allowed a career-high four home runs -- one in each of the first three innings -- in his no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday night. In an 8-7 victory, Teheran couldn't keep the ball in the park from the get-go, allowing a leadoff homer to Devon Travis on his third pitch of the game.


4/17/2015 | Dickey seeks better fate against Wood, Braves

Veteran Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey takes the Rogers Centre mound against the Braves on Saturday afternoon, looking to bounce back from a rough outing.


4/16/2015 | Coppolella: Braves have no interest in trading Peraza

The Braves did not flinch upon learning a Yankees scout was recently sent to watch Jose Peraza,Atlanta's top prospect, play for Triple-A Gwinnett. They viewed this development as something they will need to get used to now that they have a handful of highly regarded prospects within their previously weak Minor League system.


4/16/2015 | Braves riding top of rotation, but need better production

As the Braves have progressed through the early portion of this season, they have shown why optimism surrounded the front end of their starting rotation and why there is reason to remain skeptical about their offensive potential.


4/16/2015 | Sutton to be inducted into Braves Hall of Fame in July

Don Sutton, who earned a spot in Cooperstown after winning 324 games as a pitcher, will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame after more than two decades in the broadcast booth with Atlanta.


4/15/2015 | Maybin on his way to becoming household name

Cameron Maybin has been traded for superstars in two different deals in his career, so he has had the burden of filling big shoes for new teams. He is off to a strong start for the Braves after being dealt for Craig Kimbrel, homering in a 6-2 loss to the Marlins on Jackie Robinson Day.


4/15/2015 | Braves hold panel, show video tribute for JRD

The Braves made sure to do their part on Jackie Robinson Day, holding a special panel discussion for a high school group, then just before the first pitch, showing a video tribute for the crowd of 18,342 that made it to the game for the 12:10 p.m. ET start.


4/15/2015 | Braves head north to begin road trip, face Blue Jays

The Braves and Blue Jays square off in a matchup of Opening Day starters, as Atlanta hands the ball to 24-year-old right-hander Julio Teheran while the Blue Jays start Drew Hutchison on Friday at Rogers Centre.


4/15/2015 | As Majors honor Jackie, Marlins show pop to edge Braves

Adeiny Hechavarria had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Michael Morse added a solo shot as the Marlins topped the Braves, 5-2, Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field on Jackie Robinson Day. Cameron Maybin and Kelly Johnson went deep for Atlanta.


4/15/2015 | MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.


4/15/2015 | Sugar Ray debuts with bullpen-saving effort

Sugar Ray Marimon provided the Braves exactly what they needed Tuesday night, as he completed four solid innings while making his Major League debut during a 8-2 loss to the Marlins at Turner Field.


4/14/2015 | Cahill looks rusty in first start since spring

The Braves are not going to simply give up on Trevor Cahill after just one start. But as the next few weeks elapse, they can only hope that Cahill starts to show some signs that he is indeed capable of regaining his status as a reliable Major League pitcher.


4/14/2015 | Stanton's 4 RBIs help Marlins solve Braves

Giancarlo Stanton drove in four runs and accounted for some of the damage Trevor Cahill incurred during a three-run first inning that propelled the Marlins to a 8-2 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.




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