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Braves P Vizcaino suspended 80 games

By The Sports Network, 1 month 3 weeks ago
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino received an 80-game suspension Thursday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. Vizcaino, rated the No. 13 overall prospect in the Braves' system by MLB.com, was reacquired by Atlanta from the Chicago Cubs in November in exchange for infielder Tommy La Stella. The 24-year-old...

2015 PREVIEW NL EAST: It's the Nationals and everybody else

By The Sports Network, 1 month 3 weeks ago
There isn't much after that. The Miami Marlins are loaded up for a playoff push -- likely through a wild card spot -- and the New York Mets are up-and- coming but still raw. The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, former powerhouses of the division, are going through rebuilds and won't contend anytime soon. ATLANTA BRAVES - (2014 record: 79-83, Tied for Second in NL East) In just...

Braves release James Russell

By The Sports Network, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves have released pitcher James Russell. Russell was acquired by Atlanta last July in a trade deadline deal with the Chicago Cubs and pitched to a 2.22 ERA in 22 games for the Braves. He struggled this spring training, however, allowing 10 runs -- nine earned -- on 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old lefty has a career...

Veteran catcher John Buck calls it a career

By The Sports Network, 1 month 4 weeks ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran John Buck announced his retirement Thursday. Buck, an All-Star with Toronto in 2010, was in spring training camp with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves said Buck wanted to spend more time with his family. The 34-year-old journeyman played for seven teams in 11 big league seasons, finishing his career with 134 home runs, 491 RBI and a .234...

Recap: Atlanta vs. Houston

By The Sports Network, 2 months 1 week ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrelton Simmons homered among his three hits and drove in three runs to power the Atlanta Braves to a 6-5 spring training win over the Houston Astros on Saturday. Christian Bethancourt knocked in three runs, while starter Wandy Rodriguez tossed four scoreless innings for the win. Colby Rasmus and Brett Phillips each homered and Jose Altuve,...

Atlanta Braves 2015 Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 2 months 2 weeks ago
John Hart has tried his best to convince Braves fans that the team wasn’t simply rebuilding for the opening of the new stadium in 2017. The newly named president of baseball operations tried to argue that the Braves would be “very competitive” in 2015, but after trading Justin Upton and Evan Gattis in separate deals that netted the team seven prospects, his actions seem to...

Recap: Atlanta vs. NY Mets

By The Sports Network, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kirk Nieuwenheis went 4-for-4 to help the New York Mets win their spring opener by an 8-2 score over the Atlanta Braves. The Mets broke the game open on Johnny Monell's three-run home run off veteran Jose Veras in a five-run sixth inning. A pair of newcomers helped the Braves scored both of their runs in the first inning against Mets starter...

Braves' Upton out 6-to-8 weeks

By The Sports Network, 2 months 3 weeks ago
Lake Buena Vista, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Atlanta Braves center fielder Melvin Upton will miss the beginning of the 2015 season after being diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his left foot. The Braves announced Friday that Upton will have his foot placed in a cast for two weeks before wearing a walking boot for a period of 4-to-6 weeks. The 30- year-old is slated to resume baseball activities...

Ranking the Best and Worst MLB Logos in 2015

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 7 hours ago
Brand equity. Brand awareness. Brand image. These are all economic terms that overlap, exist in a nebulous world and don’t directly impact the bean counters.  As the media world has grown over the last half century, so has the understanding of concepts like advertising, marketing and, of course, branding. So things like tag lines — “I’m loving it” or...

Braves sign OF Young Jr. to minor league deal

By The Sports Network, 3 months 1 week ago
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves have signed outfielder Eric Young Jr. to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 29-year-old Young stole 30 bases in a part-time role last year with the New York Mets, but he batted just .229 with a .299 on-base percentage. In 2013 with the Mets, Young gained some notoriety in Atlanta when he accidentally...