Ervin Santana

Atlanta Braves 2014 Preview

Free agent losses, injuries could prevent Braves from repeating in NL East
The Braves, who lost their 2013 NLDS to the Dodgers, still have not won a playoff series since 2001. And a couple of ill-timed injuries to pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy have tempered their 2014 hopes somewhat. But the Braves’ talented core group should keep providing postseason chances in the foreseeable future.

The Braves, who reeled off 14 consecutive division titles starting in 1991, captured their first since 2005 by going 96–66 to outlast the favored Nationals. They did it despite awful seasons from B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla. Those players can’t be any worse — can they?

Ervin Santana Tosses No-hitter

Santana pitches the third no-hitter of the season, the ninth in Angels history
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Ervin Santana tossed a no-hitter Wednesday afternoon against the Clevelnd Indians, beating the Tribe, 3-1. Santana is the kind of pitcher who can shut down a lineup with electric stuff and the endurance to get through nine innings. He just doesn’t do it consistently. But when he’s on, he’s tough to hit. The Indians’ lone run came in the first inning after leadoff batter Ezequiel Carrera reached on an error by shortstop Erick Aybar, stole second went to third on a fielder’s choice before scoring on a Santana wild pitch.