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Andrelton Simmons slugged his seventh home run of the season, his only hit in five at-bats, as the Braves easily handled the Reds in an 8-0 victory on Thursday.

Simmons ended a scoreless tie in the top of the second with a no-doubt solo home run to left field off of David Holmberg. The shortstop hasn't shown as much power at the plate as he did last season, slashing a meager .249/.296/.348 with 43 RBI.
Aug 21 - 10:50 PM

Julio Teheran earned his 12th win of the season after tossing six shutout innings against the Reds on Thursday.

Though Teheran was only at 87 pitches after six innings, the Braves were already up 8-0 and virtually assured of a victory. The right-hander limited the Reds to four hits, striking out three without issuing a walk. With the strong effort, Teheran was able to lower his ERA back under 3.00 at 2.96. He has a 1.08 WHIP and a 156/41 K/BB ratio as well. Teheran will toe the rubber in Queens against the Mets on Wednesday next.
Aug 21 - 10:41 PM

Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a walk, a two-run single, and a sacrifice fly as the Braves shut out the Reds on Thursday.

Upton knocked in a pair on a third-inning single, and drove in the Braves' eighth and final run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The outfielder is now on a 12-game hitting streak and has brought his slash line back up to .290/.366/.521 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI. He'll surpass his career-high in RBI (88) soon, and has a shot to set a new personal best in home runs (31) as well.
Aug 21 - 10:37 PM

Alex Wood took a no-decision, allowing two runs in seven innings in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

Wood continues to perform well as a starter, as Wednesday's start gives him a 2.71 ERA in 11 starts since rejoining the Braves' rotation on June 25. Against the Pirates, he gave up four hits and a walk while striking out four. Wood will take a 3.05 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 124/37 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's road start against the Mets.
Aug 20 - 10:11 PM

Braves signed RHP Joe Gardner to a minor league contract.

Gardner was recently released from the Cubs' Double-A team. The 26-year-old right-hander was one of the four players the Rockies sent to the Indians in 2011 for Ubaldo Jimenez, but he might never reach the majors.
Aug 20 - 5:18 PM

Shae Simmons has been shut down from his rehab assignment due to lingering shoulder soreness.

The Braves are hopeful that he will begin feeling better in a couple of days. Simmons has been on the disabled list since late July because of a right shoulder strain. He probably won't return until early September.
Aug 20 - 5:01 PM

Andrelton Simmons is back in the Braves' lineup Wednesday.

Simmons exited Tuesday's contest with sore left hip, but he's fine. The slick-fielding shortstop is hitting .304/.333/.435 with a homer and five RBI over his last six games.
Aug 20 - 3:27 PM

Braves prospect RHP J.R. Graham allowed two runs on four hits and recorded only one out on Tuesday for Double-A Mississippi.

Graham, 24, was officially moved to Mississippi’s bullpen earlier in the month after posting a 5.26 ERA over 63 1/3 innings as a starter. Unfortunately, he hasn’t fared any better in the new role, allowing seven runs on 13 hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings, and he’s now been scored on in three straight appearances. Graham simply hasn’t been the same after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in mid-May of 2013, as he’s lost some of the velocity and sinking action on his fastball. However, the right-hander still has the potential to carve out a role in the Braves' bullpen if he's able to return to his 2012 form.
Aug 20 - 3:06 PM

Andrelton Simmons exited Tuesday's game versus the Pirates with a sore left hip.

He seems to have been removed as a precaution with the Braves having a big lead, as the club is hopeful Simmons can play Wednesday. Simmons had a hit and scored two runs before exiting.
Aug 19 - 10:23 PM

Aaron Harang pitched 8 1/3 innings of three-run ball to beat the Pirates on Tuesday.

Harang was given the chance to go for his first complete game of the year with the Braves up 11-2 in the ninth, but he was pulled after giving up three straight hits with one out. It was still another fine performance from one of the NL's most pleasant surprises this year. Harang is 10-7 with a 3.50 ERA.
Aug 19 - 10:18 PM

Justin Upton had a three-run homer and a two-run single Tuesday against the Pirates.

Even though he's been much more productive with the bases empty (.315) than with runners on (.260) and runners in scoring position (.237), Upton now has 80 RBI this season, placing him third in the National League behind Giancarlo Stanton and Adrian Gonzalez. He's well on his way to blowing past his career high of 88 from 2011.
Aug 19 - 10:12 PM

Christian Bethancourt has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with Triple-A Gwinnett due to a left hand contusion.

It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined, but Bethancourt figures to be a September call-up if he's healthy. Mostly known for his excellent ability behind the plate, the 22-year-old has batted .240/.283/.260 over his first 13 games in the majors.
Aug 19 - 10:10 AM

Braves second base prospect Jose Peraza was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

Peraza was having a superb season, hitting .341/.366/.445 over 108 games between High-A and Double-A. He also stole 60 bases for the season. It is unclear as to when he will return, but the hope was that he would avoid going on the disabled list altogether, so it is possible that he will be back in the next few days.
Aug 19 - 9:57 AM

Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a lead-off home run and a sacrifice fly as the Braves defeated the Pirates on Monday.

Heyward sparked the Braves' six-run top of the first inning with a lead-off home run off of Vance Worley. Despite a recent slump, Heyward has been hitting better in the second half, batting .322 (29-for-90). Overall, he has a mediocre .268/.351/.389 slash line with 10 home runs and 47 RBI.
Aug 18 - 10:26 PM

Ervin Santana picked up his 13th win despite allowing three home runs in 5 1/3 innings in Monday's win against the Pirates.

Santana has certainly had better starts, but the Braves staked him to a 6-0 lead after the top of the first inning. He allowed two solo home runs to Starling Marte and one to Neil Walker. Overall, he allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four. Santana will take a 13-6 record and a 3.71 ERA into Saturday's start against the Reds in Cincinnati.
Aug 18 - 10:22 PM


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