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Aaron Harang threw seven no-hit innings in a win over the Mets on Friday.

Harang was pulled after throwing 121 pitches. Six walks cost him a chance to finish off the no-hit bid. The Mets finally got a hit when David Wright singled off Luis Avilan with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Some questioned the Braves' decision to release Freddy Garcia and sign Harang at the end of spring training, but things have worked out brilliantly for the Braves so far. Through four starts, the 35-year-old has a 0.70 ERA and 22/12 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings. He'll try to keep his surprising resurgence alive next week against the Marlins at home.
Apr 18 - 10:42 PM

Freddie Freeman went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Mets.

His ownership of the Mets continues. Freeman is hitting .390 (23-for-59) with five home runs and 12 RBI through 16 games this season and appears ready to emerge as an elite fantasy option.
Apr 18 - 10:37 PM

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Friday against the Mets.

Johnson has had a slow start to the season, but he now has two three-hit games in his last three games. The 29-year-old might not duplicate the .321 batting average he had last season, especially if he continues to strike out at this early pace, but he hits plenty of line drives and uses the whole field. It should help him come pretty close to another .300 season.
Apr 18 - 10:37 PM

Jason Heyward is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

Heyward is in a terrible funk at the plate with just two hits in his last 34 at-bats. He's being replaced in right field by Ryan Doumit and in the leadoff spot by Andrelton Simmons.
Apr 18 - 3:55 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Freddy Garcia is close to signing with an undisclosed team in Asia.

Garcia opted out of his minor league deal with the Braves after finding out he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. He was hoping to find a major league deal somewhere but had only been offered minor league deals to this point. Obviously he's apparently found a better opportunity overseas.
Apr 18 - 12:59 PM

Alex Wood took the complete game loss Thursday after giving up one run in eight innings against the Phillies.

Wood held the Phillies scoreless over the first seven innings, but Ben Revere got to him with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. It was enough to put the young left-hander on the losing side. Wood struck out seven and walked one in the tough-luck loss. Through four starts, he owns a 1.67 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 27 innings. Many thought a breakout season was possible this year, but he is exceeding expectations thus far.
Apr 17 - 3:51 PM

B.J. Upton singled in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

The Braves managed just four hits on the day. Upton has struggled to get anything going in the early part of the season, hitting just .190/.242/.293 with three extra-base hits (one home run) and an 18/4 K/BB ratio through 62 plate appearances. If the struggles out of the No. 2 spot continue, look for Andrelton Simmons to move up in the order.
Apr 17 - 3:48 PM

Evan Gattis is not in the Braves' starting lineup for Thursday's series-finale against the Phillies.

Gerald Laird is starting behind the plate. Gattis, who's batting .375 with a 1.135 OPS and four home runs in 10 games this season, is simply getting a day of rest.
Apr 17 - 10:09 AM

Julio Teheran ran roughshod over the Phillies' offense in Wednesday's start, shutting them out in a complete game effort to earn the win.

Teheran allowed three hits (all singles), walked none, and struck out four. The Phillies made weak contact against him all night long, only twice enjoying the sight of a runner in scoring position. Teheran has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his first four starts of the season, picking up where he left off in 2013. He'll face the Marlins next.
Apr 16 - 9:51 PM

Jason Heyward struck out four times in five at-bats, taking home the dreaded golden sombrero as the Braves defeated the Phillies on Wednesday.

Heyward wears the sombrero for the first time since May 12, 2012 and for the fifth time in his career overall. While it's hard to fault him for whiffing against Cliff Lee, Heyward hasn't done much with the bat to start the season, as his average sank to .145.
Apr 16 - 9:43 PM

Chris Johnson singled three times in four at-bats in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Johnson, who hit .321 last season, hasn't been as solid with the bat in the early going, entering Wednesday night's game hitting .239. It's back up to .280 now.
Apr 16 - 9:40 PM

Evan Gattis was all the offense the Braves needed, going 4-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Gattis knocked in the only run of the game when he hit a wall-scraping home run to left field off of Cliff Lee in the fourth inning. He also singled three times, bringing his average up to .378. Gattis now has six hits and three home runs in his last two games, both against the Phillies.
Apr 16 - 9:37 PM

Craig Kimbrel (shoulder) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and declared himself "ready."

According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, manager Fredi Gonzalez was "noncommittal" about using Kimbrel on Wednesday night because of the cold weather in Philadelphia. Kimbrel has been unavailable the past two games with mild shoulder soreness.
Apr 16 - 4:58 PM

Braves prospect RHP Cody Martin turned in his best start of the season Tuesday, allowing two hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 scoreless innings for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Martin, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011 out of Gonzaga, split the 2013 season between Double- and Triple-A, posting a 3.16 ERA and 137/58 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 136 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old lacks a high ceiling despite a 10.1 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 290 career minor league innings, but he's still likely to be called on this season should the Braves need another starter.
Apr 16 - 1:36 PM

David Hale will be skipped in the Braves' rotation.

Hale was scheduled to pitch against the Phillies on Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to rain. Julio Teheran will stay on his normal schedule and pitch Wednesday, and Alex Wood will start Thursday’s series finale.
Apr 15 - 5:53 PM


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