Atlanta Braves Wiretap

Freddie Freeman Undergoes Elbow Surgery

Oct 21, 2019 7:50 AM

Freddie Freeman played through an elbow injury late in the season and underwent surgery to fix the issue last Wednesday.

Freeman's right elbow joint was cleaned out during the procedure and he's expected to be ready for spring training with the Atlanta Braves.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury

Brian McCann Announces Retirement After Playoff Exit

Oct 10, 2019 7:44 AM

Brian McCann announced his retirement after the Atlanta Braves' Game 5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old is a veteran of 15 Major League seasons.

"This is it for me," McCann said. "I'm going to go home and be a dad and play with those kids."

McCann is a seven-time All-Star and won the 2017 World Series with the Houston Astros.


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Recap: Cardinals Score 10 In First, Advance To NLCS

Oct 9, 2019 9:25 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to a Game 5 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

The offensive output was the biggest opening inning in Major League postseason history.

St. Louis teed off on Mike Foltynewicz, tagging him for seven runs, six earned, in a third of an inning. Over his 23 pitches, Foltynewicz allowed three hits and walked a trio. Freddie Freeman made an error in the inning that might have limited the damage and kept the Braves within striking distance.

The damage continued with Max Fried and Luke Jackson on the mound. Fried allowed four runs over 1 2/3 innings. Jackson allowed two runs, one earned, in his 2/3 of an inning.

The Cardinals scored 13 runs without a single home run, peppering the Braves with hit after hit. They went 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position. The hitting went up-and-down the lineup with eight different players recording an RBI and no one registering more than two.

Jack Flaherty provided a steady presence on the mound, striking out 8 and scattering four hits over six innings.

The Braves have lost 10 straight postseason series.


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Recap: Yadier Molina Lifts Cardinals With Walk-Off Sacrifice Fly

Oct 7, 2019 8:20 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals are trying to make a deep playoff run with largely a new cast of characters, but an old hero lifted them to a Game 4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday afternoon.

Yadier Molina hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, scoring Kolten Wong, to give the Cardinals a 5-4 victory at Busch Stadium.

The at-bat was Molina's second clutch moment of the game. He had an RBI single in the eighth that tied the game up and put the Cardinals in position to extend their season.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to solo home runs by Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna in the first inning. After an Ozzie Albies sacrifice fly in the third, Ozuna went deep again in the fourth.

Things then got messy in the fifth. Dansby Swanson doubled, then advanced to third on a passed ball by Molina. He then scored on a throwing error by Matt Carpenter, which allowed Adam Duvall to reach first base. After Ronald Acuna, Jr. lined out, Albies hit a two-run home run to give Atlanta a 4-3 lead. All of the runs scored in the inning were unearned.

The deciding fifth game will be Wednesday with Jack Flaherty and Mike Foltynewicz on the mound.


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Cardinals Haven't Lost Faith In Carlos Martinez As Closer

Oct 7, 2019 7:53 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals say they'll "evaluate" the situation, but they aren't running away from Carlos Martinez as closer after he blew the save in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves.

Down 1-0, the Braves rallied to score three runs in the ninth to take a 2-1 series lead.

"I mean, I don't know exactly [Martinez's] save percentage, but it's about as good as anybody in baseball," Mike Shildt said. "So that's his spot. He'll be in that spot [Monday], and I'll have full confidence in him."

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Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves

Braves Taking Concerns About Tomahawk Chop Chant 'Seriously'

Oct 7, 2019 7:48 AM

The Atlanta Braves will continue their dialogue with the Native American community in the wake of criticism over the tomahawk chop chant.

Ryan Helsley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he thinks the chant is insulting, and the 25-year-old rookie was disappointed when it was heard during Game 1 of the NLDS.

Helsley is a member of the Cherokee Nation. The Tahlequah, Oklahoma, native speaks the Cherokee language and is one of only a few Native Americans in the majors.

The Braves say they "appreciate and take seriously" Helsley's concerns. The team says it has "worked to honor and respect the Native American community through the years."

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Recap: Braves Rally In Ninth, Take 2-1 Lead Over Cardinals

Oct 6, 2019 8:18 PM

Trailing 1-0 heading into the ninth inning, the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals and take a 2-1 series lead in the NLDS.

The only scoring through the first eight innings came on a sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter in the second until the Braves came to bat in the final frame.

Josh Donaldson doubled to open the inning with Carlos Martinez pitching for St. Louis. With Billy Hamilton in to pinch-run, Nick Markakis and Adeiny Hechavarria both struck out swinging. The Cardinals opted to intentionally walk Brian McCann, bringing Dansby Swanson to the plate. Swanson doubled, tying the game at 1-1 and keeping the Braves alive.

The rally continued with Adam Duvall singling to center, scoring two runs and pushing Atlanta's newfound lead to 3-1 -- which would prove to be the final score.

Paul Goldschmidt doubled with one out in the bottom of the ninth to provide some drama, but Mark Melancon shut the door on the Cardinals' chances.

Both starting pitchers went seven-plus innings. Adam Wainwright logged 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight and allowing four hits. Mike Soroka went seven strong, allowing one run on just two hits. He had seven Ks and walked none.

St. Louis will look to stay alive on Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.


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Ryan Helsley Calls Braves' 'Tomahawk Chop Chant 'Disrespectful'

Oct 5, 2019 2:29 PM

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, believes the Atlanta Braves' "tomahawk chop" chant is "disrespectful" and "devalues" perceptions of Native Americans, the rookie told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday.

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Recap: Braves Blank Cardinals To Even NLDS

Oct 4, 2019 8:27 PM

A day after putting up seven runs, the St. Louis Cardinals failed to score as the Atlanta Braves took Game 2 of the NLDS 3-0 at SunTrust Park. The series is now tied 1-1.

Mike Foltynewicz struck out seven batters over seven innings, needing just 81 pitches to do so. Max Fried and Mark Melancon combined for a hold and save, respectively, to shut the door on the Cardinals' offense.

Jack Flaherty pitched well, allowing three runs over seven innings of his own. He struck out eight and walked one, while the Braves peppered him with eight hits.

Atlanta didn't need much offense with Foltynewicz on the mound, but got started early with Josh Donaldson driving in Ozzie Albies in the bottom of the first. Adam Duvall added a pair of insurance runs on a two-run home run in the seventh as a pinch-hitter, scoring Brian McCann.

The series now shifts to St. Louis with Game 3 on Sunday.


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Teammates Critical Of Ronald Acuna, Jr. For Not Running Out Hit

Oct 4, 2019 7:46 AM

Ronald Acuna, Jr. failed to run out a ball he hit off the wall in right field on Thursday night, settling for a single in the Atlanta Braves' 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

His teammates called him out for the lack of hustle after the game. He was benched in August for a similar play.

"Yeah, it's frustrating," Freddie Freeman said. "But I think you have that conversation once. It's kind of beating a dead horse after that if you keep having the same conversation over and over again. You have to know that was a mistake."

Acuna hit a ball to right field in the seventh and Dexter Fowler played it off the wall. Acuna admired the hit and when Fowler turned around to throw the ball in, he was just getting to first base.

"There's a lot of baseball players who give their best effort all the time," Acuna said through the team interpreter. "But [it] can kind of get away from them [sometimes]. We're human. We make errors."

The inning could have turned out differently if Acuna was at second base. An Ozzie Albies groundout would have gotten him to third instead of second. He was eventually doubled off the bag when Josh Donaldson lined out to shortstop.

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Recap: Cardinals Strike Late To Take Game 1 From Braves

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Ronald Acuna Becomes Third Player To Hit 40 HRs At 21 Or Younger


Charlie Culberson Suffers Multiple Facial Fractures

Braves Rally To Clinch Playoff Berth

Braves' Charlie Culberson Carted Off After Taking Pitch To Face

Freddie Freeman Back In Braves' Lineup

Freddie Freeman Leaves Game With Elbow Soreness

Bobby Cox Returns To Braves Park Five Months After Stroke

Braves Get Dansby Swanson Back From Injured List


Braves Sign Francisco Cervelli

Mets Activate Jeff McNeil From IL

Braves Claim Billy Hamilton Off Waivers From Royals

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Ronald Acuna Pulled After Not Running Out Single


Braves Sign Adeiny Hechavarria

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Braves Remove Shane Greene From Closer Role
The Braves have removed Shane Green from the closers role just 10 days since acquiring him at the trade deadline.

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Reds Claim Kevin Gausman Off Waivers
The Reds will have to take on the remainder of his $9.35 million salary for 2019, a total of $2.815 million.

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Braves Add Shane Greene, Mark Melancon Before Deadline
Tigers closer Shane Greene has a 1.18 ERA and 22 saves this season.

Braves Close To A Deal For Shane Greene
Closer Shane Greene has 22 saves for the Tigers this season.

Braves Trade Prospect To Rangers For Chris Martin
The Rangers will receive minor league pitcher Kolby Allard in the deal with the Braves.

Max Scherzer Doubtful To Make Next Start
Nationals ace Max Scherzer was unable to throw a bullpen session.