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7/25/2014 | Nostalgic Francoeur enjoys return to Atlanta

Jeff Francoeur has played at Turner Field since the Braves traded him to the Mets in July 2009, but this return to his hometown is not as uneasy as previous trips.

7/25/2014 | Venters nearly ready to throw bullpen sessions

Although there is still no timetable for Jonny Venters to return to the Braves' bullpen, he has made progress since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in early June. Venters threw from 100 feet on flat ground on Friday, and he could begin bullpen sessions soon.

7/25/2014 | Floyd progressing a month after elbow surgery

Gavin Floyd was encouraged to see that his healing process is going well after undergoing surgery to repair the fractured olecranon in his right elbow on June 25. He met with Dr. David Altchek, who performed the surgery, on Thursday.

7/25/2014 | Varvaro returns from paternity list; Schlosser optioned

The Braves activated reliever Anthony Varvaro from the paternity list on Friday afternoon and optioned Gus Schlosser to Triple-A Gwinnett. Varvaro's wife, Kerry, gave birth to the couple's second son on Thursday at 4:04 p.m. ET.

7/25/2014 | Wood tagged as Braves can't cash in vs. Padres

The reeling Braves managed only four hits against San Diego in a 5-2 loss on Friday night at Turner Field, and starter Alex Wood allowed five runs (four earned) on a career-high 12 hits.

7/25/2014 | Emotions building for large Hall of Fame class

The speeches are just about written and a crowd perhaps in excess of 50,000 is expected Sunday for the induction ceremony of this memorable Class of 2014 -- 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.

7/25/2014 | Maddux, Glavine exuded greatness early on

During all of the seasons I watched Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux audition for the Baseball Hall of Fame on a regular basis with the Braves, I never took them for granted.

7/25/2014 | Braves' sustained excellence a remarkable feat

When it comes to the Braves' Hall of Fame era, don't even attempt roll call unless you have some time on your hands. Yes, there was only one World Series title. Even Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux would stipulate to that. But the volume of excellence, and the constantly changing cast of characters behind that excellence, is staggering.

7/24/2014 | Francoeur returns home as Padres visit Atlanta

For the first time in over a year, Jeff Francoeur will be playing in front of his hometown fans when the Padres open up a four-game series in Atlanta on Friday night. Francoeur was called up by San Diego earlier this week, and the second stop for the Padres with the former Brave outfielder will be Turner Field.

7/24/2014 | Wild pitches cost Kimbrel, Braves in ninth vs. Fish

When the Braves selected Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the first round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, they envisioned he would enjoy performances like the one he gave on Thursday night at Turner Field. Eleven years later, the former Atlanta prospect came back to burn his original team with a three-hit night that included the game-winning knock against Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, as Miami took a series-clinching 3-2 victory over Atlanta.

7/24/2014 | Simmons latest Braves regular to get a night off

As catcher Evan Gattis returned to the Braves' starting lineup, Andrelton Simmons received the night off on Thursday. Ramiro Pena started as shortstop and batted eighth in place of Simmons.

7/24/2014 | Kimbrel, Braves visit children's hospital

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has visited Children's Healthcare of Atlanta many times, but the experience never grows old for the hard-throwing right-hander. When asked about his visit on Thursday afternoon, he responded, "I love it every year."

7/23/2014 | Ervin rediscovers form at right time for Braves

The Ervin Santana that the Braves went over budget to sign to a one-year, $14.1 million deal showed up at Turner Field on Wednesday night. He stifled the Marlins, giving up only one run and striking out 10 in 7 1/3 innings.

7/23/2014 | Harang aims to extend unbeaten stretch vs. Miami

A rough outing on June 18 inflated Aaron Harang's ERA to a season-worst 3.83, leading many to believe the Atlanta veteran's early-season success had finally run out. But instead, he got back on track, embarking on a five-start stretch during which he is 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA. Harang will pitch opposite Miami's Henderson Alvarez, who received a scare in his last start, exiting after 2 2/3 innings after being struck on the left shin by a comebacker.

7/23/2014 | Freeman solves Marlins, sets tone behind Santana

With Freddie Freeman halting his woes against the Marlins and Ervin Santanta notching one of his finest starts in more than a month, the Braves snapped a two-game skid and moved back to within one game of the first-place Nationals in the National League East race with a 6-1 win Wednesday night.

7/23/2014 | After back-to-back starts, Gattis gets a breather

Now that Evan Gattis has returned from the disabled list, the Braves will make every attempt to prevent him from encountering further back discomfort. So after handling the starting catching duties the previous two days, Gattis rested during Wednesday night's game against the Marlins

7/23/2014 | Minor assures Fredi there's no injury behind struggles

As his struggles have extended over the past six weeks, Mike Minor has created reason to wonder if he has been hiding an injury. The Braves left-hander contended he was healthy when asked after allowing 10 hits in a season-low three innings in a 6-5 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday night. But that did not stop Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez from approaching Minor about his health on Wednesday afternoon.

7/23/2014 | Varvaro to paternity list; Schlosser up as long man

The Braves placed Anthony Varvaro on the paternity list Wednesday as the reliever's wife was set to give birth to the couple's second child. Varvaro is allowed up to three days off, but he will likely return sooner than that.

7/23/2014 | Glavine forged storied career from Atlanta beginnings

Tom Glavine was born a Brave during some lean years and then bred to be the champion that he became while serving as both seed and base of the legendary starting rotations that Atlanta featured during the 1990s.

7/22/2014 | Mathis thwarts Schafer's steal attempt in ninth

The percentages called for Jordan Schafer to go. The throw from Jeff Mathis provided a crucial stop that cleared the way for the Marlins to hang on for a 6-5 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

7/22/2014 | Marlins seek third straight win in Atlanta

After taking the first two games of a four-game series, the Marlins will try to keep the pressure on the Braves on Wednesday night. Nathan Eovaldi and Ervin Santana will square off at Turner Field.

7/22/2014 | Braves' rally comes up short after Minor struggles

Mike Minor allowed six runs on 10 hits over three-plus innings as the Braves fell behind and couldn't catch up to the Marlins in a 6-5 loss Tuesday night at Turner Field. Justin Upton hit a solo homer and the Braves rallied with a three-run eighth, but they couldn't erase the gap.

7/22/2014 | PLAY Campaign stops at Turner Field

Kris Medlen had a Q&A session with the children who participated in the PLAY Campaign event on Tuesday morning at Turner Field. They participated in numerous on-field activities, led in part by Braves trainers Jeff Porter and Jim Lovell.

7/22/2014 | Heyward named Braves' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Along with being blessed with tremendous athleticism, Jason Heyward has endeared himself to fans with the all-out effort he brings to the stadium on a daily basis. His insatiable desire to compete has put the Braves right fielder in a position to receive a respectable and deserving honor.

7/22/2014 | Little things mean so much in Cox's Hall of Fame career

Bobby Cox was so fascinating as a manager, and it all goes back to a bunch of little things that were huge things. Such a miracle worker, this Robert Joseph Cox.

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