Dickey set to start on short rest vs. Pirates

Dickey set to start on short rest vs. Pirates

While continuing to show improved command, Braves pitcher R.A. Dickey aims to prove his string of recent outings is no fluke as he starts on short rest against the Pirates on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

Dickey was moved up to pitch on three days' rest with the Braves looking to separate fastball-dominant pitchers Julio Tehran and Mike Foltynewicz in the rotation.

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adams already fitting in with new club

Slugging first baseman hits homer in Braves' opener vs. Pirates

Adams already fitting in with new club

ATLANTA -- Given a chance to digest the significant change he experienced this past weekend and unwind after having Stephen Strasburg serve as his first challenge in Atlanta, a refreshed Matt Adams returned to SunTrust Park on Monday and gave the Braves further reason to believe they were quite fortunate to find him as a temporary replacement for Freddie Freeman.

Playing just his second game since seeing his long tenure with the Cardinals end with Saturday's unexpected trade, Adams further endeared himself to his new teammates and hometown fans when he drilled his first home run for the Braves during the fifth inning of Monday's 5-2 win over the Pirates.

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Inciarte's 5 hits, pair of HRs back Folty in win

Inciarte's 5 hits, pair of HRs back Folty in win

ATLANTA -- Mike Foltynewicz bested Gerrit Cole through the first five innings and Ender Inciarte recorded a career-best five hits as the Braves received another stellar effort from their bullpen during Monday night's 5-2 win over the Pirates at SunTrust Park.

Brandon Phillips belted his 200th career home run during a two-run third inning, and Matt Adams hit his first home run with the Braves to cap a three-run fifth inning against Cole, who allowed five earned runs for the first time since Opening Day and surrendered a season-high 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings. The Pirates' ace entered having allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his past seven starts.

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Inciarte has #ASGWorthy night vs. Pirates

Braves' leadoff hitter records first career five-hit game

Inciarte has #ASGWorthy night vs. Pirates

ATLANTA -- Ender Inciarte didn't get off to the start he wanted to, but he has begun to turn things around. In the Braves' 5-2 win over the Pirates on Monday, Inciarte recorded the first five-hit game of his career.

"I've been working hard, because I have been inconsistent and sometimes I'm too hard on myself, trying to do too much," Inciarte said. "Today I tried to simplify everything and see the ball and hit the ball the other way. I was letting the ball travel, and I had a good result. Hopefully I can stay consistent from now on."

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Teheran working to solve SunTrust woes

Teheran working to solve SunTrust woes

ATLANTA -- Instead of completing his normal side session in the bullpen Sunday morning, Julio Teheran took advantage of a chance to find comfort with the SunTrust Park mound, upon which he has routinely encountered frustration this year.

"I think every stadium is different and every mound is different," Teheran said. "I've just got to get used to it. It feels a little different because I've never pitched here before. But it's normal. I don't think it's anything that we need to [worry] about."

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Cumberland goes deep twice with Rome

Cumberland goes deep twice with Rome

After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.

The Astros' No. 16 prospect was electric in his best professional start, tossing seven hitless frames with 10 strikeouts, both career highs, as Quad Cities defeated Peoria, 5-1. He issued one walk en route to facing one over the minimum, while throwing 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

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Rodriguez thankful for Bucs' timely support

Braves utility man appreciates Pirates' concern following car crash

Rodriguez thankful for Bucs' timely support

ATLANTA -- When Sean Rodriguez had surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff on Feb. 14 following a fatal car crash in Miami, the Braves initially projected the Pirates' former super-utility man would miss the entire season.

Rodriguez had other plans, which is why he's showing up to work -- physical therapy, in this case -- every day at SunTrust Park and is already, by his estimate, ahead of schedule.

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Garcia regains command, fans 8 in deep start

Starter's 8 strong frames ease pressure on Atlanta's bullpen

Garcia regains command, fans 8 in deep start

ATLANTA -- Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia has proven he has the stuff necessary to be effective. But his inconsistent command had led to an elevated walk rate and the self-inflicted damage he has incurred during some of his most recent starts.

Garcia showed much improvement Sunday afternoon, as he did not issue a walk while delivering eight strong innings in the Braves' 3-2 loss to the Nationals at SunTrust Park. He entered having totaled 14 walks over his previous three starts (17 1/3 innings). He also recorded his first hit of the season, a double, and the first hit of the game off Washington starter Stephen Strasburg.

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Adams thrilled to fill everyday role for Braves

Slugger manning first base in Freeman's absence

Adams thrilled to fill everyday role for Braves

ATLANTA -- When Matt Adams learned Freddie Freeman fractured his left wrist on Thursday, he admittedly wondered whether this was the opportunity for him to go elsewhere to secure the everyday role he did not have with St. Louis.

Still, Adams was surprised to learn late Saturday afternoon that the Cardinals had indeed traded him to the Braves, who were thrilled to acquire a quality offensive threat to man first base while Freeman is sidelined for at least the next 10 weeks.

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Late rally not enough despite Garcia's 8 K's

Late rally not enough despite Garcia's 8 K's

ATLANTA -- Stephen Strasburg delivered his best start of the season and Daniel Murphy homered off an effective Jaime Garcia as the Nationals snapped their longest losing streak of the season (4 games) with Sunday afternoon's 3-2 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

Strasburg notched a season-high 11 strikeouts and surrendered two runs over 7 2/3 innings while helping the Nationals avoid being swept by the Braves, who lost for just the third time in their past 10 games.

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Kemp, Flowers, Ruiz homer to clinch series

Kemp, Flowers, Ruiz homer to clinch series

ATLANTA -- Rio Ruiz hit a memorable first career home run and Matt Kemp also took Max Scherzer deep before stellar bullpen work helped the Braves claim a 5-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday at SunTrust Park.

The Braves took an early lead on the way to winning for the seventh time in their past nine games and extending the Nationals' season-long skid to four games. Ruiz, who sneaked a two-out, two-run homer over the right-field wall in the second inning, and Kemp, who was 5-for-40 against Scherzer before leading off the fourth with a shot into the left-field seats, put Atlanta ahead, 3-0.

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Braves acquire 1B Adams from Cardinals

Braves acquire 1B Adams from Cardinals

ATLANTA -- Proving they do not plan to simply fold their tents while spending the next two months without Freddie Freeman, the Braves added Matt Adams' capable bat to their lineup.

Atlanta acquired Adams from the Cardinals in exchange for Minor League infielder Juan Yepez on Saturday. The 28-year-old first baseman and outfielder has hit at least 15 home runs in each of the three big league seasons in which he has tallied 200-plus at-bats. His presence may at least compensate for some of the power the Braves will miss with Freeman sidelined for 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist.

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Ruiz hits 1st HR off Scherzer in front of dad

Ruiz hits 1st HR off Scherzer in front of dad

ATLANTA -- Rio Ruiz will forever have the honor of proudly saying he hit his first career home run off Max Scherzer. And whenever the Braves' third baseman discusses this thrill over the remainder of his lifetime, he will almost certainly mention this cherished moment occurred with his father present.

Rudy Ruiz flew from California on Friday to see his son play in a Major League game for the first time. Rio did his part when he hit a two-run homer off Scherzer during the second inning of Saturday's 5-2 win over the Nationals at SunTrust Park.

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Peterson used the net to catch a foul

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Peterson used the net to catch a foul

Saturday night's 5-2 victory over the Nationals did not come easily for the Braves. Their bullpen had to throw the final 5 2/3 innings of the game, and both teams had to deal with a one-hour, 50-minute rain delay at the start of the sixth inning.

So when the game resumed, the Braves were motivated to finish their win by any means necessary, even if it meant finding innovative ways to catch the ball. With one out in the top of the sixth with a runner on and Matt Wieters at the plate, first baseman Jace Peterson did just that.

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O'Flaherty (back) to DL; Jackson recalled

O'Flaherty (back) to DL; Jackson recalled

ATLANTA -- Eric O'Flaherty's back locked up as he was warming up for a possible appearance during Friday night's win over the Nationals. The discomfort is similar to what he often dealt with while pitching out of the Braves' bullpen during the early portion of this decade.

Back then, O'Flaherty would usually just take a few days off and return without anybody knowing he had been unavailable during the previous games. But with the minimum stay on the disabled list reduced from 15 to 10 days, he will have a better opportunity to return to full health while spending the next week sidelined.

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Swanson heating up, does it all vs. Nats

Swanson heating up, does it all vs. Nats

ATLANTA -- Dansby Swanson remains far from where he wants to eventually be from an offensive perspective. But courtesy of the three multi-hit games he has recorded this week, the Braves shortstop can at least gain comfort in the fact he is also far from where he was just a month ago.

Providing another glimpse of the value he can provide with both his glove and bat, Swanson left his mark on the Braves' 7-4 win over the Nationals on Friday night at SunTrust Park. The rookie sparked Atlanta's offense with a second-inning homer and bounced back from a third-inning miscue to complete a fifth-inning defensive gem that influenced the smile he was sporting long after the game was over.

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Braves' eighth-inning outburst sinks Nationals

Braves' eighth-inning outburst sinks Nationals

ATLANTA -- Needing to pick up some of the slack with Freddie Freeman sidelined for at least the next two months, Nick Markakis delivered a go-ahead single and Kurt Suzuki homered to further enrich the three-run eighth inning the Braves constructed during Friday night's 7-4 win over the Nationals at SunTrust Park.

Brandon Phillips drew a walk off Enny Romero and then notched his second stolen base of the game before scoring on Markakis' RBI single. Suzuki extended Romero's woes when he drilled a two-run homer into the left-field seats, his third home run of the season and second in as many days.

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Flowers' leg kick has been a game-changer

Flowers' leg kick has been a game-changer

ATLANTA -- Frustrated and essentially desperate to find any way to get a better feel for the timing of his swing, Braves catcher Tyler Flowers strolled toward the plate during the seventh inning of a game against the Mets last year and decided to use a leg kick for the first time in his career.

This unplanned decision to make this unpracticed alteration provided an immediate result for Flowers, who generated a 109-mph exit velocity on a 424-foot home run off Mets reliever Jim Henderson. The leg kick has been a game-changer for the 31-year-old Flowers, who entered Friday hitting .342 with an .882 OPS.

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Braves honor local fan as Honorary Bat Girl

Fan battling breast cancer given all-access pass, presented pink bat

Braves honor local fan as Honorary Bat Girl

ATLANTA -- Braves fan Brenda Humphrey couldn't hold back her excitement as she was welcomed by the team as the official Honorary Bat Girl on Friday night. She was all smiles as she met with Braves personnel and watched practice on the field.

Humphrey is currently battling breast cancer. A native of Mableton, Ga., she has been diagnosed twice, in July 2014 and March 2016. However, she's in good spirits after helping her mother and three siblings deal with different forms of cancer over the years.

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Freeman out 10 weeks with fractured wrist

Freeman out 10 weeks with fractured wrist

ATLANTA -- As Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman strolled into SunTrust Park with a bright green cast covering his fractured left wrist, he got his first taste of the helpless frustration he will feel as he spends the next 10 weeks unable to build on what had the makings to be an MVP-caliber season.

Freeman knew his wrist was likely broken as soon as he was struck by Aaron Loup's 94-mph fastball during the fifth inning of Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Blue Jays. But he maintained hope for a miraculous development until Thursday morning, when an MRI and CT scan confirmed the fracture.

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Teheran hit hard as Braves drop finale to Jays

Teheran hit hard as Braves drop finale to Jays

ATLANTA -- Along with accounting for one of the three home runs Julio Teheran surrendered to players who hadn't previously homered this season, Marcus Stroman easily handled a Freddie Freeman-less Braves lineup while helping the Blue Jays cruise to Thursday night's 9-0 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

After losing each of the first three games of this home-and-home Interleague series, the Blue Jays left no doubt in this finale as they tallied three runs in three of the first four innings. Stroman completed 5 2/3 scoreless innings and contributed to the early offensive onslaught as he drilled his first career home run in the fourth inning. The opposite-field shot traveled a projected 370 feet with a 99-mph exit velocity, per Statcast™.

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Pillar receives two-game suspension

Pillar receives two-game suspension

ATLANTA -- In a joint decision between the Blue Jays and Major League Baseball on Thursday, Toronto suspended center fielder Kevin Pillar two games for his use of a homophobic slur during Toronto's 8-4 loss to the Braves on Wednesday night.

Toronto made its decision on Thursday morning after discussions with Pillar, the league and the MLB Players Association. The details still have to be worked out, but Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Pillar's salary for the next two games, plus an undisclosed fine, will be donated to a couple of organizations supporting the LGBTQ community.

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Toussaint fans eight for Fire Frogs

Toussaint fans eight for Fire Frogs

Cody Reed crossed a pair of accomplishments off his career bucket list on Thursday night with a historic performance for Class A Kane County.

The D-backs' No. 19 prospect fired a complete-game three-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 1-0 win over Quad Cities. The nine-inning shutout was the first of Reed's career and the first by a Cougars pitcher since Aug. 31, 2004. It also marked the 20-year-old lefty's second straight scoreless outing after he completed a then-season-high eight frames in his previous turn.

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Braves ride 6-run 1st to heated win over Jays

Braves ride 6-run 1st to heated win over Jays

ATLANTA -- Kurt Suzuki capped a six-run first inning with a three-run home run and added a double during a two-run sixth that provided the Braves some comfort as they backed Mike Foltynewicz's effective start during Wednesday night's 8-4 win over the Blue Jays at SunTrust Park.

On their way to winning their third straight game against the previously streaking Blue Jays, the Braves tallied six runs before Toronto starter Joe Biagini recorded his first out. Nick Markakis aided the early barrage with a two-run single that was immediately followed by Suzuki's second homer of the season. Per Statcast™, the shot into the left-center-field seats traveled a projected 414 feet and had an exit velocity of 103.4 mph.

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Suzuki seizing chances, impressing Braves

Catcher heating up in May, goes 2-for-3 with three-run homer in win over Jays

Suzuki seizing chances, impressing Braves

ATLANTA -- Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki continues to hit when given the opportunity. Wednesday night was no different as he went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, which capped Atlanta's six-run first inning. The Braves went on to post an 8-4 victory over the Blue Jays at SunTrust Park.

The veteran catcher's biggest adjustment has been staying relaxed at the plate. He has been working with Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer to focus on staying inside the ball and driving it up the middle.

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Snitker reflects on debut as Braves' manager

Wednesday is one-year anniversary of skipper's first game at helm for Atlanta

Snitker reflects on debut as Braves' manager

ATLANTA -- After receiving the call informing him he was going to replace Fredi Gonzalez as the Braves' manager less than two months into last season, Brian Snitker turned to his wife, Ronnie, and said, "I've got to pack," without providing any immediate indication as to why he was heading to Pittsburgh while his Triple-A Gwinnett team was in the midst of a homestand.

As Snitker prepared for Wednesday night's game against the Blue Jays at SunTrust Park, he was once again reminded this was the one-year anniversary of his first game as a Major League manager. Reminiscing about this life-changing, whirlwind experience still causes him to chuckle.

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Achilles tendinitis sends Adonis to DL

Camargo called up from Triple-A Gwinnett

Achilles tendinitis sends Adonis to DL

TORONTO -- The Braves placed third baseman Adonis Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with left Achilles tendinitis on Tuesday. Johan Camargo was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday to fill Garcia's roster spot.

While Garcia is sidelined, the Braves could provide a majority of the starts at third base to the versatile Jace Peterson, who made his third start of the season at the hot corner in Tuesday's 9-5 win over the Blue Jays.

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