ATLANTA - Mark Kotsay knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a two-out RBI double, and the Atlanta Braves edged the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Friday night for their eighth straight home victory.
ATLANTA - The Braves sent left-handed pitcher Chuck James to the minors for the third time Friday and recalled reliever Phil Stockman from Triple-A Richmond.
PHILADELPHIA - Cole Hamels finally finished what he started.
PHILADELPHIA - Tom Glavine plans to keep his eyes off the scoreboard next time he takes the mound.
PHILADELPHIA - Jayson Werth almost ruined a strong hitting performance with an untimely miscue in the field. Brad Lidge bailed him out.
PITTSBURGH - Atlanta ace John Smoltz is throwing again and hopes his injured rotator cuff heals enough to let him move into the Braves bullpen later this month.
PITTSBURGH - Tim Hudson showed again that a well-pitched game is the easiest and best way to end an extended streak. Or, on this day, a number of streaks.
PITTSBURGH - Proof that baseball is indeed a very funny game: The Atlanta Braves suddenly can't win on the road. And Jason Bay, usually a good road hitter, is discovering a power stroke at home.
PITTSBURGH - Freddy Sanchez insists he doesn't care where he hits in the Pittsburgh lineup.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves waited until the last inning of a memorable homestand to put an end to a streak of one-run futility they hope to forget.
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves closer Rafael Soriano can resume his throwing program after tests on his sore right elbow Wednesday revealed no major injuries.
ATLANTA - Greg Norton was brought to Atlanta to provide some punch in a pinch.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves are proving tough to beat at home, and rookie starter Jair Jurrjens is leading the way.
ATLANTA - As manager of the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and now the Cincinnati Reds, Dusty Baker has had a front-row seat for many of Chipper Jones' career highlights.
ATLANTA - The Braves acquired first baseman-outfielder Greg Norton from the Seattle Mariners on Monday, giving their bench a boost after placing infielder Martin Prado on the 15-day disabled list.
ATLANTA - Beaten twice in one day and just plain beat, the first-place Atlanta Braves were ready for some rest.
The Atlanta Braves have placed catcher Evan Gattis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves waited a long time to get going.
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman singled three times and drove in one run, Julio Teheran pitched six innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Sunday night.
ATLANTA - Justin Upton has seen a lot of Sergio Romo and knew what pitches to look for - and what pitch to take.
ATLANTA - The Braves were hoping for a lift in their return home from an ugly road trip.
ATLANTA - Braves general manager Frank Wren says Brandon Beachy is a little tender and won't make his 2013 debut on Tuesday as had been planned.
SAN DIEGO - The Atlanta Braves did everything they could against the San Diego Padres in a three-game series, except win.
SAN DIEGO - Andrew Cashner outdueled Tim Hudson, Chase Headley homered and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves for the second straight game, 3-2 Tuesday night.
SAN DIEGO - Logan Forsythe homered in his first at-bat of the season, Will Venable added a three-run homer and Jason Marquis won his seventh straight decision to lead the San Diego Padres to a 7-6 victory against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
LOS ANGELES - Dan Uggla's batting average is the last thing on his mind. The slugging second baseman prefers to concentrate on home runs, RBIs and the Atlanta Braves' comfortable lead atop the NL East.
LOS ANGELES - Kris Medlen grew up in Southern California and made frequent trips to Dodger Stadium. Saturday night, in his second career start at Chavez Ravine, the Atlanta Braves' right-hander had the best of both worlds on the mound and at the plate.
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers earned their first walk-off victory of the season, and once again rookie Yasiel Puig had a hand in things.
ATLANTA - Julio Teheran held Pittsburgh without a hit for 7 2-3 innings before settling for a combined one-hit shutout, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Pirates 5-0 on Wednesday.
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