SAN DIEGO - Rookie Tommy Medica walked into the San Diego Padres' equipment room to get a new cap before Friday night's game and noticed one of Yasmani Grandal's 35-inch, 32-ounce Louisville Slugger bats.
LOS ANGELES- Clayton Kershaw would have welcomed a little help from the umpires in the ninth inning, if only to end the game a bit sooner. When he didn't get it, the Dodgers' ace finished off the Braves on his own.
The contending Atlanta Braves have acquired infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell from the Chicago Cubs for catching prospect Victor Caratini.
LOS ANGELES - Matt Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.
LOS ANGELES- Matt Kemp is making a case for himself, regardless of where he's playing the rest of the season.
ATLANTA - Ervin Santana knew in the very first inning his slider would be tough to hit.
ATLANTA - Mike Minor is working to correct flaws in his mechanics that were discovered when he looked at this year's results and matched them up to tape from his strong 2013 season.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman had three hits and an RBI, Julio Teheran earned his 10th win and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of Ordisamer Despaigne's control problems to beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Rookie Jesse Hahn allowed only three hits in six innings to remain unbeaten on the road and the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta 5-2 on Friday night to continue their recent success against the Braves.
ATLANTA - Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel blamed himself for two curveballs that went awry and cost the Braves a game.
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman isn't sure why Miami's pitching staff has been so hard for him to handle this year.
ATLANTA - Jacob Turner allowed two runs in his bid for a permanent return to Miami's rotation and the Marlins knocked Mike Minor out of the game early in their 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA- The Miami Marlins couldn't take advantage of a bases-loaded opportunity with no outs in the ninth inning.
ATLANTA - Tommy La Stella is making an impression on Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
ATLANTA - Former Atlanta Braves scouting director Roy Clark is returning to the team as special assistant to the general manager.
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