DENVER - When Colorado Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday spotted manager Clint Hurdle walking out to the mound in the first inning, he figured struggling Ubaldo Jimenez was about to get an angry earful.
NEW YORK - Atlanta Braves minor leaguer Jordan Schafer was suspended for 50 games Thursday by the baseball commissioner's office, which said he used human growth hormone in violation of the sport's minor league drug program.
ATLANTA - John Smoltz is back - and so is that pesky knot behind his shoulder.
DENVER - Matt Holliday hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Cook pitched seven strong innings and the Colorado Rockies snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
ATLANTA - Tom Glavine's first game against the New York Mets since his return to Atlanta will have to wait.
ATLANTA - Kelly Johnson couldn't talk his way into the lineup before the game. He was as persuasive as possible when given a chance during the game.
ATLANTA - For a change, Bobby Cox welcomed the rain - and the rainout.
ATLANTA - Mike Hampton grimaced after throwing a warmup pitch, and the Atlanta Braves bullpen got ready for a long night - in the field and on the mound.
ATLANTA - Mike Hampton is headed back to the disabled list after hurting himself in pregame warmups Thursday night, preventing him from making his first start in almost three years.
ATLANTA - Mark Teixeira and Yunel Escobar ended all doubts that rookie Jair Jurrjens' debut in Atlanta would be a success.
ATLANTA - Scott Spiezio will try to return to the majors with a team that rarely takes a chance on troubled players.
ATLANTA - Tom Glavine's homecoming was long forgotten by the time Pittsburgh finally got the win.
WASHINGTON - Nationals Park had quite an opening.
Braves right-hander John Smoltz threw 83 pitches over five innings against minor leaguers in Florida on Sunday, and is on track to make his regular-season debut next weekend.
After missing the playoffs in back-to-back years, the Braves believe they've got the pieces in place for a return to glory in 2008, and they've got a compelling argument.
ATLANTA - Evan Gattis just keeps coming through for the Atlanta Braves.
ATLANTA - Julio Teheran pitched 8 1-3 strong innings, Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves won their fourth straight game with a 5-1 victory over the struggling Minnesota Twins on Monday.
ATLANTA (AP) - Ramiro Pena got a fierce wakeup call with the bases loaded and the scored tied in the eighth inning.
ATLANTA - Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons hit consecutive homers off Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning, and the Atlanta Braves rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Braves general manager Frank Wren said Saturday left-hander Eric O'Flaherty has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
ATLANTA - Justin Upton gave Atlanta the lead with a sixth-inning grand slam and the Braves finally unveiled their full-strength lineup, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Friday night.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves are ready to put their suitcases away and take their first look at the lineup they envisioned before the season.
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters has undergone the second major elbow operation of his career and will miss the rest of the season.
PHOENIX - Tim Hudson's dominance over the Arizona Diamondbacks ended on Wednesday, leaving the veteran right-hander second-guessing himself.
PHOENIX - Patrick Corbin allowed three hits in seven innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks turned an infield double into two runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 Tuesday night.
PHOENIX - Justin Upton snapped a 14-game homerless drought and had four hits to help the Atlanta Braves rout the Diamondbacks 10-1 on Monday night in his return to Arizona.
SAN FRANCISCO - Fredi Gonzalez left the Atlanta Braves for two games following a series-opening victory at San Francisco to attend his daughter's college graduation in Georgia.
SAN FRANCISCO - Madison Bumgarner didn't take any personal satisfaction from his first career victory over the Atlanta Braves.
SAN FRANCISCO - Matt Cain pitched eight strong innings and San Francisco beat Tim Hudson for the first time in seven years in the Giants' 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
SAN FRANCISCO - Brian McCann hit a two-run homer and an RBI single in his third game this season after coming off the disabled list, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Thursday night to begin a four-game series between NL division leaders.