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 - The Braves finalized their 25-man roster on Saturday, optioning pitcher Buddy Carlyle to Triple-A Richmond and handing Jeff Bennett the final spot in the bullpen.
ATLANTA - Bobby Cox saw Tom Glavine in the clubhouse and was transported back to the days when the Atlanta Braves always won their division and finished among the ERA leaders.
ATLANTA - Two days before opening day, the Atlanta Braves claimed infielder Ruben Gotay off waivers from the New York Mets and shipped first baseman Scott Thorman to Triple-A Richmond.
ATLANTA - Fausto Carmona can't wait for the regular season to start.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jeff Bennett lost so much weight after last season that Braves manager Bobby Cox didn't recognize him at the start of spring training.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The last thing Willie Randolph wanted to see four days before the Mets' season opener was Oliver Perez sprawled face down on the first-base line - and not moving.
BRADENTON, Fla. - Right-hander Tyler Yates, a hard-throwing reliever who probably wasn't going to make the Atlanta Braves' opening day roster, was traded Wednesday to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Double-A right-hander Todd Redmond.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves answered most of the questions about who will make their 12-man pitching staff with one trade.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Atlanta right-hander John Smoltz threw in the bullpen for about 20 minutes Thursday and called the session his "best day" of the spring.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Tim Hudson was happy with his final tuneup for Atlanta's season opener, while the New York Mets decided not to let their NL East rivals get a good look at Johan Santana.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - John Smoltz decided not to test his sore right shoulder Monday, opting to postpone a throwing session that could determine whether he opens the season on the disabled list.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Braves general manager Frank Wren said Monday he expects to make at least one trade before Sunday's season-opening game at Washington.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Jake Westbrook struck out eight over six perfect innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Atlanta Braves 8-0 Monday.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Marquis Grissom is back in an Atlanta Braves uniform, giving him an opportunity to promote his efforts to put uniforms on Atlanta kids who otherwise might not have the chance to play organized games.
ATLANTA - Bobby Cox had only a few rules.
Second baseman Elliot Johnson, third baseman Paul Janish and right-hander Cristhian Martinez became free agents when the Atlanta Braves failed to offer 2014 contracts on Monday night.
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