ATLANTA - Houston's bullpen picked up the Astros' starting pitchers in two weekend wins over the Braves. Now the relievers may have to find a way to pick up one of their own.
ATLANTA - Cecil Cooper believes his Houston lineup is too good to be tied for last in the majors in runs, so he called on his biggest "horses" to hit.
ATLANTA - Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run homer and drove in another run to help the Braves beat the Houston Astros 7-2, spoiling Mike Hampton's return to Atlanta on Friday night.
ATLANTA - Brian McCann's latest experiment with new contact lenses has ended, and the Atlanta Braves' All-Star catcher plans to try to resume his season while wearing glasses.
ATLANTA - Jo-Jo Reyes wasn't included in many preseason projections for the Atlanta Braves' rotation.
ATLANTA - Some of the St. Louis Cardinals' six hits in the fifth inning looked like ugly bloopers to the Atlanta Braves.
ATLANTA - No matter how hard he tried, Matt Diaz couldn't get hit by ball three in his helmet, so he made certain the next pitch from Kyle McClellan hit his bat.
ATLANTA - Joel Pineiro is usually content just letting his defense make plays.
ATLANTA - Braves pitcher Tom Glavine felt better about his ailing left shoulder after throwing in the outfield Monday, but the 305-game winner still isn't sure if he'll be able to extend his career.
CINCINNATI - All Micah Owings needed was some run support. Jay Bruce provided more than enough.
CINCINNATI - Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones already had an impressive track record against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
CINCINNATI - The best thing the Atlanta Braves did was stand and watch.
CINCINNATI - The Atlanta Braves placed outfielder Garret Anderson on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a strained left thigh.
WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals had almost as much trouble at home as they did while dropping their first six road games this season.
WASHINGTON - Thanks to a suddenly stout bullpen, the Washington Nationals finally have their first winning streak of 2009.
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