SAN DIEGO- Tim Stauffer and Will Venable stepped up when the San Diego Padres needed it most.
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 - Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.
ATLANTA - The last time Alex Wood started against Miami at Turner Field, he pitched eight strong innings before losing 1-0 to Jose Fernandez.
ATLANTA - A month ago, Jarred Cosart was a struggling pitcher on a team out of playoff contention. Now, he is trying to help Miami inch closer in the wild-card race.
ATLANTA - Justin Upton is having quite a month.
NEW YORK - Mike Minor took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning after hitting a double and single himself, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets 6-1 Thursday night.
NEW YORK - Jason Heyward hit a leadoff home run off Zack Wheeler, Julio Teheran won his third straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 3-2 Wednesday night to stop a three-game losing streak.
NEW YORK - This is the wrong time for the rest of Atlanta's lineup to leave Justin Upton all alone.
CINCINNATI - Aaron Harang figures he's covered first base thousands of times in his career.
CINCINNATI - Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and boosted Cincinnati's struggling offense by hitting a double and scoring the only run as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Saturday night.
CINCINNATI - Justin Upton made the lost no-hitter a little easier to take.
CINCINNATI - Atlanta's rallies came so often and went so long that manager Fredi Gonzalez worried his starter would lose his touch while sitting on the bench.
PITTSBURGH - Justin Upton dropped a routine fly ball to left-centerfield in the ninth inning which set the stage for Gaby Sanchez's game-winning sacrifice fly that capped a late-inning comeback as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night.
PITTSBURGH - Justin Upton smashed his 24th home run of the season to spoil Andrew McCutchen's return as the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.
PITTSBURGH - Ervin Santana said "everything" was off when he took the mound Monday.
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