KISSIMMEE, Fla. - It's been more than two decades since very few baseball experts gave the Atlanta Braves a legitimate shot to win the NL East.
ATLANTA - Look for plenty of introductions when the Atlanta Braves report for spring training Friday.
ATLANTA - The Braves are bringing back former first baseman Fred McGriff and ex-hitting coach Greg Walker.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - When John Smoltz plopped down in a director's chair inside the Baseball Hall of Fame and stared at all the bronze plaques on the walls, the moment was both magical and a bit overwhelming.
ATLANTA - The Braves are trying to be optimistic after a flurry of offseason moves signaled the franchise going into rebuilding mode.
ATLANTA - The Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason Friday, dealing right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd.
ATLANTA - The Braves have added another contender to their outfield competition by claiming Eury Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Pedro Martinez's Hall of Fame plaque will feature a Boston Red Sox cap.
ATLANTA - Infielder Kelly Johnson and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor league contract.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves are clearly rebuilding.
The Atlanta Braves' rebuilding effort has claimed another fan favorite.
ATLANTA - John Smoltz completed a unique path to baseball's Hall of Fame.
NEW YORK - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz appear to be shoo-ins for election to the Hall of Fame in what is shaping up as the baseball writers' biggest class of inductees in 60 years.
ATLANTA - A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
ATLANTA - Landing another of baseball's top power hitters, the San Diego Padres acquired Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton on Friday in a trade that sent four prospects to the Braves.
TORONTO - Jonny Gomes drove in four runs to back Shelby Miller, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday.
TORONTO- Alex Wood and the Atlanta Braves held Toronto's lineup in check for much of the game. Just not long enough.
TORONTO - While Jonny Gomes is waiting for a pinch-hitting opportunity, he's never going to be forgotten about. He moves too much and makes too much noise to ever be overlooked.
ATLANTA - Dan Haren needed one inning to get used to home plate umpire Alan Porter's strike zone. Once he started hitting his spots, Haren built momentum to keep Atlanta's hitters guessing.
ATLANTA - Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez believes Trevor Cahill will pitch better during his next turn in the rotation.
ATLANTA- Alberto Callaspo hit a tiebreaking single in Atlanta's two-run fifth inning and the Braves held off Miami in the ninth inning to beat the Marlins 3-2 on Monday night in a game slowed by two rain delays.
ATLANTA - Alex Wood had enough problems against the Mets without giving up Bartolo Colon's first RBI in a decade.
ATLANTA - The season is only five days old, and Freddie Freeman likes what he sees from the Atlanta Braves' situational hitting.
ATLANTA - Phil Gosselin had a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning, Cameron Maybin homered and the Atlanta Braves won their home opener with a 5-3 victory over the sloppy New York Mets on Friday night.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves are set to introduce their roster, including an all-new outfield, to their home fans.
MIAMI - A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer and five pitchers combined on a six-hitter Wednesday to help the Atlanta Braves complete a three-game sweep by beating the Miami Marlins 2-0.
MIAMI - At least it didn't rain.
MIAMI - Even without Craig Kimbrel, the Atlanta Braves' bullpen was terrific on opening day.
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres couldn't start the season without yet another blockbuster deal by first-year general manager A.J. Preller.
MIAMI - For fans who seek an amusingly theatrical start to the season, Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez will deliver.