ATLANTA - John Smoltz returned to the Atlanta Braves as a closer, hoping the role he had from 2001-04 will help him cope with an aching right shoulder and extend his career.
ATLANTA - In the eighth inning, the fans out in right field began to congregate around the railing overlooking the Atlanta Braves' bullpen.
CINCINNATI - Ken Griffey Jr. couldn't get the big homer in his hometown, but came away smiling anyway.
CINCINNATI - Jay Bruce insists that his first career homer won't overshadow Ken Griffey Jr.'s 599th.
CINCINNATI - Rookie Jay Bruce had four hits - three of them off 300-game winner Tom Glavine - and scored on Chipper Jones' error in the 11th inning Friday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
CINCINNATI - The Atlanta Braves put outfielder Mark Kotsay on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained lower back.
MILWAUKEE - The best hitter in the big leagues has a new description for Jorge Campillo's deceptive pitches.
MILWAUKEE - Rickie Weeks hopes the Milwaukee Brewers' latest win goes a long way.
The Associated Press MILWAUKEE - Bill Hall began the night grumbling about his reduced role with the Milwaukee Brewers. He ended it by celebrating at home plate. Hall led off the ninth inning of a tie game with a bloop single, then slid across for the winning run in Milwaukee's 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Redemption? No, Hall ...
ATLANTA - Brandon Webb's 9-0 start was rare. So was his second straight loss.
ATLANTA - Mark Kotsay was held out of Monday's starting lineup after he experienced tightness in his back during batting practice.
ATLANTA - A couple of fortunate bounces helped Eric Byrnes, Micah Owings and the rest of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
ATLANTA - Some experienced relievers on the mend could begin joining the Atlanta Braves' bullpen as early as today.
ATLANTA - Jeff Francoeur was glad Randy Johnson was out of the game in the ninth inning.
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. - Atlanta Braves righthander John Smoltz reported no discomfort in his right shoulder after allowing one hit in one inning of work on a rehab assignment with the Class AA Mississippi Braves.
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.
NEW YORK - Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining a collection of steroid-tainted holdovers that include Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
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