ATLANTA - Mike Hampton's long procession of comeback attempts is taking an emotional toll that forced him to at least briefly consider retirement.
ATLANTA - Now that John Smoltz is going to be a closer when healthy, the Braves will need to find another starter for the rest of the season.
ATLANTA - Manager Bobby Cox said Friday that John Smoltz is likely to return as the Atlanta Braves' closer when he comes off the disabled list.
ATLANTA - Tim Hudson had just about everybody in the Atlanta clubhouse relieved. Maybe the Braves' starting rotation hasn't quite reached a crisis point yet.
ATLANTA - Facing the prospect of trying to make it through the season with an aching shoulder, John Smoltz is pondering another dramatic career change.
WASHINGTON - The Atlanta Braves simply cannot win a one-run game.
The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Slumping Ryan Zimmerman spent some time working with Barry Larkin before the game, and then had a season-high three hits, including a homer and tiebreaking two-run double, to lead the Washington Nationals past the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Tuesday night. Zimmerman and Nick Johnson hit consecutive solo shots in the third inning off Tom Glavine, who was coming off his ...
WASHINGTON - Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with an ailing right shoulder, though the Braves were told he can get over the problem without surgery.
NEW YORK - Mets fans were still disappointed with first baseman Carlos Delgado even after he broke out of his 3-for-34 slump Sunday. Their only regret this time was he didn't come out of the dugout for a curtain call following his second home run.
ATLANTA - After lasting only four innings Sunday in New York, Braves pitcher John Smoltz returned to Atlanta on Monday and is to have his troublesome right shoulder examined on Tuesday.
NEW YORK - Tim Hudson repeatedly said he felt fine after another perplexing start. Just one bad inning, he said.
NEW YORK - Tom Glavine got a cup of coffee Friday and walked around Manhattan.
ATLANTA - The Florida Marlins have been trying to get Matt Lindstrom to rely on his upper-90s fastball a little more. He did just that Wednesday, only Lindstrom didn't throw his best heater to the plate. He threw it to first.
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones had another birthday to remember, right down to teammate Brian McCann's belly flop of a slide.
ATLANTA - John Smoltz got two standing ovations, a video tribute and a congratulatory text message from his friend Greg Maddux on the night he joined the 3,000 strikeout club. About the only thing he didn't get was a victory. Smoltz became the 16th pitcher in major league history to reach the plateau, but was outpitched by John Lannan in the Washington Nationals' 6-0 ...
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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