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Spencer Strider and Dylan Dodd shine, Braves B-squad explodes in split squad action

Spencer Strider and Dylan Dodd shine, Braves B-squad explodes in split squad action

Photo by Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves/ Spencer Strider showed off his new curveball in one game, while Forrest Wall worked hard in cementing his roster spot in the other The Atlanta Braves played their first set of split squad games on Thursday, with Dylan Dodd making his 2024 Spring Training debut taking on the Rays on the road, and Spencer Strider leading things off on the mound against the Twins at home. Strider was backed by mostly projected starters in the lineup, while Dodd had an offense behind him that outside of Marcell Ozuna, Jarred Kelenic, and Travis...
13 hours ago
Braves Notes: Brian Snitker on Tyler Matzek, Ken Giles

Braves Notes: Brian Snitker on Tyler Matzek, Ken Giles

Photo by Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves/ Brian Snitker discussed the spring debuts of a pair of veteran relievers Thursday in North Port. Tyler Matzek made his much-anticipated return to the mound for the Atlanta Braves this past Monday. That was the first time he had been on a mound in a game since October 5, 2022. Matzek underwent Tommy John surgery not long after that final appearance and began the long road back. Matzek allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning Monday against the Orioles and got through the outing healthy and feeling good which is...
17 hours ago
Braves Split Squad game thread

Braves Split Squad game thread

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports The Braves have two games on tap Thursday including Spencer Strider making his second appearance of the spring. The Atlanta Braves will be in split squad action on Thursday. One group of players will make the trip to Port Charlotte to take on the Rays while the other will host the Twins at CoolToday Park in North Port. Spencer Strider will make his second appearance of the spring at home against the Twins. Minnnesota will go with right-hander Chris Paddack. Dylan Dodd will make his spring debut for the group traveling to Port Charlotte...
18 hours ago
Battery Power TV: Matzek’s return, Strider’s new pitch among early spring stories for Atlanta Braves

Battery Power TV: Matzek’s return, Strider’s new pitch among early spring stories for Atlanta Braves

Photo by Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves/ BP TV takes a closer look at Tyler Matzek’s return and Spencer Strider’s new pitch. The Atlanta Braves got their Grapefruit League schedule started and already have a some newsworthy happenings in those first few days. Spencer Strider flashed a potentially deadly new pitch in a live batting practice session and liked it so much it made a few appearances during his start in Atlanta’s opening exhibition contest. Will this new offering throw a curveball at hitters who thought it was already hard enough facing the MLB strikeout...
19 hours ago
2024 MLB Season Preview: Detroit Tigers

2024 MLB Season Preview: Detroit Tigers

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via The Tigers are hoping that they did enough this offseason to contend in the AL Central. The Detroit Tigers remain a team in transition. That may sound familiar, because they have been in transition for several seasons now. Detroit bottomed out in 2019 by losing 114 games. They finished last in the AL Central again in the shortened 2020 season, but then made progress in 2021, improving to 77-85. They were a trendy pick heading into 2022 and attempted to make a splash with the additions of Eduardo Rodriguez and Javier Baez. That...
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This Day in Braves History: Hank Aaron signs a record-breaking contract with Atlanta

This Day in Braves History: Hank Aaron signs a record-breaking contract with Atlanta

Braves Franchise History 1972 - Hank Aaron signs a record breaking contract with the Atlanta Braves that will pay him $200,000 annually over three years. MLB History 1888 - Cincinnati Red Stockings catcher Kid Baldwin slugs the umpire during a spring training game in New Orleans during an argument and narrowly escapes arrest. 1940 - The First National Bank of Chicago tries to force a sale of the White Sox by the heirs of the late J. Louis Comiskey. A judge denies the effort and rules that Mrs. Grace Comiskey can keep the club for their 14-year old son, Charlies II, until he...
22 hours ago
Updated Atlanta Braves Roster

Updated Atlanta Braves Roster

Photo by Scott Cunningham/ An updated look at the Braves 40-man Roster. We will be tracking every Braves roster move here from the start of spring through Opening Day so be sure to check back for updates. Last updated 2/29/24 If you are on a mobile device then this table is best viewed in landscape mode. *Denotes Player not on active roster Transactions 2/29 - Atlanta announced that LHP Hayden Harris and RHP Taylor Widener were reassigned to minor league camp. 2/2 - The Braves announced a list of 23 non-roster invitees for Spring Training. 1/26 - Atlanta acquired OF...
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Braves News: Michael Harris II’s hot start, AJ Smith-Shawver’s shaky outing, more

Braves News: Michael Harris II’s hot start, AJ Smith-Shawver’s shaky outing, more

Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta Braves news and notes from Wednesday The Braves’ center fielder appears ready to step into stardom in his third season, while one of their top pitching prospects in AJ Smith-Shawver had a shaky first outing. Smith-Shawver allowed two homers on sliders, both to legitimate Philadelphia regulars. On the upside for AJ, his fastball was lighting up the radar gun (touching 99 MPH) and he did strike three Phillies out in two innings, which is promising in a miniscule sample, as didn’t miss bats in his stint in the majors at the...
Feb 28, 2024
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Feb 28, 2024
Braves vs. Phillies Spring Training game thread

Braves vs. Phillies Spring Training game thread

Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via AJ Smith-Shawver makes his spring debut for Atlanta Wednesday. The Atlanta Braves will head to Clearwater Wednesday for a Grapefruit League matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies. AJ Smith-Shawver will make his spring debut Wednesday while the Phillies will go with right-hander Tyler Phillips. The Braves will send a lineup of mostly reserves out for Wednesday’s game with the exception of Michael Harris and Jarred Kelenic. Harris will leadoff and play center while Kelenic will be in left and will hit third. Luis...
Feb 28, 2024
2024 MLB Season Preview: Cleveland Guardians

2024 MLB Season Preview: Cleveland Guardians

It will be a new era in “The Land” as Stephen Vogt takes over as manager of the Guardians. | Photo by Jason Miller/ Cleveland will look to rebound from a disappointing end to the 2023 season under the stewardship of a new manager for the first time in more than a decade. For 11 seasons, the Cleveland Guardians were managed by likely future Hall of Game manager Terry Francona. Until last season, the Indians-turned-Guardians finished below the .500 mark only one time — a 80-82 record in 2021 — during Francona’s tenure in Cleveland. But after a total of 23...
Feb 28, 2024
This Day in Braves History: February 28th

This Day in Braves History: February 28th

Braves Franchise History 1955 - The National League fines the Milwaukee Braves $500 for opening their spring training camp before the official March 1 start date. MLB History 1903 - A group headed by Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss and James Porter purchases the Philadelphia Phillies from John Rogers. It will be another seven years before ownership in more than one team will be prohibited. 1941 - The Brooklyn Dodgers defeat the New York Giants to begin their spring training schedule in Havana, Cuba 4-3. 1959 - Mikey Mantle ends his holdout after one day agreeing to a $72,000...
Feb 28, 2024
Braves News: Chris Sale makes spring debut, prospect talk, and more

Braves News: Chris Sale makes spring debut, prospect talk, and more

Photo by Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves news and notes from Tuesday The Atlanta Braves continued play in the Grapefruit League with a matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. The Braves dropped the game 13-4, but Chris Sale made his spring debut and looked absolutely filthy. Chris Sale looked terrific in his first spring outing! pic.twitter.com/mvuwdYhgIf— Atlanta Braves Radio Network ️ (@BravesRadioNet) February 28, 2024 Sale tossed two innings of no-hit ball and faced six hitters. He allowed zero walks and struck out four...
Feb 27, 2024
Recap: Chris Sale looks strong in debut, Sean Murphy adds 2 hits in Braves 13-4 loss to the Pirates

Recap: Chris Sale looks strong in debut, Sean Murphy adds 2 hits in Braves 13-4 loss to the Pirates

Photo by Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves Chris Sale made his much anticipated spring debut Tuesday afternoon and looked tremendous. The Atlanta Braves took on the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida Tuesday afternoon, with Chris Sale making his spring debut. The first few starts in spring for veterans players are always a bit of crapshoot, as guys are usually just trying to knock the rust off and get a feel for things again. But don’t tell that to Chris Sale, who came out throwing seeds right from the jump this afternoon. Chris Sale strikes out four in his...
Feb 27, 2024
Braves vs. Pirates Spring Training game thread

Braves vs. Pirates Spring Training game thread

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Chris Sale will make his spring debut Tuesday in Bradenton. Chris Sale will make his spring debut for the Atlanta Braves Tuesday when they make the trip to Bradenton to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Braves acquired Sale in a big offseason trade with the Boston Red Sox in hopes that he can bring another experienced and valuable arm to their rotation. Ray Kerr is among the group of pitchers scheduled to follow Sale Tuesday. Left-hander Marco Gonzales, who was a Brave for a brief moment this offseason, will get the start for Pittsburgh....