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7/8/2014 | Heyward recalls beaning after near-miss

Jason Heyward was thinking about removing the face guard that he has worn on his batting helmet since his jaw was fractured by Mets left-hander Jon Niese's fastball last Aug. 21. But he altered his thinking Monday night when he watched Mets southpaw reliever Josh Edgin's 94-mph heater sail over his head as he stood in the same Citi Field batter's box where Niese had hit him.

7/8/2014 | Fredi still flummoxed over 'neighborhood' call

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez knows he may be fined for saying, "It's one of the worst calls I've ever seen," in reference to the reversal of a disputed challenge of a "neighborhood play" that occurred during the ninth inning of Monday night's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Mets.

7/8/2014 | After two-month layoff, Mets' Gee returns to mound

Although the Mets are dealing with the absence of lefty Jon Niese, they will compensate Wednesday night with the return of righty Dillon Gee, who makes his first start in nearly two months as he faces righty Ervin Santana and the Braves at Citi Field.

7/8/2014 | Third in tight Final Vote race, Upton seeks fan support

If Justin Upton is going to win this year's Final Vote Sponsored by Experian, he will need to garner greater support over the next 50-plus hours. When the first balloting updates were released Tuesday afternoon, Upton stood in third place in the National League. The Rockies' Justin Morneau leads the NL's five candidates, and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo sits in second place.

7/8/2014 | Bryant, Betts highlight First-Half All-Prospect team has put together a First-Half All-Prospect team, featuring the prospects who performed the best during the first few months of the 2014 season. The list includes Cubs 2013 first-round Draft pick Kris Bryant and a trio of Red Sox, led by Mookie Betts.

7/8/2014 | Despite injuries, Braves manage success on field

The Atlanta Braves should be toast by now. That they're still atop the National League East speaks volumes about this franchise, not just the manager or the players or the farm system, but the larger thing, the franchise.

7/8/2014 | Sale, Morneau leading close Final Vote races

Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau and White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, two veterans who played key roles in past All-Star victories, were each leading tight races after the first 36 hours of balloting in the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.

7/7/2014 | 'Neighborhood play' at center of controversial review

The "neighborhood play," a subject of much discussion earlier this season, came to the fore again at Citi Field on Monday night. While neighborhood plays are no longer reviewable in most circumstances, umpires in the Braves-Mets game ruled that a play in the bottom of the ninth inning was not a neighborhood play, so they reviewed it. Upon review, the original out call on the Mets' Eric Campbell was overturned.

7/7/2014 | Teheran to attend All-Star Game, likely won't pitch

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was prepared to alter his rotation had he been informed that Julio Teheran's All-Star selection was dependent on whether he would be available to pitch in the game. But he was glad that he was never forced to make this decision that might have bothered some of his other starting pitchers.

7/7/2014 | Gattis not expected back right after All-Star break

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez remains hopeful that Evan Gattis will be healthy enough to return to his lineup within the next couple of weeks. But he does not believe his big catcher will be activated from the disabled list immediately after the All-Star break.

7/7/2014 | Braves crafting campaign to boost J-Up in Final Vote

There was no reason for the Braves to panic when they learned Justin Upton would be a part of this year's Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Just a year ago, they spearheaded a successful marketing campaign that helped Freddie Freeman garner a record-setting vote total.

7/7/2014 | Chasing Braves, Mets win in 11 on Tejada's single

Monday night's walk-off, 11-inning, 4-3 win over the Braves at Citi Field represented a small but impactful step in the right direction for the Mets. Ruben Tejada delivered the game-winning single off Anthony Varvaro in the 11th, after Juan Lagares sparked the rally with a one-out double.

7/7/2014 | Braves grab lead with late rally, but fall to Mets in 11

An eighth-inning rally provided indication the Braves were ready to extend their recent success. But after Luis Avilan surrendered a costly home run in the bottom half of the same inning, the Mets gained the life they needed to claim Monday night's 4-3, 11-inning win at Citi Field.

7/7/2014 | All-Star Teheran, rookie deGrom meet again

For the second time in a week, it'll be Jacob deGrom and Julio Teheran on the hill as the Mets and Braves continue their series. The two young pitchers will take the mound at Citi Field on Tuesday for the first time since they opposed each other at Turner Field in Atlanta last Wednesday.

7/6/2014 | J. Upton selected as NL Final Vote candidate

When it appeared Yusiel Puig was the clear favorite to win last year's Final Vote Sponsored by Experian, Braves fans helped Freddie Freeman pull off an upset with a record-setting amount of votes. Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is hoping to get similar support from this same loyal fan base.

7/6/2014 | Kimbrel, Freeman, Teheran named All-Stars

Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman will be present to help Julio Teheran make the most of his first All-Star Game experience.

7/6/2014 | You again? Dice-K, Minor match up once more

When Daisuke Matsuzaka and Mike Minor square off on Monday night, each will have a degree of familiarity with his opponent even greater than when division rivals usually play each other, as they matched up in their most recent starts, on Tuesday at Turner Field in an eventual 5-4 Atlanta win.

7/6/2014 | Despite Wood, Braves' winning streak ends at nine

Paul Goldschmidt's two-run home run proved to be enough for Wade Miley, who guided the D-backs to a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field. The Braves proved unsuccessful in their attempt to manufacture runs much like they had while winning their previous nine games.

7/5/2014 | Simmons overcomes errors, injury scare in gritty effort

Along with matching a career high by tallying four RBIs in Saturday's 10-4 win over the D-backs, Andrelton Simmons bruised his left ankle, backside and pride. But the confident smile he displayed as he sat at his locker after the game provided the Braves plenty of reassurance.

7/5/2014 | Braves optimistic Gattis will return after All-Star break

The Braves remain hopeful that Evan Gattis will return to their lineup after the All-Star break. But as of Saturday, they were still waiting to see how Gattis reacts to an epidural injection he received.

7/5/2014 | After shaky start, Braves sail to ninth win in a row

After encountering a three-run hole before they took their first swing, the Braves began chipping away at their early deficit and eventually cruised to a 10-4 win over the D-backs on Saturday at Turner Field for their ninth straight win.

7/4/2014 | B.J. Upton finding steady success in leadoff role

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez did not have a sound reason when he moved B.J. Upton into the leadoff role on June 23. But nearly two weeks later, he has also not found a reason to remove Upton from this role.

7/4/2014 | Miley looks to cool down red-hot Braves in finale

In the finale of the three-game weekend set on Sunday at Turner Field, the D-backs will look to salvage the series behind Wade Miley while Atlanta sends out Alex Wood, who will try to give the Braves their 10th consecutive win.

7/4/2014 | Braves could alter rotation for Teheran to pitch in ASG

The Braves are thinking about altering their rotation to give Julio Teheran a chance to pitch in this year's All-Star Game. Teheran is currently lined up to start against the Mets on Tuesday and against the Cubs on July 13, two days before the game will be played.

7/4/2014 | Old friends Ahmed, La Stella meet on big league field

When the D-backs selected shortstop Nick Ahmed from Triple-A Reno on June 29, he texted Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella to share the news. Once La Stella heard, he reacted excitedly.

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