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MLB Power Rankings: Atlanta Braves move into top spot

<i>Following is the Major League Baseball Power Rankings chosen by South Jersey Times baseball writer Bill Evans. New rankings appear every Sunday.</i><p>1. …

Cost of Braves stadium deal rises $18 million

Cobb County political leaders last fall assured taxpayers that their financial commitment toward a new Atlanta Braves stadium would be capped at $300 …

Harang tosses 7 no-hit innings in 6-0 win over Mets

NEW YORK – A million bucks generally won’t get you much on baseball’s free-agent market these days, but pitcher Aaron Harang is proving to be a major …

David Wright breaks up Braves' no-hit bid with two outs in 8th

NEW YORK -- Aaron Harang knew the score, he'd done this before: No hits, too many tosses.<p>Harang didn't allow a hit for seven innings but was pulled …

Nightengale: Braves again win arms race

Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren couldn't believe what he was seeing.<p>The Braves had already lost veterans Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm to free agency during the winter. Now, in a span of 24 hours, Wren watched as starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy walked off the mound in spring training …

Atlanta Braves’ Julio Teheran Proves Standing as Legitimate Ace

There’s no way that anyone thought that after one full season in the major leagues, <b>Julio Teheran</b> would be the ace of the <b>Atlanta Braves‘</b> pitching …

Atlanta Braves' Biggest Early-Season Surprises and Disappointments

The Atlanta Braves are a streaky team, so naturally they will pull off a thrilling comeback (Monday night) while mixing in some clunkers (two shutout losses).<p>To this point the Braves have been mostly up as they sport a 9-4 record and early division lead.<p>We have seen some surprising and …

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Braves, Cobb detail stadium construction schedule

For the first time, the Atlanta Braves and Cobb County have spelled out a detailed schedule for building the team’s planned new stadium near …

Time for the Braves to cut Dan Uggla

I've always liked Dan Uggla, a guy who has fought for respect his entire career. An 11th-round pick in 2001 out of the University of Memphis, the …

Phillies Fans' Reactions To Dan Uggla's Grand Slam Are Amazing

Your most compelling sports video of the year comes from ESPN, which caught these Phillies fans taunting Dan Uggla—then being rudely interrupted by …

Baseball

Braves listed as Nationals’ owner on Wikipedia page

A sweep at the hands of the Braves has apparently promoted an ownership change for the Nationals.<p>On the franchise’s Wikipedia page, owner has been …

Ervin Santana, Braves agree to deal

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday on a $14.1 million, one-year contract with right-hander Ervin Santana, bolstering their …

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Green Bay Packers: Should the Packers Try to Sign Jimmy Graham?

Jimmy Graham has been franchise tagged by the New Orleans Saints, and already people are speculating on whether a team will give up two first-round draft picks to offer the Saints in exchange for him.<p>On Monday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that the Seahawks and Packers should consider the …

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Green Bay Packers Free Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors and Grades

The Green Bay Packers are heading into the 2014 free-agency period in great position to make a significant splash, boasting over $35 million in salary-cap space, according to spotrac.com.<p>Green Bay went 8-7-1 last year, and despite missing star quarterback Aaron Rodgers for much of the second half …

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Kris Medlen injury: Braves ace needs second opinion for 'involved' ligament

Braves pitcher Kris Medlen will "likely" seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews after a cloudy MRI showed "some involvement" in the ulnar collateral ligament, possibly necessitating second Tommy John surgery.<p>Things have gone from bad to worse for Atlanta Braves fans following star pitcher …

Breakout Performances from Atlanta Braves' First Two Weeks of Spring Training

The Atlanta Braves have completed two weeks of spring training, and things are beginning to take shape.<p>Every spring training there are a few players who really stand out. This spring training has been no different.<p>While we still have three weeks left of spring training, a few players have done a …

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Kris Medlen to get second opinion

Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen had an MRI exam on Monday that revealed an "injury to the ligament" in his pitching elbow, according to …

Green Bay Packers Must Take Best-Player-Available Approach in 2014 NFL Draft

There is no denying the fact that the Green Bay Packers have their biggest needs on the defensive side of the ball. This is especially true along the defensive line and the safety position. Heck, even national media, like John McClain of the <i>Houston Chronicle,</i> understands the Packers need to add …

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How the Green Bay Packers' 2014 Season Could Be Lost in Free Agency

The Green Bay Packers should boast one of the better teams in the NFL next season. That's due in large part to the ability of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy deserve plenty of credit.<p>The key word in that first sentence is the word <i>should</i>. …

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Sam Shields Signs 4-Year, $39 Million Deal with Packers

Sam Shields' desire to test the open market apparently lasted all of a few hours. Completing a lengthy and, at times, nerve-wracking negotiation for Packers fans, Shields has agreed to a four-year, $39 million deal to stay in Green Bay.<p>ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Packers will pay Shields …

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MLB Team Needs 2014: Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves have youth, power and pitching, but they don’t come without their obvious questions.<p>The 2014 season will largely answer if the youth movement in Atlanta can actually take hold and yield the kind of success many fans believe it can.<p>Join MLB Contributor Gabe Zaldivar as he …

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Breaking Down Atlanta Braves' Key Position Battles

Last October, the Braves were ushered out of the National League Division Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Due to the nature of the LDS format, three losses in the postseason overshadowed a 96-win season in Atlanta.<p>Now, off the heels of a franchise-changing offseason, the Braves head into 2014 …

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Will Braves' Plan to Lock Up Young Stars Be Adopted by Other Large-Market Teams?

The Atlanta Braves—a mid-market team on the verge of becoming a large-market team with a new ballpark—spent the winter locking up young, ascending stars. Along the path to securing future cost certainty, the Braves inadvertently changed the business structure of large-market foes.<p>For years, …

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Spring training scores: Jason Heyward homers, Troy Tulowitzki doubles up and more

The Braves lose despite a Heyward homer, Tulo breaks out of his slump in a big way, plus scores from around the league.<p>Renewing their interleague rivalry a bit early, the Red Sox and Braves squared off in Fort Myers on Friday with a tight game that Boston broke open in the seventh inning, leading …

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Braves: Moving to Cobb County in '17

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves announced Monday they will leave Turner Field for a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 10 miles from downtown …