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MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH Wood proves sturdy as starter ATLANTA -- Because of Alex Wood's quirky delivery, the Atlanta Braves thought he might be most effective in short doses coming out of the bullpen. The chances of the left-hander ever getting that role, though, seem slim to none now. Wood has been just too good as a starter, no matter what the Braves' eventual needs are.

Preview: Marlins at Braves

Jose Fernandez won’t forget the final start of his 2013 National League Rookie of the Year campaign, and the Atlanta Braves won’t either. Fernandez takes the mound as the Miami Marlins visit Atlanta on Tuesday for the second game of a three-game set, Fernandez’s first appearance against the Braves since Sept. 11, a game in which Fernandez got the win and hit a home run that cleared the benches when Atlanta took issue with his reaction to the homer.

Atlanta Braves - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH Wood proves sturdy as starter ATLANTA -- Because of Alex Wood's quirky delivery, the Atlanta Braves thought he might be most effective in short doses coming out of the bullpen. The chances of the left-hander ever getting that role, though, seem slim to none now. Wood has been just too good as a starter, no matter what the Braves' eventual needs are.

Atlanta Braves - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH NEW YORK -- The only thing to go right for right-hander Craig Kimbrel on Saturday night was the most important thing. Kimbrel was pulled from the ninth inning for just the third time in his career Saturday, when he gave up two runs and allowed five of the seven batters he faced to reach base before fellow right-hander Jordan Walden escaped a bases-loaded jam by inducing a groundout to close out the Braves' two-run win over the Mets.

Atlanta Braves - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH NEW YORK -- The only thing to go right for right-hander Craig Kimbrel on Saturday night was the most important thing. Kimbrel was pulled from the ninth inning for just the third time in his career Saturday, when he gave up two runs and allowed five of the seven batters he faced to reach base before fellow right-hander Jordan Walden escaped a bases-loaded jam by inducing a groundout to close out the Braves' two-run win over the Mets.

Atlanta Braves - PlayerWatch

LHP Mike Minor had his scheduled rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett rained out Friday, when the game at Charlotte was postponed. It is not yet known if Minor will start one of the two games in Saturday's scheduled doubleheader. Minor, who came down with a sore left shoulder during spring training, is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings in three rehab appearances (two starts) spread out over three levels.

Atlanta Braves - PlayerWatch

1B Freddie Freeman was the only player in the Braves lineup to reach base twice, drawing a walk in the first inning and picking up a single in the sixth. The 24-year-old slugger is hitting .289 with four home runs and 10 RBIs thus far on the season, with eight walks against just seven strikeouts. His career walk-to-strikeout ratio is below 1:2, at this pace he'll shatter his season marks for walks (66 last year) and fall short of his career high in strikeouts (142 in 2011).

Atlanta Braves - PlayerWatch

1B Freddie Freeman was the only player in the Braves lineup to reach base twice, drawing a walk in the first inning and picking up a single in the sixth. The 24-year-old slugger is hitting .289 with four home runs and 10 RBIs thus far on the season, with eight walks against just seven strikeouts. His career walk-to-strikeout ratio is below 1:2, at this pace he'll shatter his season marks for walks (66 last year) and fall short of his career high in strikeouts (142 in 2011).

Braves at Phillies, ppd.

Braves at Phillies, ppd.: Tuesday’s second game of a four-game set between Atlanta and host Philadelphia was postponed due to rain. A makeup date has not been announced, although the game will not be made up either Wednesday or Thursday. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters Tuesday’s scheduled starter, rookie David Hale (0-0, 2.89 ERA), will move to the bullpen and the Braves will pitch Julio Teheran (1-1, 2.84) in his regular turn Wednesday.

Preview: Indians at Tigers

The Detroit Tigers were able to claim their third straight American League Central title a season ago due in large part to their domination of the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers, who went 15-4 against the Indians in 2013, look to repeat that success starting Wednesday when they host Cleveland for the first of two games following Tuesday’s postponement. Detroit used its advantage over the Indians last year to go 47-29 inside the division, allowing the Tigers to finish one game ahead of Cleveland.
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