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Preview: Braves at Mets

The New York Mets look to build upon a promising road trip when they open a nine-game homestand Friday with the first of three against the Atlanta Braves. One of the top road teams in the National League last year, the Mets went 6-3 on their first 2014 excursion, capped by a three-game sweep in Arizona. Dillon Gee tossed seven scoreless innings and Anthony Recker homered in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Diamondbacks as New York (8-7) moved over .500 for the first time since a 10-9 start in 2013.

Preview: Braves at Phillies

Baseball’s unbalanced schedule places an even higher importance on playing well within one’s division, and the Atlanta Braves are off to a good start again versus their National League East rivals. The Braves play the second of four games at Philadelphia on Tuesday after winning a wild 9-6 series opener a day earlier to improve to 7-3 against East teams, one season after going an NL-best 47-29 en route to the division title.

Preview: Mets at Braves

Ervin Santana makes his Atlanta Braves debut when they host the New York Mets on Wednesday in the continuation of a three-game series. Santana signed a one-year deal with the Braves on March 12 and was only able to pitch five innings in spring training before getting in one outing for Triple-A Gwinnett, for whom he allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings. The veteran is coming off a solid season for Kansas City after spending his first eight years with the Los Angeles Angels.

Preview: Mets at Braves

The Atlanta Braves open their home schedule Tuesday when they welcome in the rival New York Mets for the first of three straight. Atlanta had the best home mark in baseball in 2013 with a franchise record-tying 56 wins at Turner Field. The Braves, who are coming off a 2-1 loss in the finale of a series in Washington, will be marking the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which broke Babe Ruth's longtime record.

Preview: Braves at Nationals

The Washington Nationals entered last season as the favorites in the National League East, but their inability to solve the Atlanta Braves contributed greatly to their inability to challenge for a division crown. The Nationals will get their first crack at challenging the reigning NL East champions Friday when they host the opener of a three-game set against the Braves. Although Washington finished second in the division in 2013, it went 6-13 against Atlanta to finish 10 games off the pace.

Atlanta Braves - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH Opening the checkbook for two young team mainstays, the Atlanta Braves spent $148.3 million on Feb. 4. The Braves didn't just avoid arbitration with first baseman Freddie Freeman and right fielder Jason Heyward; they locked them up to multiyear deals. Freeman's contract was the eye-catcher: eight year, $135 million. It is the richest deal in franchise history, and it averages $16,875,000 annually through 2021.

Atlanta Braves - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH Brian McCann was a seven-time National League All-Star, but the Atlanta Braves insist they are in good shape behind the plate despite the catcher's departure to the New York Yankees. General manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez reiterated at the winter meetings that Evan Gattis will be the everyday catcher next season, with veteran Gerald Laird as his primary backup.

County commissioners approve deal for $672M Braves stadium outside of downtown Atlanta

MARIETTA, Ga. - The Atlanta Braves are a step closer to moving out of downtown Atlanta, the Major League Baseball team's home for the past 47 years. The Cobb County Commission in suburban Atlanta voted 4-1 Tuesday night to approve a new $672 million stadium, which officials hope to open for the 2017 season at a site 10 miles northwest of the Georgia capital city's downtown.

Preview: Braves at Dodgers

(Updated: Corrects starting time) Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez seeks a little help from his teammates when the Dodgers host the Atlanta Braves in Sunday’s Game 3 of the National League Division Series. Ramirez homered, doubled twice and drove in all three runs in a Game 2 loss that saw Atlanta even up the series at a game apiece. The Braves had just six hits but turned three double plays in Friday’s 4-3 victory.

Preview: Dodgers at Braves

The Atlanta Braves struck out 15 times in a series-opening loss and now have to deal with Los Angeles right-hander Zack Greinke when they host the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Friday. Atlanta hitters fanned 12 times in seven innings against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the opener and must fare better against Greinke to avoid heading to Los Angeles in an 0-2 hole. The Braves have lost four consecutive home postseason games.
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