KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jason Heyward reaches into the basket, pulls out a ball, places it on the tee and stares out toward the empty mound.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - When Dan Uggla arrived for spring training with the Atlanta Braves, he felt at home.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Tim Hudson remembers when he was the young gun in the clubhouse.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Craig Kimbrel is excited about his new locker in the Atlanta Braves' spring training clubhouse.
ATLANTA - Julio Teheran was not even born in 1990 when Steve Avery joined Tom Glavine and John Smoltz in the Braves rotation. Atlanta, which added Greg Maddux for the 1993 season, won six Cy Young Awards in the decade.
ATLANTA - Hank Aaron recognized the look. Just not the feel.
ATLANTA (AP) - Bobby Cox is returning to the dugout - but only for one exhibition.
ATLANTA - Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson said Thursday his right shoulder is feeling good and he expects to be on a regular routine for the start of spring training.
ATLANTA - One year has made a big difference in Chipper Jones' outlook.
ATLANTA - Brandon Beachy did his best to forget what happened at the end of last season.
ATLANTA - There has been no flashy free agent signing, no blockbuster trade this offseason for the Atlanta Braves.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to one-year deals with outfielder Michael Bourn for $6.845,000, starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens for $5.5 million and reliever Eric O'Flaherty for $2.49 million.
By BEN WALKER
CLEVELAND - Derek Lowe's durability - and price tag - were too much for the Cleveland Indians to resist.
ATLANTA - A franchise known for its postseason flops switched to fast-forward this time.
CINCINNATI - Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bases-loaded single during Atlanta's decisive third inning, and the Braves extended their offensive resurgence with an 8-0 victory over the fading Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.
PITTSBURGH - Justin Upton dropped a routine fly ball to left-centerfield in the ninth inning which set the stage for Gaby Sanchez's game-winning sacrifice fly that capped a late-inning comeback as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night.
PITTSBURGH - Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons homered to begin a six-run first inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the sliding Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory.
ATLANTA - Mike Minor needed a reason to believe he could work his way back to his 2013 form.
ATLANTA - Chris Johnson drove in two runs with three hits, Julio Teheran threw six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves edged the suddenly struggling Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Despite hitting only .229 in the first 12 games in August, Dee Gordon remained confident in his approach as he refused to make changes that might lead to bad habits.
ATLANTA - Ervin Santana won his sixth straight start at Turner Field, Justin Upton drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and the Atlanta Braves snapped a two-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
ATLANTA - Kevin Correia won in his debut with the Dodgers, outpitching All-Star Julio Teheran and leading Los Angeles over the slumping Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Monday night.
ATLANTA - A visit from the Washington Nationals came at just the right time to fire up the Atlanta Braves.
ATLANTA - A long rain delay and extra innings tested the Washington Nationals' mental and physical strength.
ATLANTA - Stephen Strasburg can't explain why he has struggled on the road this season.
SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners handed Atlanta its eighth straight loss, with Dustin Ackley and Logan Morrison hitting home runs in the third inning to beat the Braves 7-3 Wednesday.
SEATTLE - When a team is struggling, even sure-handed players make mistakes.
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres' previously inept offense has become resurgent and it's leading to more victories.
SAN DIEGO - Craig Kimbrel had no one to blame but himself.