WASHINGTON - Even Washington Nationals opening day starter Livan Hernandez wishes Stephen Strasburg could take that assignment Thursday.
ATLANTA - Nick Blackburn looked ready for the regular season before problems in Minnesota's bullpen kept him from winning his final spring start.
ATLANTA - The clickety-clack of spikes has been replaced by nice, quiet sneakers. Otherwise, it's hard to detect much of a difference between Fredi Gonzalez and the guy he replaced in the Atlanta Braves dugout.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Brandon Beachy has won the job as the Atlanta Braves' fifth starter, beating out fellow rookie Mike Minor and veteran Rodrigo Lopez.
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Atlanta pitcher Jair Jurrjens said the feeling along his right ribcage Thursday was nothing more than a cramp caused by dehydration. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, taking no chances, pulled his starter after one inning against Toronto.
JUPITER, Fla. - Kyle McClellan made another strong statement in his bid for the St. Louis Cardinals' vacant starting spot. He has been endorsed by pitching coach Dave Duncan, and is on a schedule that would allow him to start the second game of the season.
JUPITER, Fla. - Kyle Lohse was so efficient he became the first member of the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation to work six innings this spring - without coming close to his pitch limit.
TAMPA, Fla. - Tommy Hanson wasn't totally happy with his latest start despite a positive outcome.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Kyle McClellan got a confidence boost in his bid to make the Cardinals' rotation on Thursday.
JUPITER, Fla. - Josh Johnson labored through another difficult inning in spring training, then found what he had been looking for: his rhythm.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Tim Hudson gave up a run in two innings in his spring debut, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 on Wednesday.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Brett Myers looked exactly one month ahead, to opening day against the Philadelphia Phillies.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Derek Lowe didn't want to throw breaking balls Monday in his first start of spring training for the Atlanta Braves.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Forgive Nate McLouth for having a convenient case of amnesia.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Chipper Jones was done. Through. Ready to go home and spend some time with his four boys.
ATLANTA - Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Thursday.
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night.
ATLANTA - Cole Hamels held the Braves to four hits through seven innings, Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta 2-1 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs, Andrelton Simmons had two RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves won their third straight game with a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
CHICAGO - Dan Uggla's future in Atlanta was in question Sunday after the Braves suspended the struggling second baseman for their final game before the All-Star break.
CHICAGO - Chris Johnson had three hits, including his third homer in two days, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 10-7 on Sunday to remain near the top of the NL East at the All-Star break.
CHICAGO - Chris Johnson and the Atlanta Braves capitalized on a day when the ball was flying at Wrigley Field.
NEW YORK - Aaron Harang allowed four hits in seven innings, and theAtlanta Braves used early offense against Bartolo Colon to beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Thursday night and avert a four-game sweep.
NEW YORK - David Wright ignited a tiebreaking rally in the seventh inning with a hustle double, Travis d'Arnaud gave Dillon Gee some cushion with a two-run drive later in the seventh and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Wednesday night for their first four-game winning streak in a year.
NEW YORK - Rookie Jacob deGrom struck out 11 in seven shutout innings and also delivered a table-setting hit from the No. 8 spot in the batting order as the New York Mets tagged All-Star Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Tuesday night.
NEW YORK - Curtis Granderson and David Wright are expected to deliver big hits for the Mets. When they get one from Ruben Tejada, it's a bit of a surprise.
ATLANTA - Alex Wood's plan was to make sure he didn't let Paul Goldschmidt beat the Braves.
ATLANTA - Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons wasted no time recovering from a rare two-error inning.
ATLANTA - The Braves, finding new ways to create runs, have regained the lead in the NL East with their best two-week stretch of the season.
ATLANTA - Chris Johnson hit a three-run double, Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 3-1 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.