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ATLANTA - The clickety-clack of spikes has been replaced by nice, quiet sneakers.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.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Having finished up yet another mundane drill, the Atlanta Braves begin making their way toward an adjacent field for the next phase of their spring training workout.
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman had seen this game before. It looked so very familiar to the first baseman and the sliding Atlanta Braves.
ATLANTA - Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and the Atlanta Braves are running out of time and patience.
ATLANTA - Christian Bethancourt had a three-run single to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Wednesday night and preserve their fading playoff hopes.
ATLANTA - The Washington Nationals are again champions of the NL East, wrapping up their second division title in three years against the team that knocked them out of the top spot last season.
ATLANTA - The Braves are still more than two years away from moving into their new suburban ballpark.
ATLANTA - Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Robinson Chirinos hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, sending the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
WASHINGTON - Adam LaRoche kept up his torrid stretch with two hits and two RBIs, and the Washington Nationals essentially put to rest any thought that there is still a serious race for the NL East title with a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON - Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings, leading the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series between the top teams in the NL East.
MIAMI - Evan Gattis hit a leadoff homer in the 10th inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
MIAMI - Jarred Cosart pitched into the eighth inning, Marcell Ozuna had four hits and four RBIs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 11-3 on Friday night.
ATLANTA - Christian Bethancourt paid close attention to the Braves' hitting woes, even when he was with Triple-A Gwinnett.
ATLANTA - Kyle Kendrick allowed only three hits in seven scoreless innings, Carlos Ruiz homered and drove in two runs, and the Philadelphia Phillies shut out the struggling Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA - With their playoff hopes uncertain, Atlanta's struggling batters picked a bad time to get no-hit by Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia relievers.