ATLANTA - Flanked by his family, his former manager and a group of teammates he hates to leave behind, Chipper Jones choked up a bit and delivered the news that's been looming for years:
LAKELAND, Fla. - Justin Verlander hardly needed to win the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards to boost his confidence.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Carlos Beltran is more concerned with health than spring training stats.
Braves top Blue Jays
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jason Heyward hit a grand slam off starter Wandy Rodriguez for his second home run in three games, and Michael Bourn hit a two-run homer as the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros, 9-5, in a spring training game Friday night.
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Dontrelle Willis pumped his fist with the enthusiasm of a guy getting a meaningful out late in the season, and then blessed himself and pointed to the sky as he walked off the mound.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Stephen Strasburg has that feeling again, the one that made him a phenom in 2010 before injuring his elbow.
JUPITER, Fla. - This start for Carlos Zambrano against the Atlanta Braves went a lot better for him than his previous one.
JUPITER, Fla. - Carlos Beltran has recovered from the flu and is ready to get back to playing ball.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Yankees want to ease the pressure on Michael Pineda.
TAMPA, Fla. - Julio Teheran kept the ball in the ballpark, and the result was a much better outing.
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves have started off their exhibition season horribly, and manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't liking it.
LAKELAND, Fla. - Miguel Cabrera's first home run of the spring was quite a sight. Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland would rather see some more groundballs hit at his new third baseman.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jair Jurrjens might have been the best pitcher in the National League in the first half of last season.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Brandon Inge lost his job at third base when Detroit moved Miguel Cabrera across the infield to make room for first baseman Prince Fielder. Instead of sulking, he volunteered to play second base.
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.