DENVER - Maybe early in the season, Colorado manager Jim Tracy pulls his starters and puts in a pitcher for mop-up duty. Not now, not with the Rockies trying to stay in the playoff race.
CHICAGO - Derrek Lee struggled in his first game with the Atlanta Braves and still had a good time.
ATLANTA - Back from the minors, John Lannan is racking up quality starts and trimming points from his ERA.
ATLANTA (AP) - Little-used Diory Hernandez sparked Atlanta with a pinch-hit homer, All-Star Martin Prado returned from the disabled list with three hits and Mike Minor claimed his first big league win, 10-2 over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA - Melky Cabrera's two-run single off Octavio Dotel with the bases loaded in the ninth inning capped a three-run rally that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
ATLANTA - Tim Hudson extended his dominant stretch of starts with three-hit ball for eight innings and Brooks Conrad homered in the seventh to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones said Friday he will report to spring training next year with the Braves as he attempts a comeback from major knee surgery.
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones may have played his last game in the major leagues after tearing up his left knee while fielding a ground ball.
HOUSTON - After getting blown out in the first game and needing late rallies to win the other two, Braves manager Bobby Cox was pleased to escape Houston with a series victory.
HOUSTON - Brooks Conrad's two-run homer in the ninth inning powered the Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
HOUSTON - Hot-hitting rookie Chris Johnson drove in three runs, including two in Houston's six-run seventh inning, and the Astros took advantage of sloppy play by the Atlanta Braves in a 10-4 win on Monday night.
ATLANTA - Eric Hinske snapped an 0-for-17 hitless streak with a tiebreaking, sixth-inning home run off Tim Lincecum to help the Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.
ATLANTA - Brian McCann drove in three runs with a homer and two doubles and the Atlanta Braves overcame an injury to starter Kris Medlen to beat the New York Mets 8-3 Wednesday night.
ATLANTA - Jeff Francoeur hit a go-ahead solo home run in the ninth inning off Braves closer Billy Wagner and the New York Mets snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA - Tim Hudson pitched six solid innings and Rich Ankiel drove in two runs with his first hit as a Brave, a two-run single in a three-run first inning that helped Atlanta to a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets on Monday.
ATLANTA - Jason Heyward stirred up enormous expectations when he joined the Atlanta Braves at age 20. He homered in his first big league at-bat. He was voted to the All-Star Game as a rookie. He was hailed as the future of the game by Hank Aaron.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on Monday.
ATLANTA - John Schuerholz completed what he called "the best negotiation of my entire career" by convincing his longtime friend John Hart to accept the role of president of baseball operations.
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