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.
SAN DIEGO - Mike Minor has had poor outings in three of his last four starts for the Atlanta Braves, meaning there's a good chance manager Fredi Gonzalez could pull him from the rotation.
LOS ANGELES - Julio Teheran battled Clayton Kershaw until the end only to come up a hard-luck loser, sending the Atlanta Braves out of town with three straight losses to the first-place Dodgers.
CHICAGO - The contending Atlanta Braves have acquired infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever James Russell from the Chicago Cubs for catching prospect Victor Caratini.
LOS ANGELES - Alex Wood gave up just one run, Justin Upton tied the game in the ninth inning, and the Atlanta Braves still lost their second straight.
LOS ANGELES - Tommy La Stella put together his second straight three-hit game and fourth since making his major league debut in late May. Freddie Freeman broke out of his slump, too. Their offense just wasn't enough to keep Atlanta's winning streak going.
ATLANTA - Ervin Santana knew in the very first inning his slider would be tough to hit.
ATLANTA - Freddie Freeman had three hits and an RBI, Julio Teheran earned his 10th win and the Atlanta Braves took advantage of Ordisamer Despaigne's control problems to beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Rookie Jesse Hahn allowed only three hits in six innings to remain unbeaten on the road and the San Diego Padres beat Atlanta 5-2 on Friday night to continue their recent success against the Braves.
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.