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Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis, left, celebrates with Adeiny Hechavarria (24) after hitting a game-winning home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Braves' Markakis hits walkoff HR after opting into season

Aug. 6, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Markakis promised before Thursday night's game that hitting was “the least of my worries” in his first start of the season. He then showed why. Markakis capped his dramatic return with a game-ending home run in the ninth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 4-3 win...

Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley (27) celebrates with teammate Freddie Freeman without contact after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue JaysTuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Riley's 3-run homer helps Fried, Braves beat Blue Jays 10-1

Aug. 4, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried boosted Atlanta's depleted rotation by allowing only one run in six innings, Austin Riley hit a three-run homer and the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Tuesday night. Riley pulled a 3-2 pitch from Matt Shoemaker into the Blue Jays' bullpen behind the left-field wall in...

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom works during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Brutal night: Soroka out for season, Mets beat Braves 7-2

Aug. 4, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Jacob deGrom's typically strong performance was overshadowed by a devastating injury to another of baseball's top pitchers. Mike Soroka is done for the year. DeGrom struck out a season-high 10 in six innings and the New York Mets snapped a five-game skid Monday night with a 7-2 victory over...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis waits to take batting during baseball spring training in North Port, Fla. Markakis is returning to the Braves, three weeks after announcing his decision to opt out of the 2020 season due to his concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Braves' Markakis returns 3 weeks after opting out of season

Jul. 29, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Markakis is returning to the Atlanta Braves, three weeks after announcing he was opting out of the season due to his concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Markakis, the veteran outfielder who is in his sixth season with Atlanta, said Wednesday he changed his mind about sitting out...

New York Mets pitcher Rick Porcello reacts during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, July 26, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Porcello flops in Mets debut, Swanson's 5 RBIs lead Braves

Jul. 27, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rick Porcello was staggered in his New York Mets debut by Dansby Swanson and the Atlanta Braves. Swanson tied his career high with five RBIs, and the Braves chased an erratic Porcello during the third inning of a 14-1 blowout Sunday night. “This is a dream of mine since I was a kid,"...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud watches during a spring training baseball game in Sarasota, Fla. The Braves are without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Árnaud, for Friday’s opening game at the New York Mets after both players showed symptoms of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Braves missing catchers Flowers, dÁrnaud with virus symptoms

Jul. 24, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

The Atlanta Braves will be without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud, for Friday's opening game at the New York Mets after both players showed symptoms of the coronavirus. Manager Brian Snitker said Friday that Flowers and d'Arnaud have tested negative for the coronavirus but did not...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman looks over his shoulder as he enters the batting cage during a baseball workout in St. Louis. Freeman does not know if he has time to be ready for the Braves' opener at the New York Mets. Following a scary journey in his battle with COVID-19, Freeman knows he is grateful to even have a chance. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Freeman prayed 'Please don't take me' during COVID-19 fight

Jul. 19, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman doesn't know if he has time to be ready for the Atlanta Braves' opener. Following a scary journey in his battle with COVID-19, Freeman is grateful to even have a chance. On Saturday, the four-time All-Star revealed he had a high temperature of 104.5 degrees early in his...

Baltimore Orioles director of baseball administration Kevin Buck, left, and field coordinator Tim Cossins wear masks to protect against COVID-19 as they talk during an intrasquad game at baseball training camp Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

As MLB 60-game season draws near, careful optimism prevails

Jul. 17, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

With the start of Major League Baseball's shortened season a week away, games in empty stadiums and strange extra-inning rules are on the verge of becoming reality. Now that players have gotten used to COVID-19 tests, social distancing and wearing masks in the clubhouse, it's just about time to see if 30 teams...

Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) reacts after popping out to second baseman Ozzie Albies during a practice baseball game, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Braves' Acuña has even bigger role in shortened 2020 season

Jul. 14, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. isn't letting the coronavirus pandemic silence his love of baseball. The empty seats at the Atlanta Braves' newly renamed Truist Park have left Acuña with more space to yell encouragement, sing and joke during workouts. Sometimes he teases or encourages his buddy,...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey wipes sweat from his forehead during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, Ariz. Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Posey announced his decision on Friday, July 10, 2020. He says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rosters

Jul. 10, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the sidelines. Later Friday, the Chicago White...