PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: A general view of the National League and American League All-Stars during the national anthem before the start of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Meggers/Getty Images)

2011 MLB All-Star Game: Braves Pitchers Dominate, National League Wins 5-1

The Braves are well-represented at the All-Star Game, with Brian McCann, Craig Kimbrel, Jair Jurrjens and Jonny Venters making the Mid-Summer Classic and Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino playing in the Futures Game.

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2011 MLB All-Star Game Results: Jair Jurrjens Works Scoreless Sixth Inning, Craig Kimbrel Relieves Him In Seventh

It took Bruce Bochy a while to bring the National League's ERA leader into the game, but Jair Jurrjens came out and worked a quick 1-2-3 inning in the sixth on just thirteen pitches. 

With a 4-1 lead in hand, Jurrjens pounded the strike zone early and often. He struck out Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on a nasty slider in the dirt, got Jhonny Peralta to fly out to deep right field and ended the inning by inducing a sharp groundout from slugger Miguel Cabrera.

As for the game itself, the American League struck first in the fourth inning on a solo-home run from Adrian Gonzalez. The National League battled back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs on a monster home run from Prince Fielder. The ball just cleared the wall in left-center field. The NL added another run in the fifth on an RBI-single from Andre Ethier to score Rickie Weeks.

UPDATE: 7th Inning

Jurrjens got the first two outs of the seventh inning before giving up his first hit of the night, a single to Kevin Youkilis. Manager Bruce Bochy then made the trot to the mound and brought in Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, who is facing Paul Konerko. 


MLB All-Star Game 2011 Results: Brian McCann Finishes Game Hitless, Robbed By Jose Bautista

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann led off the second inning of the Midsummer Classic and faced Yankees reliever David Robertson. He was originally set to face Red Sox ace Josh Beckett, but he left the game with an undisclosed knee injury while warming up.

McCann got ahead in the count 2-1 and sent an inside fastball deep down the first base line. Jose Bautista made a remarkable diving catch in the corner to rob McCann. The ball was likely foul and just missed being a home run by ten feet or so.

As for the game itself, Roy Halladay worked two scoreless innings and didn't allow a hit or give up a walk. Matt Kemp drew a 2-out walk in the first inning against Jered Weaver, but Prince Fielder flew out to end the inning. Lance Berkman followed McCann with the first hit of the ballgame, a line drive single up the middle off Robertson.

UPDATE: 2nd At-Bat

Following a 3-run home run by Prince Fielder to give the National League a 3-1 lead, McCann came up to face Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson. He popped a 1-1 fastball up in foul territory and was caught by third baseman Kevin Youkilis. BMac left the game following the at-bat for Yadier Molina.


2011 MLB Futures Game: Julio Teheran Makes Start, Arodys Vizcaino Impresses

The Atlanta Braves were well-represented at the 2011 MLB Future's Game on Sunday afternoon. Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino, who were both recently listed as top-20 prospect in Baseball America's most recent prospect rankings, pitched for the World Team and impressed scouts and fans everywhere.

Julio Teheran, who was ranked 4th, made the start and wowed the Chase Field crowd with a bevy of high-90's fastballs and his devastating changeup. He gave up a leadoff homer on a 3-2 pitch to Jason Kipnis, but retired the next three batters on twelve pitches, including a strikeout of top-prospect Bryce Harper.

The 20-year old out of Colombia had this to say regarding making the start for his team:

"(I was) very emotional about (making the start)." "It's a great honor, especially when you consider all the stars we have here in this clubhouse."

Despite not coming into the game until the seventh inning, Arodys Vizcaino required just six pitches to get through his inning. He struck out highly-regarded prospect Wil Myers on three pitches and got the next two to fly out harmlessly.

"I'm proud to be here representing the [Braves] team. It makes me feel I'm a little closer to the big leagues," said Vizcaino, whose pride was enhanced by being able to turn to his left and see fellow Atlanta rep Teheran. "It's a great thing to be here together. Having [Julio] here also makes me feel more comfortable."

These two pitchers, along with Randall Delgado, who was ranked 44th by Baseball America have a chance to do something special in Atlanta and join an already-stellar pitching staff. The Braves should feel very lucky to have these three pitchers in their system.


MLB All-Star Game 2011: Craig Kimbrel, Not Tommy Hanson, Likely Replacing Matt Cain

Sometimes things just work themselves out. After San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy selected about 77 of his own pitchers to the National League's All-Star Game roster, it turns out Matt Cain will likely not be able to play in the ASG due to his Sunday night start against the Mets. Atlanta Braves reliever Craig Kimbrela noted snub, is expected to take Cain's spot according to David O'Brien.

Tommy Hanson is more deserving than at least one of those remaining Giants pitchers, but that's life. Better than nothing, right?

After Chipper Jones' injury forced the star third baseman out of the Midsummer Classic, Atlanta would be back to fielding four All Stars if Kimbrel's inclusion comes through.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for complete All-Star Game coverage. For more Braves news, be sure to check out Talking Chop, and head to Baseball Nation for your general MLB needs.


Chipper Jones To Miss All-Star Game

Chipper Jones, who was selected for the 2011 All-Star Game by the player's vote, will miss this week's Mid-Summer Classic as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Jones was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday morning and is planning to stay in Atlanta instead of attending the festivities.

The injury, which has hampered Jones for multiple weeks, has gotten increasing worse by the day and he can barely take a swing when batting right-handed. Chipper had multiple cortisone injections in the knee in hopes of sticking it out and being able to play in likely his final All-Star Game, but the injections didn't work.

It makes sense for the third baseman to have surgery now. He'll get an entire week of rest and would only miss two games and it puts him on pace to re-join Atlanta around August 1 for the playoff push. Martin Prado should be back by next week and his impact on the lineup should help minimize the loss of Chipper.


2011 MLB All-Star Game: McCann Finally Starts, Chipper Gets One Last Go

For the second year in a row, the Atlanta Braves will be well-represented at the All-Star Game. Brian McCann was named a starter by the fans and Chipper Jones, Jair Jurrjens and Jonny Venters were all selected by either their teammates or manager Bruce Bochy.

For McCann, it's about damn time the fans around Major League Baseball finally make the right decision for who should be representing the National League behind the plate. It only took five years. The 2010 All-Star Game MVP will likely hit in the middle of the NL's lineup and will be responsible for catching Roy Halladay, Jair Jurrjens and (probably) Cliff Lee. That's a big task, but if anyone can do it, it will be the man we all loving call "Heap".

The players voted Chipper Jones in and this will likely be the final All-Star Game for our beloved third baseman. Chipper, who doesn't exactly have great numbers this season, will backup Placido Polanco at the hot corner and should at least get an at-bat or two. There is a chance Chipper isn't able to play should he decide to have his inevitable knee surgery in the next week, but this is a big honor for Jones to be voted in by his peers around the league. Expect No. 10 to give it everything he has at the Mid-Summer Classic.

Jair Jurrjens deserves to be the starting pitcher, but it looks like Roy Halladay will take those honors. The exposure to the national media while playing in the Mid-Summer Classic will be a fun experience for Jair and the entire country will learn of our talented 24-year old out of Curacao.

Jonny Venters was the fourth and final Braves selected and rumor has it he's already warming up in the bullpen for the game. He'll probably pitch six innings.

A big congratulations is in order for each of our four representatives. Making the Mid-Summer Classic is a dream come true for most players. Best of luck to BMac, Chipper, Jair and Jonny. 


2011 MLB All Star-Game Rosters: Jair Jurrjens, Jonny Venters, Chipper Jones Join Brian McCann

The rest of the 2011 MLB All-Star Game rosters have been announced, with Atlanta Braves Jair Jurrjens (first appearance), Chipper Jones (seventh) and Jonny Venters (first) joining starting National League catcher Brian McCann, who's making his first career start in his sixth straight appearance. Somehow Jurrjens won't get the starting honor, but life is hard.

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies; Joel Hanrahan of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals; and Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres, along with Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong, Brian Wilson and Tim Lincecum of the Giants, make up the rest of manager Bruce Bochy's pitching staff.

The other position players joining the 2011 NL starters: Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton; Chicago Cubs IF Starlin Castro; Cincinnati Reds IF Brandon Phillips, IF Joey Votto and OF Jay Bruce; Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki; Florida Marlins 1B Gaby Sanchez; Houston Astros OF Hunter Pence; New York Mets OF Carlos Beltran; and St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday and C Yadier Molina.

Also, former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets catcher Matt Wieters earned a manager's choice nod from Ron Washington as the American League's backup catcher. And finally, fans will have an opportunity to vote in one more player for each team.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for complete All-Star Game coverage. For more Braves news, be sure to check out Talking Chop, and head to Baseball Nation for your general MLB needs.


2011 MLB All-Star Game Rosters: Brian McCann Earns First Career Start

2011 MLB All-Star Game rosters were announced early Sunday afternoon. As expected, Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves will get his first career All-Star Game start after having posted the 2010 MVP award, much to the thanks of the San Francisco Giants. This is already McCann's sixth consecutive All-Star Game appearance.

The rest of the National League starting lineup: Milwaukee Brewers 1B Prince Fielder and 2B Rickie Weeks, New York Mets SS Jose Reyes, Philadelphia Phillies 3B Placido Polanco, Brewers OF Ryan Braun, St. Louis Cardinals OF Lance Berkman and Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp.

It's up to San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy to fill out his bullpen and select a starting pitcher, which should be Jair Jurrjens if all is right with the world. We'll have an update after the rest of the NL roster is unveiled.

The 2011 MLB All-Star Game is scheduled for July 12 at Chase Field in Arizona.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for complete All-Star Game coverage. For more Braves news, be sure to check out Talking Chop, and head to Baseball Nation for your general MLB needs.


MLB All-Star Game Voting Update: Brian McCann Increases Lead, Chipper Jones Needs Help

Major League Baseball released the final voting update for this year's All-Star Game and a few Atlanta Braves were on the list.

After being snubbed for multiple years, Brian McCann is finally going to be named a starter for the Mid-Summer Classic. McCann, who currently has more than three million votes, leads Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina by more than a million votes and has all-but-clinched himself the starting spot baring something wild. Congratulations, Brian. You've earned it.

Chipper Jones has made a big push in recent weeks, but he remains in second place among National League third baseman and sits more than a million votes behind Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco. While one final All-Star game would've been great for Chipper, four days of rest would probably be even better.

As far as pitchers go, one would have to imagine Bruce Bochy selecting at least a few members from the Braves' pitching staff. Tommy Hanson has been one of the better starting pitchers in baseball and is returning from the disabled list after missing two weeks with an inflamed shoulder. Despite a meltdown on Sunday afternoon, Jonny Venters remains as the best reliever in the National League and Craig Kimbrel should get a good look as well.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for complete All-Star Game coverage. For more Braves news, be sure to check out Talking Chop


MLB All-Star Game: Braves Pitchers Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino Selected For Futures Game

Life is pretty good for Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino.

The two right-handed pitchers were selected for the Futures Game this morning and both will be representing the World team. Teheran made the team last season, while this will be Vizcaino's first appearance.

So what is the Futures Game? It's part of the All-Star Game festivities and is generally played the day before the Mid-Summer Classic takes place. Pitchers (and I'm guessing Julio Teheran will be the starter) tend to only pitch one or two innings, but it gives them great exposure to the national media and gives them a feel for playing in a Major League stadium. Same goes with hitters, only they get a few at-bats before leaving the game.

A big congratulations to both of our talented pitchers. Making the Futures Game is no easy task and only the best in the Minor Leagues get to attend the event. Here is a complete roster for the US Team and World Team.

The game is usually televised on the ESPN network.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta and Talking Chop for complete updates and analysis on Teheran, Vizcaino and the rest of our promising prospects.

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