Yankees Vs. Braves: Atlanta Swept By Evil Empire

Tim Hudson pitched well in a 3-2 loss for the Braves.

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Atlanta Braves Lose Three Winnable Games To New York Yankees

It was a rough series for the Atlanta Braves this weekend against the red-hot Yankees. Despite large crowds of 40,000+ in all three games, the Braves were unable to cash in on what seemed like countless scoring opportunities as they lost all three games.

Atlanta dropped game one of the series by a score of 3-0. Ivan Nova pitched very well and Nick Swisher's leaping grab of what looked like a two-run homer from Brian McCann loomed huge for the Yankees momentum in the middle innings. The Braves hit a lot of balls well through nine innings, but they simply did not catch any breaks in this one.

Mike Minor was surprisingly great for 7.1 innings of work in the second game of the series, but a few bloops and a few blasts somehow brought the Yankees from trailing 4-0 to leading 6-4 in the eighth inning, headlined by Alex Rodriguez's grand slam. Fredi Gonzalez called it the toughest loss of the year, and I'm inclined to agree with him.

The series finale saw the Braves leave 13 runners on base, and their only offense was a two-run homer from Brian McCann. Curtis Granderson's two-run homer in the sixth inning proved to be the difference as Atlanta fell by a score of 3-2.

The Braves will have a day to reflect on things on Thursday before taking the diamond once again Friday night against the slumping Baltimore Orioles.

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Eric O'Flaherty Injury: Braves Reliever Hoping To Avoid Trip To Disabled List

The Braves are hoping that Eric O'Flaherty can avoid a trip to the disabled list with a few more days of rest for his ailing elbow.

"We feel if we can get [O'Flaherty] through these next couple games, he'll be fine," Gonzalez said. "Our training staff is telling us if we can get him through these next couple days, he'll be fine. You hate to DL him and then we go to New York, with all those left-handers and all those switch-hitters you want to hit right-handed, with one lefty. We'll bring in a fresh arm with a day off [Thursday] and alleviate the pressure on [O'Flaherty] and on us to DL him."

O'Flaherty said that the injury wasn't serious and the rest was precautionary but admitted that the elbow was stiff. Atlanta missed him on Tuesday as Jonny Venters allowed a game-tying grand slam to Alex Rodriguez in the eighth inning. Cory Gearrin relieved Venters and served up a two-run homer to Nick Swisher.

The Braves sent Gearrin down on Wednesday and called up Anthony Varvaro to add a fresh arm to the pen. O'Flaherty is expected to throw a bullpen session on Friday and reassess the situation.

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Braves vs. Yankees Score: Atlanta Swept By Evil Empire After 3-2 Loss

The Atlanta Braves lost their fourth straight game on Wednesday night, dropping the series finale to the New York Yankees by a score of 3-2. Despite a scoring chance in seemingly every innings, Brian McCann's two-run homer in the sixth inning was all the Braves would muster offensively.

Tim Hudson pitched well for most of the evening, working six innings of three-run ball. Hudson did not walk a batter and surrendered just six hits, although one of those was a costly two-run homer to Curtis Granderson that gave New York a 3-2 lead. Hudson struck out eight Yankees.

Hiroki Kuroda dipped in and out of trouble all evening, but still managed to go six innings and allow just two runs on nine hits and two walks. He struck out eight.

The big blow of the night came in the eighth inning. With runners on first and third and just one out, Martin Prado stepped to the plate. He fell behind 0-2 and then grounded a sinker weakly to shortstop Derek Jeter, who ignited a 6-4-3 double play. Atlanta left 13 men on base.

The Braves have an off-day on Thursday and return to play a three-game series on Friday with the Orioles.

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Atlanta Braves Transactions: Cory Gearrin Optioned To AAA, Anthony Varvaro Recalled

Fredi Gonzalez will have a fresh arm for Wednesday's contest against the New York Yankees, as Goznalez' Braves look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Bronx Bombers.

On Wednesday, the Braves announced that reliever Cory Gearrin has been optioned to AAA, and Anthony Varvaro has been recalled to take Gearrin's spot on the active roster.

Varvaro, who turns 28 in October, has pitched well for the Gwinnett Braves. Through 25.2 innings, Varvaro posted a 2.81 ERA, allowing 27 hits while issuing 12 walks and striking out 35. Though the WHIP (1.52) is concerning, Varvaro's strikeout rate has been very good. In his last 10 appearances, Varvaro has allowed 18 base runners in 13.2 innings while striking out 22.

Gearrin, who was just called up on Sunday, made two appearances for the Braves before being optioned back to AAA.

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New York Yankees Vs. Atlanta Braves: Wednesday Lineups

Tim Hudson gets the start for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, as the Braves look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, as well as avoid a fourth straight loss.

Both Fredi Gonzalez and Joe Girardi have announced the starting lineups for Wednesday night's contest, and they are as follows:

New York Yankees

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Nick Swisher
C Russell Martin
SP Hiroki Kuroda

Atlanta Braves

CF Michael Bourn
LF Martin Prado
C Brian McCann
2B Dan Uggla
3B Chipper Jones
RF Jason Heyward
1B Eric Hinske
SS Andrelton Simmons
SP Tim Hudson

Heyward returns to the lineup after a night off on Tuesday, replacing Matt Diaz in the lineup. Starting Diaz paid dividends for Gonzalez on Tuesday, as Diaz gave the Braves a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a bases clearing double.

Also of note is Freddie Freeman's absence from the lineup, as Hinske gets the start at first base.

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Braves Vs Yankees: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

The Atlanta Braves will try and salvage a game from the New York Yankees on Wednesday night, after their bullpen collapsed in a crushing loss Tuesday night. Tim Hudson will get the start for the Braves, coming off of seven days of rest following ankle pain after his last start, a shutout win in Miami. Hudson will be pitching for the first time since receiving cortisone shots in his ankle, a move that pushed back his scheduled start. Hiroki Kuroda will get the start for the Yankees, and is 1-4 all-time in starts against Atlanta.

Date / Time: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Peachtree TV, Fox Sports South, ESPN

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680, WLBA 1130

Probable Starters: Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) vs. Tim Hudson (4-2)

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Eric O'Flaherty Sitting Out A Few Days With Sore Elbow

The Atlanta Braves are expecting to be without reliever Eric O'Flaherty while he deals with soreness in his pitching elbow.

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Brandon Beachy Dealing With Elbow Soreness, Will Start On Saturday

Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy will get a couple of extra days off before making his next start after experiencing a sore elbow.

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Braves vs. Yankees Score: Bullpen Blows It For Atlanta In 6-4 Loss

Mike Minor's phenomenal start on Tuesday night against the Yankees was ruined by awful pitching from the Braves' bullpen and some timely hitting from New York. Atlanta took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on a three-run double from Matt Diaz and added on a run in the seventh, but the wheels came off after that.

Minor was great in his 7.1 innings of work, allowing just one run to score on five hits and a walk. He was pulled after surrendering a harmless one-out single to Derek Jeter in the eighth, leaving to a standing ovation at Turner Field.

Jonny Venters entered and gave up a seeing-eye single to Curtis Granderson. He then walked Mark Teixeira to load the bases. Venters fell behind Alex Rodriguez 3-0, but battled to make the count full. He threw a low fastball to A-Rod and the slugging third baseman did not miss it, lining a home run over the left field wall to tie the game. Robinson Cano then followed with a single, ending Venters' pathetic outing.

Cory Gearrin trotted in from the bullpen and allowed a two-run homer to Nick Swisher, giving the Yankees a 6-4 lead. Atlanta was unable to mount a rally in the eighth or ninth inning, dropping their third-consecutive game.

The loss marks the first time the Braves have lost when they've lead after six innings.

The two clubs will wrap up their series on Wednesday evening at 7:10.

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Braves vs. Yankees Lineups: Jason Heyward Sits In Favor Of Matt Diaz

Following a rough 3-0 loss on Monday night to Ivan Nova and the Yankees, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to make a change to his normal lineup for Tuesday's showdown (beat down?) with CC Sabathia. The Braves will send Matt Diaz out to right field instead of Jason Heyward, which is mind blowing considering J-Hey is the far-superior defender and is finally showing signs of life at the plate.

At the same time though, this is the same silliness that Gonzalez has done ever since arriving in Atlanta. We're at a point where nothing really surprises me anymore. Here is the lineup for tonight.

Michael Bourn - CF
Martin Prado - LF
Brian McCann - C
Dan Uggla - 2B
Matt Diaz - RF
Chipper Jones - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Andrelton Simmons - SS
Mike Minor - SP

First pitch from Turner Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EST.

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Braves Vs. Yankees: Game 2 Preview, TV Info And More

The Atlanta Braves look to bounce back from their series-opening loss to the New York Yankees, who are now riding a four-game winning streak heading into to Tuesday's game.

New York took the first game in Atlanta on Monday with a 3-0 shutout. For the Braves, it was their second straight loss, but they are still winners of seven of their last 10 games. The Yankees are actually 8-2 in 10-game time span.

On Tuesday, the Atlanta hitters will face CC Sabathia (7-3, 3.69 ERA), while Mike Minor takes the mound for the Braves (3-4, 6.57 ERA). Take a look here at the game schedule:

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 12, 7:10 p.m. CT

Location: Turner Field

TV: YES, PTV

Online streaming; MLB.tv

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Braves Vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova Shuts Down Atlanta In 3-0 Braves Loss

Ivan Nova allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings, helping his own cause with his first-career Major League hit, as the Yankees downed the Braves 3-0 on Monday night in Atlanta.

The Yankees opened the scoring in the first inning, when Robinson Cano singled to center to score Alex Rodriguez. That would turn out to be all New York needed. In the second, Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run to double the lead. In the third inning, Randall Delgado threw a wild pitch that allowed Rodriguez to score from third.

Four Yankee relievers combined to allow zero Atlanta baserunners in the final two innings.

Delgado went five innings in the start for Atlanta, allowing the three earned runs on five hits and six walks, while striking out five. Michael Bourn and Martin Prado each went 1-for-4 at the plate. The Braves have now lost back-to-back games since a six-game winning streak.

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Atlanta Braves Vs. New York Yankees: Monday Game Lineups Announced

The Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees lineups for the first game of their three-game series have been announce for Monday. Atlanta is looking to table the Yankees momentum after the bombers just came off a series sweep against their local interleague rival New York Mets.

Here is a look at the Monday lineups for both teams:

Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
9. Randall Delgado (R) P

Yankees

1. Derek Jeter (R) SS
2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B
4. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Raul Ibanez (L) LF
7. Nick Swisher (S) RF
8. Russell Martin (R) C
9. Ivan Nova (R) P

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Braves Vs. Yankees: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

The Braves and Yankees, both red hot and looking to take over first place in their respective divisions, meet up at Turner Field for a three-game series starting Monday.

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Atlanta Braves Welcome In Yankees To Turner Field For Three-Game Series

The Braves are 5-1 against the AL East this season.

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MLB Standings: Braves Sitting 2 Games Out Of First Place In NL East

The Atlanta Braves are trying to keep pace with the Washington Nationals for the NL East lead, but currently the Braves are in second place and two games out of first place. The Nationals have gone on a three-game winning streak while the Braves have moved up in the standings by winning two of three from the Blue Jays, and winning seven of their last eight games.

The NL East is one of the more competitive divisions in baseball as the Mets and Marlins are 4.5 and five games back, while the Phillies are eight games out of first place, so the Braves need to keep winning to avoid falling down the standings.

The Braves next slate of games is a three-game home series against the New York Yankees.


NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Washington 35 23 .603 0 Won 3
Atlanta 34 26 .566 2 Lost 1
New York 32 29 .524 4.5 Lost 3
Miami 31 29 .516 5 Lost 6
Philadelphia 29 33 .467 8 Lost 2

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