June 10, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Livan Hernandez (61) pitches in the fifth inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Braves vs. Blue Jays: Bullpen Struggles Lead To Series Finale Loss

The Atlanta Braves saw their six game winnings streak snapped with a 12-4 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.

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Braves vs. Blue Jays: Atlanta Lets Series Sweep Get Away In Finale

The Atlanta Braves won the first two games of their series this weekend with the Toronto Blue Jays, but decision making from Fredi Gonzalez and an awful showing from Livan Hernandez and the bullpen cost them a game they really should have won. Let's take a look at the action from the last few days at Turner Field.

Game one saw the Braves honor John Smoltz by retiring his number, which truly was a great site to behold. Atlanta went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, but the club rallied in the 10th inning behind Jason Heyward to win 4-3.

Saturday's game was headlined by a great start from Tommy Hanson, who threw eight innings of two-run ball. Dan Uggla hit a key three-run homer in the third inning and Andrelton Simmons hit the first long ball of his career on the Braves' way to a 5-2 win.

Atlanta took an early 4-0 lead behind a dominant Julio Teheran on Sunday's series finale, but the young righty lost command in the fifth and was pulled early in favor of Livan Hernandez, who saw eight runs cross the plate as he took the mound. The Braves lost what turned out to be an ugly 12-4 game.

Next up for the Braves are the New York Yankees for what should be a great three-game series at Turner Field.

For more on the club be sure to check out Talking Chop.

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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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2012 Braves Roster: Atlanta Recalls Cory Gearrin, Options Julio Teheran Back To Gwinnett

Following Sunday's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays the Atlanta Braves announced that they had optioned Julio Teheran back to Triple A Gwinnett and had called up reliever Cory Gearrin.

Teheran was up to make a spot start with the Braves to give Tim Hudson a few extra days to get over an ankle issue he is having. Gearrin is 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA and seven saves at Gwinnett. He has experienced great command in 2012 striking out 38 batters in just 32 2/3 innings while walking eight.

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Atlanta Braves' Bullpen Falters In 12-4 Loss To Blue Jays

The Atlanta Braves dropped the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday due to some poor efforts from the bullpen and silly decisions from manager Fredi Gonzalez. The Braves led early by a score of 4-0, but Toronto rallied to win 12-4 at Turner Field.

Julio Teheran made the first start of the season in Atlanta and pitched well in the early going, but got roughed up a bit in the fifth. He was puled after just 74 pitches which seemed low, and most everyone watching the game would tell you Gonzalez was premature in pulling his young starter. Teheran worked 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on four hits and a walk, although he was not on the mound when three of those runs came across to score.

Livan Hernandez entered with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and was awful, allowing six runs to score in the inning. Hernandez, who had not pitched in nearly two weeks, went 1.2 innings and allowed five earned runs to score, ballooning his ERA up to 4.94 for the year.

Cristhian Martinez came in and worked two innings of relief and allowed three runs on six hits. Chad Durbin worked a scoreless eighth.

A frustrating loss, but the Braves have been playing very well lately. They went 6-1 this past week, which was a nice rebound after losing eight in a row about 15 days ago.

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Blue Jays Vs. Braves Starting Lineups: Chipper Jones Activated, Batting Third

Chipper Jones is back in the lineup and Julio Teheran will make his 2012 debut for the Braves as they try to win their seventh straight game and finish off an interleague series sweep over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jones was activated prior to the game from the disabled list and Jose Constanza was optioned to Triple A Gwinnett. Teheran is up to make a spot start for Tim Hudson who is dealing with a minor ankle injury.

Here is a look at the full lineups for today's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Matt Diaz (R) RF
6. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
7. David Ross (R) C
8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
9. Julio Teheran (R) P

Toronto Blue Jays

1. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
2. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) LF
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
7. David Cooper (L) 1B
8. J.P. Arencibia (R) C
9. Ricky Romero (R) P

For more on the Atlanta Braves, be sure to check out Talking Chop. Toronto Blue Jaysnews and info can be found at Bluebird Banter, and all your baseball news is available at Baseball Nation.

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Chipper Jones Injury: Atlanta Activates Third Baseman, Demotes Jose Constanza

Despite weather concerns for Sunday, the Atlanta Braves have activated third baseman Chipper Jones from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Jose Constanza back to Triple A Gwinnett.

Jones had been sidelined with a leg contusion that he suffered against Tampa Bay. Jones had a rehab stint with Atlanta's Class A affiliate in Rome on Friday and Saturday and is now ready to return to the lineup.

Constanza appeared in 12 games for the Braves and was hitting .250 with no homers and one RBI. Martin Prado returns to action as the everyday left fielder now with Jones back entrenched at third base.

For more on Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves check out Talking Chop. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Chipper Jones Injury: Braves Third Baseman Back From Rehab Assignment, Could Be Activated On Sunday

Injured Braves third baseman Chipper Jones completed his rehab stint with the Rome Braves and could be activated before Sunday's game. Braves beat writer David O'Brien reports that Jones is in the clubhouse back in Atlanta as the Braves prepare for Sunday's series finale with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jones has been sidelined with a leg contusion after taking a line drive right above the ankle during Atlanta's series in Tampa Bay at the end of May. Atlanta made a roster move on Saturday demoting back up catcher J.C. Boscan to Triple A Gwinnett and promoting top prospect Julio Teheran for a spot start in place of Tim Hudson.

Atlanta could put off Jones' activation for another day and return Teheran to the minors to make room on the roster.

For more on Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves check out Talking Chop. For more news and notes from around Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Blue Jays Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Braves go for their seventh straight win as they look to complete a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon. A seven-game streak would be their longest winning streak since 2010 and would come a mere two weeks after the team lost eight consecutive games.

Atlanta will turn to top prospect Julio Teheran who will make his 2012 debut on the mound as he gets a spot start for the ailing Tim Hudson. Teheran was 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett. Toronto will counter with Ricky Romero who is 7-1 this season with a 4.02 ERA.

The Braves took Game 1 in the series on Friday 4-3 when Jason Heyward stole third base and scored as the throw got away into left field. Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons homered on Saturday to lead Atlanta to a 5-2 win.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, June 10, 1:35 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Fox Sports South

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on the Atlanta Braves, be sure to check out Talking Chop. Toronto Blue Jaysnews and info can be found at Bluebird Banter, and all your baseball news is available atBaseball Nation.

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Braves vs. Blue Jays Score: Tommy Hanson Leads Atlanta To Sixth Straight Win

The Atlanta Braves are playing some good ball right now. The club clinched their sixth win in a row on Saturday afternoon with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, led by Tommy Hanson on the mound. Hanson worked eight innings and allowed just two runs to score on five hits and a walk, striking out four in the process.

Dan Uggla hit a huge three-run homer in the third inning off Toronto starter Drew Hutchison to give the Braves an early 3-0 lead. Jose Bautista of the Jays drove home two runs with a homer in the top of the seventh, but that was all his team would scratch across on Saturday.

Andrelton Simmons responded in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to left field, the first of his career. Jose Constanza then reached on a bunt, was moved over to second base on a bunt from Hanson and came around to score on an RBI-double down the left field line from Michael Bourn.

Craig Kimbrel came in the ninth and recorded his 18th save of the season. Uggla made a fine diving catch to record the final out of the game.

Atlanta will go for the series sweep tomorrow. First pitch from Turner Field is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. Julio Teheran will make the spot-start in place of Tim Hudson due to bone spurs in his ankle.

For more on the Braves check out Talking Chop.

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Tim Hudson Injury Update: Ankle Issues For Braves Ace Means Spot Start Duty For Julio Teheran

The Atlanta Braves will have to play Sunday's series finale versus the Toronto Blue Jays without the services of their ace pitcher Tim Hudson. Hudson has been battling lingering issues with his ankle, and the organization has decided to give the starting pitcher an off day on Sunday. Julio Teheran has been called up from Gwinnett (AAA) to start in Hudson's place.

If the Braves could get Hudson back for an interesting three-game series versus the New York Yankees on Wednesday, it could mean a ton for the Braves place in the standings. After dropping 8 in a row, the Braves have rattled off wins in 7 of their last 8. Atlanta is now just one game behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East division standings.

For more on the Atlanta Braves, be sure to check out Talking Chop. Toronto Blue Jaysnews and info can be found at Bluebird Banter, and all your baseball news is available atBaseball Nation.

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Braves Vs. Blue Jays: Saturday's Starting Lineups Announced, Freddie Freeman Will Start

The Atlanta Braves have done an excellent job in rebounding from a tough 8-game losing streak by promptly winning 7 of their next 8 games. On Saturday they will continue to keep the win column growing versus the Toronto Blue Jays, as Atlanta won with a walk-off steal from Jason Heyward 4-3 on Friday.

The Braves will send their right-handed hurler Tommy Hanson to the mound to compete versus Toronto's Drew Hutchinson. Freddie Freeman has been deemed healthy by the team doctors and will start at first base. Here are the starting lineups for both teams.

Atlanta Braves Starting Lineup

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) 3B
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Jason Heyward (L) RF
6. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
7. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
8. Jose Constanza (L) LF
9. Tommy Hanson (R) P

Toronto Blue Jays Starting Lineup

1. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
2. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
7. Rajai Davis (R) LF
8. Jeff Mathis (R) C
9. Drew Hutchison (L) P

For more on the Atlanta Braves, be sure to check out Talking Chop. Toronto Blue Jays news and info can be found at Bluebird Banter, and all your baseball news is available at Baseball Nation.

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Atlanta Braves Vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Game Preview, TV Schedule And More

After winning in a fashion that can only be described as "baseball" on Friday night, the Atlanta Braves look to take the second game of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.

Tommy Hanson gets the start on Saturday, which will mark his 13th start of the season. Hanson has pitched to the tune of a 6-4 record, 3.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP so far on the season. Hanson has struck out 63 in 68 innings of work as well, while issuing 26 walks.

Hanson's counterpart on Saturday is Drew Hutchison, a 21 year old right hander from Lakeland, Florida. Saturday will be Hutchison's 10th start in the big leagues, and his first against National League opponents. So far in his big league career, Hutchison is 5-2 with a 4.35 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and .256 BAA. Hutchison has struck out 41 in 51.2 innings of work, and he's issued 18 walks.

Televised coverage can be found on FOX Sports South. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.

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Braves Defeat Blue Jays 4-3 On Wacky Jason Heyward Walk-off Steal

On a night the Braves honored one of the more unconventional pitchers of our generation, John Smoltz, the club won what has the weirdest game of the season. Atlanta went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, did not hit a home run and scored on a balk, walk and stolen base.

Hey, this is why we love baseball.

With the score tied 303 in the bottom of the 10th, Jason Heyward led off the inning with an infield single that chopped off the plate. Jack Wilson came on to pinch-hit and bunted Heyward over to second base.

On a 1-0 pitch to Andrelton Simmons, Heyward took off for third and had the base stolen easily. Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia threw wildly to the bag, sending the ball into left field. J-Hey popped back up and sprinted home to score the winning run, turning Turner Field into a madhouse.

The Braves have now won their last five games and are 7-1 since their eight-game losing streak.

Atlanta scored first on a bases loaded walk to Dan Uggla in the third, and then scored another run on a balk in the sixth Heyward also drove in a run with an RBI-double to the right-center field gap in the sixth, as well.

It was a wild night for the Braves, but they figured out a way to get it done against a tough team. These are the nights that make the long season just that much better.

For more on the Bravos check out Talking Chop.

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MLB Rumors: Atlanta Braves Reportedly Pursuing Cuban Outfielder Jorge Soler

Could the Braves be players for one of the world's best prospects?

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Braves vs. Blue Jays Lineups: Freddie Freeman Out Again With Hand Injury

The Atlanta Braves will welcome in the Toronto Blue Jays to town this weekend for what should be a great few days of baseball at Turner Field. The club has won four games in a row and six of their last seven, and they have done so with strong pitching performances and some clutch homers down the stretch.

Freddie Freeman was injured in the series with the Marlins this week and missed Thursday's game with a hand and finger contusion. He is out again for Friday night against the Jays. Eric Hinske will take his place in the batting order. Here is the rest of the lineup for tonight.

Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado 3B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Jason Heyward RF
Eric Hinske 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Brandon Beachy P
Jose Constanza LF

The Jays lineup is yet to be released.

First pitch from Atlanta is scheduled for 7:35 p.m., although it may be a bit later than that due to Smoltz's retirement ceremony.

For more on the Braves check out Talking Chop.

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Braves Vs. Blue Jays: Game Preview, TV Info And More

Atlanta comes home to Turner Field red hot and looking to continue their winning streak in Interleague play against the Blue Jays.

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Braves vs. Blue Jays Preview: Kelly Johnson, Yunel Escobar Return To Turner Field

The Braves play their second interleague series of the season at Turner Field this weekend. Andrelton Simmons will make his home debut.

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