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Edgewood Baseball hosts First Pitch Banquet with keynote speaker, Auburn’s Butch Thompson

  ELMORE, AL – Auburn University’s head baseball coach, Butch Thompson, will be the keynote speaker for Edgewood Academy’s First Pitch Banquet scheduled for Thursday, January 9, at the Millbrook Civic Center in downtown Millbrook.  Thompson, considered one of the top recruiters in the country, has led the Tigers since 2015, including this past season’s historic appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Also speaking…

GM Coppolella says Braves hope to add yet another starter

ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves may not be finished with the dramatic overhaul of their rotation. General manager John Coppolella told The Associated Press on Wednesday he hopes to add another starting pitcher, even after agreeing to deals with veteran right-handers R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon last week. Chicago White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale might be available in…

AP source: Bartolo Colon, 43, and Braves agree on deal

ATLANTA (AP) – A person familiar with the situation says the Atlanta Braves have added another 40-year-old to their starting rotation, agreeing to terms with Bartolo Colon. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because no announcement is expected from the Braves until next week on the reported $12.5 million, one-year deal with the 43-year-old Colon….

42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey agrees with Braves

ATLANTA (AP) – Former NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year contract, adding a 42-year-old knuckleballer to a thin rotation as the team moves into a new ballpark. Dickey’s agreement, announced Thursday, is subject to a successful physical. Dickey he had a career-high 20 wins in 2012, his final season with…

Braves, Collmenter agree to 1-year deal for 2017 season

ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves and right-hander Josh Collmenter have agreed on a one-year, $1.2 million contract for 2017. The 30-year-old Collmenter was 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA in three starts with Atlanta, his third team in 2016. He began the season with Arizona and also pitched in the Cubs’ farm system. The Braves acquired Collmenter from the Cubs…

Braves closer Jim Johnson gets $10 million in 2-year deal

ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Braves closer Jim Johnson is guaranteed $10 million under his new two-year contract. The 33-year-old right-hander went 2-6 with a 3.06 ERA this year and 20 saves in 23 chances. He had been eligible for free agency. Johnson gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million in each of the next two seasons….

Braves name Snitker manager for 2017, Washington joins staff

ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves have named Brian Snitker manager, rewarding him for reversing the team’s direction in his role as interim manager this season. The Braves finished last in the NL East but won 20 of their last 30 games under Snitker. The 61-year-old, named interim manager on May 17 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired, had a 59-65…

Braves dismiss longtime pitching coach Roger McDowell

ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves have dismissed pitching coach Roger McDowell. The team announced Friday it had declined the 2017 option on McDowell’s contract, ending his stay with the organization after 11 seasons. The Braves have not made a decision on who will manage the team next season or the status of the remaining coaches on staff. Team president…

Braves plan manager interviews with Black, Washington

ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves plan to interview former major league managers Bud Black and Ron Washington, in addition to giving interim skipper Brian Snitker strong consideration to run the team in 2017. The Braves finished last in the NL East but are feeling good after a 50-47 finish to the season. The team started 9-28 under Fredi Gonzalez,…

Braves dampen Tigers’ playoff hopes with 5-3 win

ATLANTA (AP) – Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis homered, rookie Aaron Blair had a career-high 10 strikeouts and the last-place Atlanta Braves damaged the Detroit Tigers’ playoff hopes with a 5-3 victory Saturday night. Detroit, trying to return to the postseason for the second time in three years, began the day a half-game behind Toronto for the second AL wild…