SPRING TRAINING

Chacin pitches into 5th inning, Braves and Rays tie

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – Jhoulys Chacin pitched 4 2-3 innings in his final spring start Friday and the Atlanta Braves played a split squad of Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-2 exhibition tie. Chacin, Atlanta’s fourth starter, gave up one run on three hits while striking out two. Jeff Francouer and Tyler Flowers drove in the Atlanta runs with singles…

Gallardo is dominating in Orioles’ 6-1 win over Braves

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – Yovani Gallardo allowed one hit in five innings, facing the minimum 15 batters in the Baltimore Orioles’ 6-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Scheduled to start Baltimore’s second game of the regular season, Gallardo, who entered the game with a frightful 16.88 ERA, needed just 48 pitches to complete five innings. He struck out…

Nova goes 6, Miller injured in Yankees’ 2-0 win over Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – Ivan Nova pitched six innings and reliever Andrew Miller left the game after being struck on the right arm by a line drive in the New York Yankees’ 2-0 win Wednesday over the Atlanta Braves. Nova, bidding for the fifth spot in the Yankees rotation, matched the Braves’ Julio Teheran through five innings. The right-hander gave…

Braves farm Foltynewicz to Triple-A Gwinnett

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who had a late start to spring training following surgery for blood clots in his shoulder, has been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Foltynewicz fell short in his bid to make Atlanta’s rotation to open the season. He gave up nine runs in 8 2/3 innings this spring for an 8.31 ERA, including…

Wisler gives solid performance, Braves tie Orioles 4-4

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – Matt Wisler pitched into the sixth inning in his longest start of the spring, allowing three runs on three hits as the Atlanta Braves played the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-4, 10-inning tie Tuesday night. Wisler gave up a lead-off home run to Manny Machado in the first, his fifth of the spring, and Matt Wieters…

Springer homers twice as Astros beat Braves 12-9

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – George Springer hit his first two homers of the spring, and the Houston Astros beat the Atlanta Braves 12-9 on Monday night. Springer connected in the first inning against Mike Foltynewicz and belted another solo shot in the fourth against Williams Perez. Springer hit 16 homers in 102 games last season with the Astros. Carlos Gomez,…

Correa hits 3rd spring homer as Astros beat Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – Carlos Correa hit his third homer this spring and the Houston Astros beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7 Tuesday. Correa hit a two-run homer off Manny Banuelos. The reigning AL Rookie of the Year had two hits with a walk and scored twice. Correa is batting .414 with seven RBIs in 11 Grapefruit League games. Jose Altuve…

Olivera extends hit streak, Braves beat Liriano, Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Hector Olivera extended his hitting streak to seven games and drove in three runs as the Atlanta Braves roughed up opening day starter Francisco Liriano and the split-squad Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Monday. Liriano hit a home run, but departed after 3 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs, with one walk and five…

Bonifacio, Olivera get key hits as Braves beat Marlins 6-5

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – Emilio Bonifacio hit his first home run for the Braves and Hector Olivera delivered again as Atlanta beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 Friday. Olivera, batting .425 this spring, drove in a run with a pinch-hit single to cap a three-run fourth inning against starter Chris Narveson. Braves starter Matt Wisler gave up two runs and three…

Braves demote 5 of their top prospects in spring training

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – The Atlanta Braves have sent down five players who figure to have a big part in their future. The Braves announced Friday that outfielder Mallex Smith has been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, while right-handed pitchers Aaron Blair and Lucas Sims and infielders Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson were reassigned to minor league camp. The 22-year-old Smith…