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Atlanta Braves

Stadium: Turner Field | Manager: Fredi Gonzalez
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Justin Upton powers up to begin August
by Michael Hurcomb |

Braves outfielder Justin Upton homered for the third time in three games Saturday against the Phillies. Upton has managed an RBI in each of his first three games in August, totaling seven in that span.

Upton has hit safely in his last eight games and is batting .296 with a .500 slugging percentage in his last 23 games. Upton has four home runs, eight doubles, 17 runs and 17 RBI in that span.

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Evan Gattis playing in left field in 2015 is 'an option' for Braves
by Michael Hurcomb |

Braves catcher Evan Gattis appeared in a career-high 108 games in his second season in the majors in 2014, which was three more games than he played as a rookie in 2013. He appeared in 93 games at catcher and three games at DH, but he made no starts at first base or left field, which were two positions he saw playing time at as a rookie.

Though, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Gattis could play around 140 games next season if he were to play in left field on top of his catcher responsibilities.

"That's an option," Gonzalez said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Lack of lineup protection hurt Braves 1B Freddie Freeman in 2014
by Michael Hurcomb |

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was great during clutch situations in 2013, finishing second in the majors with a .443 average with runners in scoring position. However, he wasn't nearly as productive in that area in 2014, batting .294 with runners in scoring position.

"I think the formula for Freddie is getting consistent chances," Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The (No.) 1 and 2 hole was up and down this year. We couldn’t find consistent answers there. We needed Jason (Heyward) in both spots, in the middle and leading off. That was not what he wanted to do. Jason views himself as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter. He’s a team player and he’s going to do whatever the manager asks him to do, but that’s what he views himself as, a middle-of-the-order hitter.

"But if you give Freddie consistent chances and they pitch to him, that’s another big key. You’ve got to have somebody behind him, that’s part of the puzzle. Yeah, Justin (Upton) had a great year hitting behind him this year, but one reason (Upton) had a lot of RBI is that Freeman walked a lot."

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Craig Kimbrel escapes tough outing with the save
by Igor Mello |

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel struck out one and worked his way around a walk and a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 4-2 victory over the Phillies. He has converted 46 of 50 save chances, with a 1.63 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 60 2/3 innings of relief.

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James Russell named starter for season finale
by Igor Mello |

The Braves announced that left-hander James Russell will make the start in Sunday's season finale against Philadelphia. Russell owns a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 53 2/3 innings of relief this season.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGFreddie Freeman , 1B.288
HRJustin Upton , LF29
RBIJustin Upton , LF102
OBPFreddie Freeman , 1B.386
SLGJustin Upton , LF.491
RFreddie Freeman , 1B93
SBEmilio Bonifacio , CF26
WJulio Teheran , SP14
ERAAlex Wood , SP2.78
WHIPJulio Teheran , SP1.08
KJulio Teheran , SP186
SVCraig Kimbrel , RP47
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