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Falcons ready rookies Freeman, Matthews

Two youngsters could start in team’s star-studded offense

Onlookers suspected offensive lineman Jake Matthews, the sixth overall pick in the draft would start, but few predicted fourth-round pick Devonta Freeman was in line to be a centerpiece of the first team when the Falcons open the regular season.

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Falcons need rookie class to make major contributions

A major part of the Falcons’ master plan to rebound in 2014 depends on receiving major contributions from the rookie class.

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Mike Minor’s struggles continue

After Tuesday’s game Mike Minor’s season ERA stands at 5.32 and he’s allowed four or more earned runs in four of his past five starts and opponents have 10 or more hits against him in five of his 14 starts overall.

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Evan Gattis returns from DL

Evan Gattis’ return beat the early estimated recovery time of at least four weeks, but the real news was that the powerful right-handed hitter was able to avoid potential surgery on a bulging disk.

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Tiger Woods confident for Ryder Cup selection despite poor British Open showing

Tiger Woods believes he deserves a place in the United States Ryder Cup team despite missing the year’s first two majors through injury and finishing dismally at the British Open on Sunday.

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Rory McIlroy completes wire-to-wire Open win

McIlroy wins British Open

Rory McIlroy completes the third leg of a career grand slam by winning the British Open on Sunday.

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Atlanta Braves release infielder Dan Uggla

Team will be responsible for the approximate $19 million Uggla is owed

The 34-year-old Dan Uggla has filled a limited reserve role this season since losing his starting job in early May.

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Braves’ Julio Teheran accomplishes dream of becoming NL All-Star

In just his second full season in the majors, Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran, 23, is an All-Star.

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Braves jump on Cubs, hold on for win

The Atlanta Braves (52-43) entered the break sharing the National League East lead with the Washington Nationals, while the last-place Cubs (40-54) fell 12 games behind the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.

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Braves ride wind to victory over Cubs

Atlanta used Chris Johnson’s two home runs and a surprise home run from starting pitcher Mike Minor in a decisive six-run fourth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 11-6.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Mike Minor improving despite winless streak

Mike Minor is winless since May 19

Mike Minor’s winless streak reached nine starts Monday night, but the Atlanta Braves left-hander made some sizable progress in turning around a disappointing season.

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Fredi Gonzalez: Ump’s call was one of worst ever

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected in Monday’s loss to the Mets for arguing after umpires overturned an out call at second base.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Prado greeted at Turner Field with cheers

Former Brave Martin Prado has been warmly greeted at Turner Field this weekend.

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Braves’ Jason Heyward named top defensive player for June

Former Gold Glove winner Jason Heyward honored for defense

Jason Heyward was named major league Defensive Player of the Month for June by ESPN.com’s SweetSpot blog, which uses sophisticated statistical analysis and a voting panel to determine a winner.

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Rookie Tommy La Stella’s plate approach valuable for Braves

Tommy La Stella is second among NL rookies in hitting

On a team that often relies on home runs to score and struggles with situational hitting, Tommy La Stella is patient, focuses on making contact and is surging again after a slump.

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