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Braves bet on Kimbrel's future with extension

...decline past the point of value, or maintain their current value and become one of the best ever. You can get a Billy Wagner, a Joe Nathan, a Trevor Hoffman. Or you can get an Eric Gagne, a Brad Lidge, a Brian Wilson. There is less of...
Braves acquire Linebrink to bolster bullpen

...Cofield in Friday's trade.The 34-year-old Linebrink will add experience to an Atlanta bullpen that loses closer Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito .Linebrink is under contract through the 2011 season. The Braves also receive cash in the deal...
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Artistic frugality is en vogue, it seems

...artistic frugality seems to be a trend that superstar musicians (and some pro athletes, such as former Braves closer Billy Wagner) are embracing these days. Just walk away from the cash.Dire Straits' singer and founder Mark Knopfler has spurned...
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Braves GM gets 2-year extension

...two years as GM, and the drought continued during Wren's first two seasons.The signing of key veterans such as Billy Wagner and the emergence of young players such as Jason Heyward and Martin Prado helped the Braves win the NL wild card last...
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Wagner granted unique release

The Atlanta Braves released retired closer Billy Wagner in an unusual agreement that allows the team to protect his rights if he returns in 2011.Wagner had a $6.5 million option...
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Braves blow lead, rally to win

...A sacrifice fly by Troy Glaus off Carlos Rosa capped the late burst.Arizona loaded the bases in the ninth against Billy Wagner, but Rusty Ryal and pinch hitter Chris Snyder struck out to end it.Atlanta matched its season high with 16 hits...
Glaus' 9th-inning blast lifts Braves

...swing of the game."Every win is nice," Glaus said. "You'd like to not save them 'til the ninth inning."Billy Wagner (5-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.Royals starter Zack Greinke fell behind 2-0 in the first. Chipper...
Hinske's hit lifts Atlanta

ATLANTA --- Billy Wagner knows the Atlanta Braves can't take their slim division lead for granted. The 38-year-old closer likes how his team is playing...
Cox wins 2,500th game

...Brian McCann said of Cox. "We're striving to do that right now."Peter Moylan, Jonny Venters, Craig Kimbrel and Billy Wagner each pitched a scoreless inning for Atlanta, completing a six-hitter.
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Hinske's blast saves Braves

...every game now," Hinske added.Craig Kimbrel (4-0) got the win after striking out the side in the seventh, and Billy Wagner earned his 36th save with a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk and striking out three.
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