Augusta GreenJackets reliever Ray Black fought through surgery, rehab and setbacks to throw his first pro pitch this season.
HOUSTON - Atlanta's Shane Reynolds was having a good day until he reached the park formerly known as Enron Field.
ATLANTA -- Brian Jordan's season of carnage continued Saturday night, when he fouled a ball off his right foot during the Braves' 12-inning loss to the Montreal Expos and had to leave the game for precautionary X-rays. "I thought I might have broken a bone," said Jordan, who was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI in the game before leaving the game. "It's been a bad-luck year for me."
BALTIMORE -- Five years later, Will Clark finally joined the Baltimore Orioles -- and only because Rafael Palmeiro is back with the Texas Rangers. Clark replaced the man he once displaced in Texas, agreeing Saturday to an $11 million, two-year contract with Baltimore. "Five years ago, if you'd have written a script it would have had Rafael going to Texas and I'd have gone to Baltimore," Clark said. "But the roles got reversed and five years later we're back to the same roles."
ATLANTA - It's not official, but the Braves are likely to play host to the 2002 All-Star game at Turner Field, the first time the midsummer classic has been in Atlanta since 1972. After awarding the 2000 All-Star game to Miami, Major League Baseball has not named a site for the 2002 game, but the prevailing feeling is that it will be Atlanta.
ATLANTA - After being hit by a Joey Hamilton pitch in the fifth inning of Wednesday night's game in San Diego, shortstop Jeff Blauser missed Thursday night's game with a sore right forearm. "There's so much blood in there my flexibility is very limited," he said. "Hopefully it will be well enough for tomorrow." It was the seventh time Blauser has been hit this season, the league's fourth-highest total, and the 63rd time in his career. He spent Wednesday night icing his forearm and keeping it elevated, then received treatment Thursday.
ATLANTA --- Coming off a one-hitter, Tim Hudson gave up three-run homers to Laynce Nix and Jayson Werth as the Washington Nationals built a big lead and held on for a 7-6 win.
Rory McIlroy shot 4-under-par 67 to earn a one-shot victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
...indication his star cornerback would take another snap at Buffalo. Instead, Mora was amazed to watch Hall ignore the pain in his right shoulder and make two sensational plays against Bills receivers Eric Moulds and Lee Evans. "I didn't think he was...
ATLANTA - Atlanta manager Bobby Cox is keeping his fingers crossed that the bullpen will be strengthened by the return of veteran relievers Darren Holmes and Roberto Hernandez in September.