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Mets win ninth in row as rookie catcher Kevin Plawecki and Jon Niese beat Braves

NEW YORK - Catcher Kevin Plawecki made an impressive big league debut, contributing with his bat and glove as the banged-up New York Mets won their ninth straight game by beating the Atlanta Braves 7-1 Tuesday night.
Rookie Christian Bethancourt helps Braves beat Phillies

...Braves' hitting woes, even when he was with Triple-A Gwinnett.One day after his recall from the minors, the rookie catcher played a big role in helping the Braves break out of their slump.Bethancourt had three hits in his return to the...
Andrelton Simmons helps lead Braves to sixth win in a row

...on nine hits and one walk. His ERA is 4.73 and he has made eight starts since his last win on May 19.Atlanta rookie catcher Christian Bethancourt, making his second consecutive start, singled in the second inning to drive in Johnson for...
Brian McCann's two home runs, including shot in 10th, lift Braves over Jays

...lifted the Braves over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Tuesday.Freddie Freeman had three hits in the cleanup spot, rookie catcher Evan Gattis homered in the fifth spot and McCann, who started at designated hitter, went deep twice batting in the...
Ex-GreenJacket Zack Wheeler helps Mets beat Braves

...Eric Young Jr. sparked the Mets, stealing two bases, scoring twice and making a diving catch in left field.Mets rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud doubled for his first hit in the majors, ending an 0-for-10 rut."It was definitely weighing...
Rookie catcher impresses Smoltz

ATLANTA - Atlanta starter John Smoltz might have found a lucky charm in his new teammate. Rookie catcher Brian McCann grew up a huge Braves fan - and a big Smoltz fan - in Duluth, Ga. The 21-year-old has caught Smoltz in two of...
Rookie catcher sign of the times

ATLANTA - This is how bad it has become for the wounded Atlanta Braves:
Rookie catcher starts on birthday

ATLANTA - Braves catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia forgot it was his birthday on Wednesday, but don't feel bad for the 22-year-old.
Rookie lifts Braves' spirits

...guy helped the Atlanta Braves snap a five-game losing streak. No, it wasn't Brian McCann or Jeff Francoeur. Rookie catcher Clint Sammons homered and drove in three runs to lead Atlanta past the St. Louis Cardinals 9-4 on Thursday night...
Deals have helped, hindered team

...and ship off all-star center fielder Andruw Jones, in the final year of his contract? Will they deal promising rookie catcher/first baseman Jarrod Saltalamacchia for a solid starting pitcher or another relief pitcher? Will the Braves go...