Braves stay hot at home, beat Rockies 11-3
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit two home runs, Brian McCann added a three-run shot and the Atlanta Braves won their fifth straight game with an 11-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
The Braves, who scored 10 unanswered runs, moved 10 games ahead of second-place Washington on the NL East. They lead the majors with a 36-15 home record.
Freeman had four RBIs with his first multihomer game this season and fourth of his career.
Rookie Alex Wood (1-2) earned his first career victory after allowing six hits, three runs, one walk while striking out seven in seven innings.
Juan Nicasio (6-5) allowed 10 hits, a season-high eight runs, three walks and struck out four in four innings. Colorado has lost 16 of 19 series games against Atlanta.
Braves place OF Reed Johnson on disabled list
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have placed reserve outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with left heel tendinitis.
Johnson, who leads major league pinch hitters with a .355 batting average and a .444 on-base percentage, is the third Atlanta outfielder currently on the DL.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that center fielder B.J. Upton, sidelined by a right hip strain, is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. Reserve outfielder Jordan Schafer, out with a bruised right ankle, could begin with Gwinnett as early as Saturday.
Atlanta purchased the contract of Todd Cunningham from Gwinnett to take Johnson's spot on the 25-man roster.
Cunningham hit .279 with 18 stolen bases in 19 games at Gwinnett.
Steven Jackson gives Falcons dual threat at RB
ATLANTA (AP) — There's a new name on the list of Matt Ryan's top receiving targets.
For the first time in Ryan's six seasons, the Falcons' starting running back is a dual threat as a runner and receiver. Steven Jackson has the most catches of any NFL running back in his nine seasons, a fact sometimes overshadowed by his eight straight seasons with 1,000 yards rushing.
Jackson, who left the Rams to sign a three-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons, is replacing Michael Turner, who was rarely used as a receiver out of the backfield.
The Falcons' already potent offense now looks even stronger. Ryan can throw screen passes to Jackson when he's not targeting tight end Tony Gonzalez and receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones.
South site for Falcons stadium deemed unfeasible
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay says one of two proposed sites for a new $1 billion stadium is unsuitable for development.
In a letter to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Tuesday, McKay wrote that the proposed south site for the new, retractable-roof stadium is not a viable option because two churches that are in the way and other parcels of land have not been purchased by the company responsible for building the stadium.
McKay also wrote that officials have been unable to conduct environmental and other required testing at those sites.
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority voted to ask the State Properties Commission to give the Falcons a license to perform due diligence work on the proposed north site, which includes various environmental and engineering inspections.
Duchardt promoted to No. 3 at Hendrick Motorsports
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Longtime Hendrick Motorsports executive Doug Duchardt has been promoted to the newly created position of executive vice president and general manager.
Duchardt will report to team owner Rick Hendrick and company President Marshall Carlson.
The expanded role will put Duchardt in charge of all racing operations for Hendrick Motorsports and make him the primary liaison between the organization and NASCAR's competition group.
Duchardt joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2005 as vice president of development.
Glover named technical director of Touring Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Three-time Daytona 500 winning crew chief Tony Glover has been named technical director of NASCAR's Touring Series.
The appointment was one of several made Tuesday.
Former crew chief Chris Wright was named K&N Pro Series East director. Kip Childress was named K&N Pro Series West Director. Les Westerfield resumes his role as Touring Series technical coordinator and K&N Pro Series East race director.
Glover won 24 races as crew chief, including the 1991 Daytona 500 with Erine Irvan and the 1994 and 1995 Daytona 500s with Sterling Marlin.
Childress has been the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Director since 2008 and is a third-generation NASCAR official. Wright has been a crew chief, shop foreman and consultant for teams at several NASCAR levels.
Created: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:15:02 EST
Updated: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:15:02 EST