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2/25/2015 | Brave words: Wednesday, Feb. 25

The day's top stories have been published on Here are some of the other interesting thoughts that have been expressed recently during camp.

2/25/2015 | Gonzalez expects 'controlled chaos' as camp fills up

After spending the past few days watching a slew of pitchers' fielding drills and bullpen sessions, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is ready to take another step toward the regular season when he oversees his team's first full-squad workout on Thursday.

2/25/2015 | Upton, Gomes reunited in fresh starts with Braves

As they share adjoining lockers during Spring Training, Braves outfielders Melvin Upton Jr. and Jonny Gomes will have a chance to reminisce about the days when they played in this same stadium together as members of the 2003 Orlando Rays.

2/25/2015 | Gomes: Mindset of mediocrity is unacceptable

Count Jonny Gomes among the Braves' players who are not buying into the thought that he and his new teammates are destined for mediocrity as they approach this upcoming season.

2/25/2015 | Cleared for action, Markakis targeting Opening Day

Nick Markakis hopes to be in the Braves' Opening Day lineup. But as he eases his way back from neck surgery, the veteran outfielder will not accelerate his preseason preparations to the point where he might jeopardize realizing this goal.

2/24/2015 | Brave words: Tuesday, Feb. 24

It was relatively quiet around Champion Stadium on Tuesday, though it's sure to be busier when the rest of the Braves' full squad reports on Wednesday.

2/24/2015 | Johnson wants Braves' offense to think small

Braves third baseman Chris Johnson looks back at last year's Royals team and sees inspiration, but perhaps not in the way you might expect.

2/24/2015 | Several candidates to fill out Braves' rotation

Pitchers have yet to begin facing hitters, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez already sees an intriguing fifth-starter competition taking shape.

2/24/2015 | Confident Banuelos fighting for spot with Braves

Braves prospect Manny Banuelos, who was acquired from the Yankees during the offseason, is competing for a spot in the big league rotation.

2/23/2015 | Brave words: Monday, Feb. 23

After Melvin Upton Jr. arrived at camp on Monday morning and explained his reasoning for dumping his nickname (B.J.), Braves president of baseball operations John Hart met with reporters to discuss some of his Spring Training expectations.

2/23/2015 | Hart says underdog Braves expect to contend

Braves president of baseball operations John Hart understands why most National League East prognostications have given more love to the Nationals, Marlins and Mets. But he also seems to wholeheartedly embrace the heavy underdog status his club has gained since parting ways with Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis this past offseason.

2/23/2015 | Gonzalez likes what he sees from Johnson early in camp

Fredi Gonzalez got an early glimpse of what could be a key component of his bullpen on Monday afternoon, as Jim Johnson threw a side session and impressed the Braves manager with the depth of his sinker.

2/23/2015 | Hart: 'It's a clean slate' for Upton Jr. in Atlanta

Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. hopes his third season with the Braves goes better than his fist two, and he has the support of president of baseball operations John Hart and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

2/23/2015 | Upton: Name change not about rebound with Braves

The man formerly known as B.J. Upton reported to Braves camp early Monday morning, and he said his decision to go by his birth name, Melvin Upton Jr., had nothing to do with wanting to distance himself from the miseries he has experienced during his first two seasons in Atlanta.

2/22/2015 | McDowell key to Stults choosing Braves

As the Braves were attempting to enhance the competition for the fifth spot in their rotation, pitching coach Roger McDowell made a successful recruiting pitch to Eric Stults. He had met the veteran left-handed pitcher during their days together with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s.

2/22/2015 | Teheran likely to get Opening Day assignment

After Sunday morning's workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed that barring any unforeseen events, Julio Teheran will get his second straight Opening Day assignment.

2/22/2015 | Upton will go by his birth name this season

B.J. Upton has opted to appease those Braves fans who have said they "don't want to see B.J." in the lineup again this year. Now, the veteran outfielder can only hope that he is capable of altering his production as easily as he has the name he will use this season.

2/22/2015 | Brave words: Sunday, Feb. 22

A collection of quotes from Braves Spring Training on Sunday, Feb. 22.

2/22/2015 | Braves mourn passing of FSL president Murphy

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and director of player development Dave Trembley were two of many members of the baseball world who were saddened by the passing of longtime Florida State League president Chuck Murphy on Saturday at the age of 83.

2/21/2015 | Brave words: Saturday, Feb. 21

A collection of quotes from Braves Spring Training on Saturday, Feb. 21.

2/21/2015 | Foltynewicz looks to harness command at Braves camp

Mike Foltynewicz has arrived in Braves camp with the realization that he will be given a shot to win a spot in Atlanta's rotation. But the highly touted right-hander realizes he must first harness his command before earning a lasting spot on a Major League roster.

2/21/2015 | Johnson joined Braves to work with McDowell

When former All-Star closer Jim Johnson began evaluating his best employment options for the upcoming season, he was influenced by former A's teammate Eric O'Flaherty's suggestion that he come to Atlanta to work under the tutelage of Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell.

2/21/2015 | Miller's transition made easier by Pierzynski

As Shelby Miller acquaints himself to his new environment within the Braves clubhouse, he is comforted to know that veteran backup catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be available to provide the same kind of assistance that he did as they shared last season's final two months together with the Cardinals.

2/21/2015 | Acree's journey an integral part of Braves lore

Over the past five decades, Bill Acree has established himself as one of the most influential and respected employees the Braves organization has ever known.

2/20/2015 | Braves open Spring Training with plenty to say

Many of the players expressed optimism and excitement about the upcoming season. Though this was a popular topic, many others were addressed as camp officially opened.

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