Stories by Brian Costa

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007

Jackets' defense has shutout in mind

ATLANTA --- Some teams talk about defense in modest terms. Just give the offense a chance to win the game, they'll say. But for Georgia Tech, what fun would that be?
By Brian Costa

Friday, Oct. 12, 2007

Schuerholz steps down as GM

For John Schuerholz, it's a change in job title. For the Atlanta Braves, it's a changing of the guard.
By Brian Costa

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007

Braves turn focus to pitching

ATLANTA - The Braves began their annual organizational powwow Monday in Orlando, Fla., where team officials were trying to map out a plan for the off-season. But it doesn't take a meeting of minds ...
By Brian Costa

Monday, Oct. 8, 2007

Gordon's patience rewarded

TALLADEGA, Ala. - One final lap. One crucial pass. And perhaps most impressive for Jeff Gordon, only one beer can heaved in his direction this time.
By Brian Costa

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007

Agent: Braves didn't want Jones

ATLANTA - He had tried not to think about it. Even in his final days with the Atlanta Braves, Andruw Jones wasn't saying his goodbyes. There was still a slim chance, it seemed, he wouldn't need to.
By Brian Costa

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007

Jones' Braves career is done

ATLANTA - For 11 years, Andruw Jones has roamed center field for the Braves, winning Gold Gloves for his defense and drawing laughs for his clubhouse humor.
By Brian Costa

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007

On the outside, again

ATLANTA - Clubhouse attendants could barely keep up with all the players cleaning out lockers or moving into new ones. As they stood before a sudden crush of media, the Braves could barely contain ...
By Brian Costa

Monday, Oct. 1, 2007

Bid for batting title, season come up short

HOUSTON - Manny Acosta smiled sheepishly as he fussed with his blonde wig. Yunel Escobar was a bit prouder, walking around the Braves' clubhouse in a Superman outfit. And Jo-Jo Reyes actually ...
By Brian Costa

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007

Braves subs lose, too

HOUSTON - Say this for the collection of bench players and September call-ups the Atlanta Braves trotted out Saturday: They looked about as good as Atlanta's regulars did a month ago.
By Brian Costa

Weary Andruw Jones doesn't plan 'to go out there' in today's finale

HOUSTON - Andruw Jones might have already played his last game as an Atlanta Brave.
By Brian Costa

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007

Franchise's future looking up in win

HOUSTON - The Richmond Braves have already proven what they can do at the minor league level.
By Brian Costa

Braves notebook

HOUSTON - Rafael Soriano had his suspension reduced from four games to two Friday in a decision handed down by Major League Baseball.
By Brian Costa

Friday, Sept. 28, 2007

Philadelphia finishes off Atlanta

PHILADELPHIA - They knew this moment would come. Yet for two weeks, they sought desperately to delay it. Maybe, just maybe, the Atlanta Braves thought, if they kept winning, they could avoid it ...
By Brian Costa

Change of pace helped Teixeira

PHILADELPHIA - Mark Teixeira will be eligible for arbitration this winter and you don't have to be one of agent Scott Boras' number crunchers to see why he might ask for a raise.
By Brian Costa

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007

Hudson will start Sunday if needed

PHILADELPHIA - It would take more than a little bit of luck for the Atlanta Braves to have a chance at a playoff spot entering Sunday's regular season finale at Houston.
By Brian Costa

Braves' hopes dwindle

PHILADELPHIA - It would not have been shocking to see one of the Atlanta Braves' young players falter Wednesday. With so much riding on every pitch, a rookie reliever, for example, might just ...
By Brian Costa

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007

Braves unload on the Phillies

PHILADELPHIA - John Schuerholz doesn't make a habit of traveling on the road with the Atlanta Braves. Yet there he was Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, sitting in Atlanta's dugout along ...
By Brian Costa

Soriano appeals suspensionBraves 10, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA - Rafael Soriano was in uniform and in the Braves' bullpen Tuesday. The question is how much longer he'll remain there.
By Brian Costa

Monday, Sept. 24, 2007

Atlanta still fighting for chance at playoffs

ATLANTA - It wasn't the last game of 2007 for the Braves. But it felt that way.
By Brian Costa

Andruw waiting on talks

ATLANTA - In many ways, Sunday was like so many other days over the past decade for Andruw Jones. He pulled into the Turner Field players' lot in his silver Mercedes S65, walked into the home ...
By Brian Costa
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