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David O'Brien

Atlanta Braves beat sports reporter

David O'Brien has covered the Atlanta Braves for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2002, and previously covered the Marlins for the (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel for seven years. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism.

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Braves quotes after Wednesday’s win over Nationals

**FREDI GONZALEZOn putting the ball in play that sixth inning“You put the ball in play and funny things can happen. I didn’t see it live, but I thought Jason Heyward’s head’s-up base running made a big difference to add on another run. I had turned around and talked to Roger ...

Braves Alex Wood, making his 23rd start of the season, delivers a pitch against the Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Atlanta.     CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Bethancourt comes through, Braves beat Nats to snap 5-game skid

Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt displayed his quick feet and rifle arm in the top of the sixth inning when he threw out Michael Taylor trying to steal third base for the second out, with two on and Washington ahead 1-0.But what the defensively gifted catcher did with his bat in ...

Braves Alex Wood, making his 23rd start of the season, delivers a pitch against the Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Atlanta.     CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Braves snap 5-game skid with 3-1 win over Nationals

Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt displayed his quick feet and rifle arm in the top of the sixth inning when he threw out Michael Taylor trying to steal third base for the second out, with two on and Washington ahead 1-0.But it was what the defensively gifted catcher did with his ...

Kimbrel is Clemente Award nominee

Closer Craig Kimbrel is the Braves nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, presented annually to the player “who be represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.”All 30 major league teams nominate one player for the award. The last Braves ...

Another September swoon for the Braves

If it feels like September and swoon have become synonymous with the Braves in the Fredi Gonzalez era, that’s partly true.In 2011 the Braves fell apart in spectacular fashion, losing 20 of their last 30 games and missing the postseason after blowing an 8 1-2-game lead in the wild card ...

Braves quotes after Sunday’s 10-3 loss at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Braves quotes from Mike Minor, Freddie Freeman, David Hale and manager Fredi Gonzalez after Sunday’s 10-3 loss to the Rangers.**FREDI GONZALEZOn fifth-inning meltdown“We had two outs, nobody on. Just couldn’t get that third out, and they dropped a six-spot. We’re not playing good baseball. It’s not the ...

Rangers blast Braves 10-3 to complete series sweep

ARLINGTON, Texas – It seemed there could be no further depths to which the Braves could sink after two wrenching defeats against the lowly Rangers, coughing up an eighth-inning lead Friday and giving up three unearned runs to blow a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 loss Saturday. But they reached ...

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ramiro Pena throws late to first on a single by Texas Rangers' Leonys Martin during the fourth inning Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

Braves get hammered 10-3 to complete sweep by lowly Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas – It seemed there could be no further depths to which the Braves could sink after two wrenching defeats against the lowly Rangers, coughing up an eighth-inning lead Friday and giving up three unearned runs to blow a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 loss Saturday.But they reached a ...

Braves catcher Evan Gattis hasn’t played in a week, missing both the Washington and National series after playing all three games against the Marlins.

Braves’ Gattis (strep throat) misses entire Texas homecoming series

ARLINGTON, Texas – Evan Gattis was out of the lineup Sunday for the sixth consecutive game due to lingering effects from strep throat, the Braves said. The catcher hasn’t played in a week, missing both the Washington and National series after playing all three games against the Marlins in the ...

Braves third baseman Chris Johnson had only eight extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in 47 games since, including one homer in 161 at-bats over his past 43 games before Sunday.

Braves’ slumping Chris Johnson trying to correct swing

ARLINGTON, Texas – Chris Johnson had three homers in two games at Wrigley Field in the last two games before the All-Star break, and the Braves third baseman believes it might’ve been to the detriment of his season. He had another homer in the third game after the break, but ...