Braves release RHP Freddy Garcia despite injuries (The Associated Press)

Atlanta released pitcher Freddy Garcia, who was contending for a spot in the Braves' battered rotation, and agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with right-hander Aaron Harang. The team announced Garcia's unconditional release Monday on the deadline for him to be put on the major league roster - which would have triggered a $1.25 million guaranteed salary. I have to go,'' said Garcia, who started Game 4 of last year's NL division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 37-year-old right-hander was cut despite a strong outing Sunday, when he limited the New York Mets to an unearned run and two hits over 5 1-3 innings.

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Beachy will have elbow ligament replaced again (The Associated Press)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow for the second time Friday and is expected to miss the entire season. The Braves said Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache will operate in Los Angeles. Beachy's ulnar collateral ligament was reconstructed by Dr. James Andrews on June 21, 2012, and Beachy returned to go 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings over five starts from July 29 to Aug. 20 last summer.

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Sports medicine pioneer Frank Jobe dies at 88 (The Associated Press)

Dr. Frank Jobe, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who was the first to perform an elbow procedure that became known as Tommy John surgery and saved the careers of countless major league pitchers, died Thursday. Jobe died in Santa Monica after being hospitalized recently with an undisclosed illness, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jobe performed groundbreaking elbow surgery on John, a Dodgers pitcher who had a ruptured medial collateral ligament in his left elbow.

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Jeff Kent is coaching college baseball (Big League Stew)

Jeff Kent said he never wanted to be a pro ballplayer. He retired from Major League Baseball with more home runs than any other second baseman in history . Kent said he never wanted to be a "Little League" dad. He coaches his son's team. Kent also figured, probably, that he'd never coach college baseball. As of this season, he's a volunteer assistant for the Southwestern University team in Georgetown, Texas. Who could ever say that non-dreams don't come true? Kent, who retired in 2009 after 17 seasons with six different teams, describes himself to KEYE-TV in Austin as "a former pro baseball player who has a lot of knowledge. If I can pass it on to the next kid, hopefully he'll get better from it. If that happens, then cool." After playing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and others, what brought Kent to Southwestern, an NCAA Div. III school? Kent makes his home nearby, and he works at a local college baseball development program with Southwestern's new pitching coach, Keith Jackson. Jackson recruited Kent, and here he is, after earning about $86 million playing ball. KEYE reports:

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Mariano Rivera has the most popular jersey in baseball (NBC Sports)

Major League Baseball just announced the most popular jerseys sold and Mariano Rivera is at the top of the list: 1.    Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 2.    Matt Harvey, New York Mets 3.    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers 4.    Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles 5.    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 6.    Clayton Kershaw,  Los Angeles Dodgers 7.    Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 8.    Andrew McCutchen,…

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Dodgers clinch NL West title with 7-6 win (The SportsXchange)

PHOENIX -- After 1,090 games, Hanley Ramirez is in the postseason after personally escorting the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League West title on Thursday.

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Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 6 (The SportsXchange)

PHOENIX -- Hanley Ramirez had four hits and two home runs and A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking home in the eighth inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League West title with a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon.

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A toast to the 2013 San Francisco Giants (Big League Stew)

Editor's note: We're saying goodbye to teams mathematically eliminated from the 2013 MLB season with a toast. Want to contribute? Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions. Next up, the San Francisco Giants. Not that anybody was expecting it at this point, but the San Francisco Giants made it official on Wednesday that we will not see back-to-back World Series champs. Nobody's done that since the Yankees won three straight from 1998 to 2000, and with their official postseason elimination on Wednesday, the Giants won't either. The Giants season was decided a while ago, though. The team had been in no higher than fourth place since June 24 — falling while the rival Los Angeles Dodgers soared, not giving fans the expected Giants-Dodgers duel at the top of the NL West this season. But we can all still enjoy a toast to the Giants. To the Giants, for having a little more time this year to clean your World Series rings. And to the Giants, for owning some of the best hair in baseball plus honest players and cute fans . To the Giants, for making the Padres look decent. To the Giants, for making us think gas prices are cheaper ... when we compare them to Barry Zito's ERA. And to the Giants, for giving fifth-graders motivation for their school speeches . We're not going to bogart this toast. Here's what the people had to say to the 2013 Giants:

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sept 10 (The Sports Xchange) - Major League Baseball unveiled the 2014 regular-season schedule, which will begin with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers playing a two-game series in Sydney, Australia, on March 22-23. The remainder of the schedule will begin a week later, with ESPN kicking off its 25th season of "Sunday Night Baseball" on March 30 with teams yet to be announced. ...

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MLB Waiver Wire 2013: Atlanta Braves Stay Silent While St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates Improve (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | The Atlanta Braves still hold the best record in all of baseball, but as the dog-days of summer begin to yield to the first signs of autumn, the rosters of many other postseason-bound teams have started to improve.

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