Atlanta Braves News: Travis d’Arnaud heads to the Garden, Luke Williams and more

The Atlanta Braves opened the series on a high note after Friday night’s 8-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. Travis d’Arnaud was the player of the game, launching three home runs, one of them in big style.

Marcell Ozuna and Michael Harris II also provided runs for the good guys, but d’Arnaud’s six RBI gave the Braves plenty of security against the strong Rangers lineup.

Things also went well for the Braves on the other side of the ball, as Chris Sale got off to a solid start, pitching seven innings and allowing three earned runs. He struck out seven and gave up one base at wide.

Tyler Matzek and Pierce Johnson each recorded a scoreless inning to help the Braves to their 13th win of the season.

Atlanta goes for the series win tonight at 7:20 ET with Charlie Morton on the mound.

More Braves news:

Ahead of Friday’s series opener, the Braves selected the contract of infielder Luke Williams and optioned outfielder Forrest Wall to Triple-A Gwinnett. Williams claimed the 26th spot on the roster.

Augusta GreenJackets outfielder Isaiah Drake was playing his best baseball on Thursday until he suffered a hamstring injury in the fifth inning. More in the minor league recap.

The Braves may have the strongest lineup in the league. However, there have been enough ground balls to start the season.

This week’s Braves Mailbag addresses your rotation questions, trade deadline concerns and more.

The latest episode of Battery Power TV recaps the road trip, previews the homestand and more.

MLB News:

The Miami Marlins called up right-hander Roddery Muñoz, who will make his MLB debut today against the Chicago Cubs.

The Colorado Rockies placed starter Kyle Freeland on the 15-day injured list due to a left elbow strain. He is expected to need four to six weeks to recover.

Former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Odell Jones died on March 20 at the age of 71. Jones was best known for his *almost* no-hitter in 1988.

Detroit Tigers depth starter Sawyer Gipson-Long will undergo internal brace surgery on Monday to repair his UCL. He will miss the entire 2024 season. He will also likely open the 2025 season on the injured list.

Former Boston Red Sox 1B/OF Dave McCarty died at the age of 54 after suffering a heart attack. McCarty was a 2004 World Series champion.

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jason Delay underwent right knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus and will be cleared to return to baseball activities in about six weeks.

New York Mets reliever Tyler Jay was sent straight to Triple-A Syracuse after going undrafted off waivers. The club appointed him for an assignment earlier this week.

Texas Rangers left-handed reliever Brock Burke underwent surgery on his right hand Thursday after hitting a dugout wall last week. He is expected to be out until mid-June.