John Hart will be Braves President of Baseball Operations

John Hart, who said a week ago that he wasn't interested in the Braves GM job full time, took the re-named position yesterday, and will become the Braves President of Baseball Operations, which replaces the title of General Manager but carries the same duties, responsibilities and authority. Hart is 66 years old, and was formerly the general manager at both Cleveland and Texas. The Braves also announced that assistant GM John Coppolella will remain in the position as Hart's top aide. Many feel this is a move to groom Coppolella as the nest general manager. Hart signed a three-year contract. Hart had already announced, while interim GM, that manager Fredi Gonzalez will return next season, but many on the coaching staff were not re-hired.

Simmons, Heyward likely Gold Glove winners

Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons and rightfielder Jason Heyward are among the three finalists for National League Gold Glove awards at their respective positions. Both are favored to win their second such awards. In somewhat of a surprise, leftfielder Justin Upton is also among the finalists, which came as a surprise to most observers. In his first full season in the major leagues, Simmons won the award last year. Heyward won two years ago. Simmons also won the coveted Platinum Glove last year, awarded to the best defensive player in the National League, all positions included.

Ex-Braves homer for both sides as Royals tie series with 7-2 win

Two former Atlanta Braves hit home runs last night in game two of the World Series in Kansas City. Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco led off the game with a homer, then Omar Infante's two-run shot in the sixth was the highlight in a 5-run inning for the Royals that ended the scoring for the night in the Royals' 7-2 win that ties the series at a game each. Five native Georgians are on the two rosters. Last night, Kansas City's versatile outfielder Leonard Cain of Valdosta was 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Terrence Gore of Jones County scored a run for the Royals as a pinch runner, but didn't have an at-bat. On the Giants side, Leesburg native Buster Posey was 1-for-4, and reliever Hunter Strickland of Thomaston gave up Infante's sixth inning home run. Tim Hudson of Columbus, the third Georgia on the Giants team, makes his first start Friday when the series moves to San Francisco.

World Series tied after K.C. win, Mercer on the road this Saturday

THE WORLD SERIES IS KNOTTED UP AT ONE GAME EACH AFTER KANSAS CITY CAME BACK TO WIN GAME TWO OVER THE GIANTS 7-2. THE SERUES NOW MOVES TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE NEXT THREE CONTESTS BEGINNING FRIDAY.iF A WINNER ISN'T DECIDED AFTER GAME FIVE, THE FINAL TWO WOULD BE PLAYED IN KANSAS CITY. ALSO MERCER COACH BOBBY LAMB WILL MEETING WITH FANS TONIGHT BEGINNING AT SIX-THIRTY AT THE WILD WING CAFE IN THE RIVER CROSSING CENTER. MERCER PLAYS AT CHATTANOOGA THIS SATURDAY AT NOON.

Giants beat Cardinals 6-3 in game five to win NLCS

IN SPORTS IT WILL BE SAN FRANCISCO AND KANSAS CITY IN THE 2014 WORLD SERIES BEGINNING TUESDAY IN MISSOURI. THE GIANTS WON THEIR BEST OF 7 SERIES WITH ST. LOUIS 4 GAMES TO I BY WINNING 6-3 LAST NIGHT IN sAN FRANCISCO. KANSAS CITY BEAT OUT BALTIMORE IN A FOUR GAME SWEEP. THE WORLD SERIES WILL TAKE ON A GEORGIA FLAVOR. TERRENCE GORE,WHO PLAYS FOR THE ROYALS, WAS BORN IN MACON AND RESIDES IN JONES COUNTY. HIS ROYALS TEAMMARE LORENZO GORE IS FROM VALDOSTA. BUSTER POSEY OF THE GIANTS IS FROM LEESBURG. HIS TEAMMATE HUNTER STRICKLAND, A PITCHER, IS FROM THOMASTON AND TIM HUDSON, THE FORMER BRAVE, IS FROM COLUMBUS

Royals sweep into World Series

At least one former Atlanta Braves player is heading to the World Series, and a couple more could be right behind. Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante helped the Royals win the American League Championship Series in four straight games over the Baltimore Orioles, reaching the World Series for the first time since 1985 when George Brett was the star attraction. In the process of winning the ALCS, the Royals extended their post season winning streak to eight straight, a major league record for consecutive post season wins without a loss. The Royals are managed by former Braves coach Ned Yost. In San Francisco, the Giants are one game away from the National League championship after last night's 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Tim Hudson and Gregor Blanco, both former Braves, play for the Giants.

Kansas City, San Francisco win in baseball playoffs

THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES LEADING TO THE WORLD SERIES CONTINUES TODAY IN KANSAS CITY AND SAN FRANCISCO. TUESDAY THE ROYALS BEAT BALTIMORE 2-1 AND THE GIANTS TOPPED ST. LOUIS 5-4. KANSAS CITY NOW HAS A 3-0 LEAD OVER BALTIMORE IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE SERIES WITH THE GIANTS LEADING 2-1 OVER ST. LOUIS IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. IT TAKES FOUR WINS FOR THE RIGHT TO MOVE ON TO BASEBALL'S WORLD SERIES.

Rain postpones ALCS game in Kansas City, game three is tonight

Rain in Kansas City last night forced postponement of game three of the American League Championship Series. The game has been rescheduled for tonight, where the forecast calls for cold and windy weather, but no rain. The Royals lead the series 2-0 after taking both games in Baltimore over the weekend. An oddity about the series is that Baltimore led the American League in home runs, while Kansas City was last. But it has been the home run that put the Royals in the driver's seat for games three, four and five at home.

Cardinals homers tie NLCS at a game each with Giants

The St. Louis Cardinals hit four solo home runs last night, the last one a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth, to even the NLCS at a game each with a 5-4 win over the Giants. The Cardinals scored first on a 3rd inning homer by Matt Carpenter and increased the lead to 2-0 with a run in the fourth. The Giants scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 3-2 lead before the second of the Cardinal's solo shots, a 7th inning pinch hit by Oscar Tavares, tied the game again. Matt Adams hit one out in the eighth to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead, but closer Trevor Rosenthal couldn't protect the lead, allowing the tying run to score from second base on a wild pitch. That set the stage for second baseman Kolten Wong, who sent the crowd home happy with a walk-off homer. Atlanta fans who might be watching Tuesday afternoon's game three in San Francisco will get a look at former Brave Tim Hudson, who gets the game three start for the Giants. The game has a television-dictated 4:07pm starting time.

Cardinals reach NLCS fourth straight year with win over Kershaw, Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw is the likely Cy Young Award winner in the National League, or perhaps the Most Valuable Player. But during the NL divisional series against the Cardinals, Kershaw couldn't get out of the seventh inning. Kershaw gave up eleven runs in his two starts during the series, both losses, with nine of the eleven runs coming in the seventh inning! Last night, the Dodger lefty with the unorthodox delivery, was brilliant through six innings before giving up a 3-run home run to St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams in the seventh inning without retiring a batter. Adams' shot lifted the Cardinals to the NL championship series for the fourth straight year. They will host the Giants in a best-of-seven beginning Saturday. Adams' hit came with Matt Holliday and Jonny Paralta on base. Rookie reliever Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals first round draft pick in 2013, was the winning pitcher, his second win of the series.

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