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Diaz in rare class with three GIDPs, homer: Matt Diaz grounded into three double plays Tuesday. He was one short of the Major League record of four. He tied a Braves franchise record, held by Walt Cruise vs. Cincinnati, Sept. 13, 1921, and Joe Adcock vs. Pittsburgh, July 20, 1955.
The Inside Pitch: Green hits winning homer for Red Sox: Nick Green hit the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth just inside the right-field foul pole 302 feet from home plate to give the Red Sox a 6-5 win over the Braves at Fenway Park. Jonathan Papelbon fanned Matt Diaz with the bases loaded to end the Atlanta ninth.
Kawakami, Braves prevail in duel: Making sure the most impressive start of Kenshin Kawakami's career wasn't squandered, Matt Diaz delivered an eighth-inning leadoff double that put him in position to score the only run in the Braves' 1-0 win over the Jays.
Diaz leads charge against Johan: Derek Lowe benefited from the Braves' charge, lead by Matt Diaz, to notch the win in Monday night's 8-3 contest over the Mets and their ace, Johan Santana, at Citi Field.
Braves sign Diaz to one-year contract: The Braves signed Matt Diaz to a one-year contract on Thursday and now have four remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players.
NL NOTES: Knee injury to sideline Braves' Diaz a month: Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Diaz will be out at least a month after injuring his left knee attempting to make a catch. Diaz underwent an MRI on Thursday that showed a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament. Team doctors estimate he will be out four to six weeks.
NL NOTES: Braves place OF Diaz on 15-day DL: Atlanta Braves' OF Matt Diaz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury on Wednesday.
Diaz to DL with ligament strain: After Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park, the Braves announced that outfielder Matt Diaz is going on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury. The original diagnosis is that he suffered a posterior cruciate ligament strain. When he returns to Atlanta on Wednesday, the 30-year-old outfielder will get a better idea of the severity of his injury.
Braves beat Padres in ninth inning: The Atlanta Braves waited until the last inning of a memorable homestand to put an end to a streak of one-run futility they hope to forget. The Braves finally won a one-run game when Matt Diaz hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning to beat the San...
Braves 9, Phillies 8: ATLANTA (AP) -- If the Braves somehow make the playoffs, this is the one they'll remember. Overcoming two large deficits, Atlanta pulled out a 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Matt Diaz's three-run double with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday.
Braves' comeback shocks Phils 9-8: The Braves will have a hard time making the playoffs, despite their most remarkable comeback of the season. So they celebrated as though this one was for a championship. Matt Diaz capped an improbable rally with a two-out, three-run double in the ninth inning, giving Atlanta a 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
Braves rally to stun Phillies 9-8: If the Braves somehow make the playoffs, this is the one they'll remember. Overcoming two large deficits, Atlanta pulled out a 9-8 victory over the Phillies on Matt Diaz's three-run double with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday.
Hanging around: Don't count the Braves out yet. Matt Diaz' three-run double helped Atlanta rally from an 8-2 deficit and beat the Phillies on Wednesday.
Braves rally from 6 down, stun Phils 9-8 (AP):
Atlanta Braves players, from left, Matt Diaz, Chipper Jones and Mark Teixeira celebrate defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 in a baseball game in Atlanta,Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. Diaz hit a thee-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Braves the win. " align="left" border="0">
The Braves will have a hard time making the playoffs, despite their most remarkable comeback of the season. So they went ahead and celebrated as though this one was for a championship. Matt Diaz capped an improbable rally with a two-out, three-run double in the ninth inning, giving Atlanta a 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.
Dynamic Diaz lifts Braves over Marlins: Matt Diaz's first career multi-homer game helped carry the Braves past the Marlins, 7-4, on Wednesday to take the rubber match of a three-game series at Dolphin Stadium.
Braves 7, Marlins 4: MIAMI (AP) -- Matt Diaz homered twice and the Atlanta Braves salvaged a win at the end of a disappointing trip Wednesday, beating Dontrelle Willis and the Florida Marlins 7-4.
NL | Braves power past Willis, Marlins: MIAMI - Matt Diaz homered twice as the Atlanta Braves salvaged a win at the end of a disappointing trip yesterday, beating Dontrelle Willis (8-14) and the Florida Marlins by 7-4.
Diaz homers twice to lead Braves over Marlins: Matt Diaz homered twice and the Atlanta Braves salvaged a win at the end of a disappointing trip yesterday, beating Dontrelle Willis and the host Florida Marlins, 7-4.
Harris may be perfect fit for Braves: Willie Harris is showing no signs of fatigue. The 28-year-old has found a niche as Atlanta's designated masher against right-handed pitchers as part of a platoon in left field with Matt Diaz, seeing his average hover near the .400 mark all season.
Smoltz injures shoulder in Braves' loss (AP):
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After an awful first inning, Ben Sheets reassured manager Ned Yost everything was OK. After leaving the game early with a couple of aches, John Smoltz said he was fine, too. Sheets brushed off a poor first inning, Prince Fielder hit his NL-leading 17th homer and J.J. Hardy added the go-ahead RBI single to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past Atlanta 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Smoltz outduels Glavine for milestone win: John Smoltz became baseball's first pitcher with 200 wins and 150 saves, recording his 200th win with another triumph over one of his best friends.Smoltz beat Tom Glavine with seven shutout innings and Matt Diaz homered to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets on Thursday night. Making his third start of the season against Glavine, his Atlanta teammate from 1988-2002, Smoltz (7-2) became the NL's first seven-game winner.
Notes: No decision yet on left fielder: With Opening Day two weeks away, the identity of the Braves' left-fielder is still up in the air. It's currently a three-way competition among Ryan Langerhans, Craig Wilson and Matt Diaz, but there's a possibility that Atlanta could use a platoon at the position.
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