MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - INSIDE PITCH


LOS ANGELES -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday he has tried to ignore much of the speculation swirling before Thursday's trade deadline.

One can't believe everything one hears and reads, Gonzalez said. Take the suitors for pitcher Jake Peavy, for example. The Braves reportedly were among the clubs trying to acquire Peavy, who was obtained last week by the San Francisco Giants in a deal with the Boston Red Sox.

Gonzalez said general manager Fred Wren called him to say the Braves' pursuit was inaccurate.

"He says, 'Fredi, we haven't even talked with that team,'" Gonzalez said. "He said we haven't talked to them since we saw them in Boston."

Still, Wren keeps Gonzalez abreast of potential trades, but Gonzalez says he doesn't concern himself until a deal is made.

"We spend so much time talking, so there's no need to be huddled up on the phone," Gonzalez said. "I'm sure he's getting calls, making calls. I don't need to be involved in that. I don't want to be involved in that."

Gonzalez added that the Braves are fine with their current roster. He pointed to the National League East standings, where they trail the Washington Nationals by a game and a half.

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MLB Team Report - Atlanta Braves - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 58-50

STREAK: Lost two

NEXT: Braves (RHP Julio Teheran, 10-6, 2.71 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 12-2, 1.76 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--LHP Alex Wood had a strong outing in Wednesday night's loss to the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing a run on six hits in seven innings. He did not figure in the decision. Wood threw 114 pitches (68 strikes). The lone run Wood allowed was Matt Kemp's home run in the second inning. "He made some tough pitches against a tough lineup," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Every time he goes out he gives you an opportunity."

--RF Jason Heyward didn't start for the second consecutive game because of back soreness. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Heyward probably would be held out for a few more days. "We talked about it today and he still wasn't feeling well," Gonzalez said.

--OF Justin Upton smoked a 2-2 pitch from closer Kenley Jansen for a solo blast to left to tie the score at 2 with no outs in the ninth against the Dodgers on Wednesday night. The Braves, though, lost in 10 innings, 3-2. It was Upton's 19th homer of the season. "Justin had a great swing on that ball," Gonzalez said.

--OF B.J. Upton fanned four times against RHP Zack Greinke in Wednesday night's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers in 10 innings. Upton has struck out in seven of his last eight at-bats. Upton, the Braves' leadoff hitter, is batting .215 on the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We spend so much time talking, so there's no need to be huddled up on the phone. I'm sure he's getting calls, making calls. I don't need to be involved in that. I don't want to be involved in that." -- Manager Fredi Gonzalez, on the communication between him and general manager Fred Wren as the trade deadline approaches.