Braves seek to drop injured closer Wagner

ATLANTA, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Braves indicated Sunday they are seeking to drop injured closer Billy Wagner from their post-season roster.

MLB: Atlanta 5, San Francisco 4 (11 inn.)

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Rick Ankiel hit a long home run in the 11th inning Friday, giving the Atlanta Braves a 5-4 win over San Francisco that deadlocked their playoff series.
MLB: Atlanta 5, Washington 0

MLB: Atlanta 5, Washington 0

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Derek Lowe and four Atlanta relievers combined for a six-hit shutout Saturday and the Atlanta Braves whitewashed Washington 5-0.

MLB: Atlanta 2, Florida 0

MIAMI, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Jair Jurrjens threw seven shutout innings and Alex Gonzalez drove in both Atlanta runs Saturday in the Braves' 2-0 win over Florida.

MLB: Atlanta 5, Chicago Cubs 2

CHICAGO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Rick Ankiel drove in three runs with a two-out, ninth-inning triple Friday to hand the Atlanta Braves a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

MLB: Atlanta 3, San Francisco 0

ATLANTA, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Tim Hudson tossed three-hit ball for eight shutout innings Saturday, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 3-0 decision over the San Francisco Giants.

MLB: New York Mets 3, Atlanta 2

ATLANTA, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Jeff Francoeur belted a tie-breaking homer in the ninth inning Tuesday and the New York Mets edged Atlanta 3-2.

MLB: Atlanta 4, New York Mets 1

ATLANTA, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Tim Hudson yielded only one run in six innings and Rick Ankiel collected two RBI Monday in the Atlanta Braves' 4-1 win over the New York Mets.

MLB: Florida 7, Atlanta 6

MIAMI, July 23 (UPI) -- Donnie Murphy singled in Gaby Sanchez from third with two out in the ninth Friday, completing a Florida comeback and giving the Marlins a 7-6 win over Atlanta.

MLB: Atlanta 4, San Diego 1

ATLANTA, July 20 (UPI) -- Jair Jurrjens held San Diego to one run over seven innings and Matt Diaz drove in three runs Tuesday to carry the Atlanta Braves to a 4-1 victory.

MLB: Atlanta 4, Florida 1

ATLANTA, July 3 (UPI) -- Tommy Hanson yielded one unearned run in six-plus innings and Gregor Blanco collected two RBI Saturday in Atlanta's 4-1 win over Florida.

MLB: Atlanta 4, Washington 1

ATLANTA, June 30 (UPI) -- Jair Jurrjens returned to the Atlanta rotation with a win and drove in a run Wednesday in the Braves' 4-1 victory over Washington.

MLB: Atlanta 3, Detroit 1

ATLANTA, June 25 (UPI) -- Brian McCann put Atlanta in front with a solo homer in the fourth Friday and Billy Wagner recorded a milestone save in bringing Atlanta a 3-1 win over Detroit.

MLB: Atlanta 5, Kansas City 4

ATLANTA, June 19 (UPI) -- Troy Glaus bashed a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday to hand the Atlanta Braves a 5-4 inter-league win over Kansas City.

MLB: Atlanta 6, Kansas City 4

ATLANTA, June 18 (UPI) -- Derek Lowe worked 6 1/3 innings and drove in two runs Friday in leading the Atlanta Braves to a 6-4 decision over Kansas City.
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Billy Wagner
New York Mets relief pitcher Billy Wagner shouts at his teammates during warmups prior to his game at Coors Field in Denver on July 3, 2007. Wagner was selected by National League manager Tony LaRussa as a All Star pitcher. Wagner is one of four Mets on the National League All Star team. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)

William Edward Wagner (born July 25, 1971, in Tannersville, Virginia) is a professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Previously, Wagner had pitched for the Houston Astros (1995 - 03), the Philadelphia Phillies (2004 - 05), the New York Mets (2006 - 09), and the Boston Red Sox (2009) teams During his career, Wagner has established himself as one of the best relief pitchers in pro baseball, and he is sometimes known for his ability to occasionally throw a fastball at a speed of 100 m.p.h., despite being relatively short for a Major League Baseball player. Wagner is one of the few Major League relief pitchers to accumulate a total of 400 or more saves in his professional career.

Wagner was a natural-born right-handed person, but after breaking his right arm twice in accidents, he taught himself to throw baseballs using his left arm by throwing thousands of balls against the wall of a barn, and then fielding the rebounds, and repeating.

Wagner went to school in the Tazewell school system, and he graduated from the Tazewell High School, where he was named the Baseball Player of the Year in 1990. He next attended Ferrum College, a quite small college in Virginia, and in his one year as a student-athlete there, he recorded a record of 16 wins and four losses. Wagner also set single-season N.C.A.A. records for strikeouts per nine innings, with 19.1 in 1992, and fewest hits allowed per nine innings, with just 1.88. Wagner holds the N.C.A.A. Division III mark for career strikeouts, with 227 in 182 1/3 innings pitched.

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