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worst seasons on record last season, the team finishing with a 6-17-11 record. The team has turned things around in 2014, though

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ATLANTA -- The Braves big bear is healthy. John Matuszak Jersey . That was bad news for Colorados Franklin Morales. After sitting out most of the week with an illness, Evan Gattis homered twice to support Julio Teherans six scoreless innings and Atlanta beat the Rockies 7-0 on Sunday. Gattis was given the nickname "El Oso Blanco" -- Spanish for "The White Bear" -- as a rookie in 2013, when he hit 21 homers. He is on pace for a bigger year as he has replaced Brian McCann as the teams primary catcher. Gattis (6 foot 4, 260 pounds) drove in three runs with the two homers, giving him 10. "Hes a big, strong boy," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. Justin Upton and Chris Johnson added two-run homers for the NL East-leading Braves, who have won six of eight. Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the game in the eighth inning. He appeared to limp slightly while walking slowly off the field, accompanied by a trainer. He said he avoided an injury when he hit his left foot on his backswing. "I think Im all right," Tulowitzki said. Gattis missed four games with viral symptoms. He returned with no hits and a walk in Saturdays 3-1 loss to the Rockies before hitting a homer in the second and a two-run shot in the fourth off Franklin Morales (3-4) on Sunday. "Ive got my strength back -- or lucky," Gattis said. Teheran (4-3) began the day fourth in the NL in ERA. He lowered his average from 1.92 to 1.77 with six scoreless innings. He had seven strikeouts while allowing only four hits. It was the second straight dominant win for Teheran, who was coming off his second shutout of the season, a 5-0 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday. After throwing a career-high 128 pitches against the Brewers, Gonzalez limited the right-hander to 93 pitches on Sunday. "That worked out great," Gonzalez said. "We want these guys for 35 starts, and he understood right away. Weve got to keep an eye on these guys. We want them for the long haul." Anthony Vavaro pitched two perfect innings and Luis Avilan recorded the final three outs to complete the combined four-hitter. Morales lasted only 4 2-3 innings, giving up five runs and three walks and five hits, including three homers. Johnson added to the lead with his two-run homer off Nick Masset in the eighth. "This Atlanta club hits the ball in the seats," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Thats what they do. "A couple of balls got elevated and they hit them out." Gattis hit his first homer off Morales with one out in the second, a towering shot that sent centre fielder Charlie Blackmon crashing into the wall near the 400-foot mark. Upton walked with one out in the fourth before Gattis lined his second homer of the day about 12 rows deep into the left-field seats. Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez took one step to his right before standing and watching the homer quickly reach the seats. "I tried to use both sides of the plate, but sometimes I missed my spots and thats why I got hit," Morales said. Teheran didnt look sharp early. Blackmon and Michael Cuddyer had back-to-back singles to open the game before Teheran recovered with three straight outs. In the second, a single by Charlie Culberson and fielding error by second baseman Tyler Pastornicky on D.J. LeMahieus grounder put runners on first and second with one out. Following a sacrifice by Morales, Teheran escaped the inning when shortstop Andrelton Simmons charged a grounder by Blackmon, who was out on a close play at first. NOTES: The three homers allowed by Morales set a season high. ... Josh Rutledge replaced Tulowitzki at shortstop. ... ... Gonzalez said Pastornicky and Ramiro Pena are not in a strict platoon at second base. Gonzalez said Dan Uggla would start "whenever we feel we can get a good matchup." ... The Braves open a two-game series against the Red Sox on Monday when RHP Ervin Santana faces Boston RHP Clay Buchholz. ... The Rockies move to Philadelphia, where RHP Jhoulys Chacin will face RHP Kyle Kendrick on Monday. Otis Sistrunk Jersey . Salah, who scored against Chelsea in two Champions League group matches this season, is Jose Mourinhos third significant recruit in the January transfer window after Nemanja Matic and Bertrand Traore. Oakland Raiders Jerseys .Y. - The Philadelphia Eagles game at Green Bay against the Packers on Nov. .J. -- The New York Jets have promoted Tony Sparano Jr.Toronto FC has shaken up its coaching ranks, dismissing Ryan Nelsen as head coach and naming TFC Academy Director Greg Vanney as his replacement. General manager Tim Bezbatchenko has stated that Vanney will be the head coach moving forward and that the move does not come with an "interim" tag. Gone with Nelsen is the majority of the teams assistant coaches, including Fran OLeary, Jim Brennan, Duncan Oughton, goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr, and strength and conditioning coach Adrian Lamb. Reports have also surfaced that the team may be on the verge of moving star striker Jermain Defoe back to the Barclays Premier League, possibly to Nelsens old club: Queens Park Rangers. Bezbatchenko also commented on those rumours, noting that a player of Defoes stature would always be in demand to top-flight clubs. "We have received an offer [for Defoe] and we have discussed it internally," Bezbatchenko said. "We are in talks. We are speaking with him, but no decision has been made." Defoe - who has missed four of the clubs last five games - is currently not with the club and is receiving treatment for his injured groin. "Jermain has over delivered on my expectations," Bezbatchenko said. "We are in regular contact with QPR & we will figure out whats best for him." TSN soccer analyst Kristian Jack has reported that Defoe is currently in England. He has scored a club-leading 11 goals in only 16 games in 2014. That total puts him in a tie for fifth in the Major League Soccer scorers table. As to the timing of the move, Bezbatchenko said it had everything to do with the remaining games on the calendar and not with recent critical comments made by Nelsen. "We have 10 games remaining, so thats 30 points that are out there had we waited any longer," Bezbatchenko said at the news conference. The team has two games scheduled over the course of the next week: a home-and-away set with the Philadelphia Union, who sit just three points back of TFC in the Eastern Conference standings. Nelsen was critical of Bezbatchenko following his teams 3-0 loss to the New England Revolution on Saturday. Bezbatchenko publiclyy stressed the importance of the game prior to kick-off, a move that irked Nelsen. Gareon Conley Jersey. In post-game comments Nelsen - himself a former New Zealand international - went off on his GM. "Ive won this league, played in it for four years, been in the (English) Premier League for 10 years, played in a World Cup, Olympics. Ive played in some pretty hot pressure games," he said. "One thing that I do know is this was not one of them." "It affected the guys," he said of the comments. "What we do at Toronto FC is we keep it in-house - everything we do, we keep inside the four walls. And the players, coaching staff, everything, stays within the four walls." Vanney was hired in December, 2013 after serving as part of the Los Angeles Galaxys Academy staff. “Greg is a visionary when it comes to player development. He shares our Clubs passion for innovation and is an educator of both players and coaches," Bezbatchenko said upon hiring Vanney in December. "We are pleased to welcome him to Toronto FC,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. Vanney is looking for a homegrown solution to the clubs long-term success. "I believe in the Canadian player," he said Sunday. "I believe they are integral to our team." The 36-year-old Nelsen was named head coach in January of 2013 despite still being an active player for the English Premier Leagues Queens Park Rangers. He would leave QPR three weeks later to take up his duties with Toronto FC. He guided Toronto FC to one of their worst seasons on record last season, the team finishing with a 6-17-11 record. The team has turned things around in 2014, though, in large part to the additions of high-profile internationals Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley. Toronto FC currently sits tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference with 33 points through 24 games (9-9-6), on-pace for their first ever MLS Cup Playoffs berth. Toronto FC has had eight different head coaches over its seven-plus seasons in Major League Soccer. 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