Found February 23, 2013 on
Most baseball fans look forward to a few key dates. They can spout off the date that pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. They can tell you when Opening Day is and who their team will be playing. And, diehard fans know exactly when Spring Training exhibition games began. That date was yesterday. The Braves opened exhibition play against the Detroit Tigers.
Thursday’s game against the Tigers was manager Fredi Gonzalez’ first time to tinker with his offseason-improved lineup. We will surely see the same lineup regularly throughout the 2013 season:
3-J. Upton (LF)
5-B. Upton (CF)
The only changes we are likely to see, other than the lack of designated hitter in the National League, is a platoon situation at third base with Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson. Fredi has said he will give each a shot to earn the spot, but with Francisco’s limited options, a ...
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Finally, the Braves photo day pictures were posted! Here are some of the position players, pitchers in another post. :)
How is this the opening mug of the album?
Well, at least he got the eyebrows fixed...marginally. ;)
Cuter in person.
Always looks great.
I like this guy much more after meeting him.
We've heard he's a goofball. I think you can tell in this picture. ...
Finally, the Braves photo day pictures were posted! Here are the pitchers, position players in another post. :)
Going to dominate this year. ...Wait, what's that tattoo?
Beachy, those curls. No. You are a grown man, and your name is not Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Sean Gilmartin looks a little goofier than usual here. He really is handsome, y'all.
I like Huddy without facial hair...
Atlanta Braves Snap Back (Photo credit: GlobalGoodGroup)
Some young Atlanta Braves players have made their mark so far in the spring games.
Evan Gattis “El Oso Blanco” doubled and jerked a fast ball into the left field berm for a long home run against the Yankees, Saturday, from the designated hitter spot.
“That’s what he can do,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after...
Here are 10 things we blindly gleaned from listening to Braves-Tigers on the radio, as the clubs launched the official start of exhibition play on Friday.
But first, a mini-rant:
In this age of lightning-speed Internet and absurdly advanced technologies, you'd think Major League Baseball would allow Web consumers to purchase the closed-circuit feed of every Grapefruit and Cactus...
Teheran and Gilmartin were both sharp Sunday against the Pirates
The Atlanta Braves dropped their third straight spring game, 9-2 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, at the Pirates’ spring complex in Bradenton, Florida.
Despite the loss, there were encouraging performances by starter Julio Teheran, and up and coming lefty, Sean Gilmartin. Teheran pitched two hitless innings while...
The Braves face the Yankees Saturday at 1:05
No matter what happens in major league baseball spring games, whether it is good or bad, the caveat is always that it is just spring training, and players are just getting ready for the regular season. You hear players say that over and over again in different ways.
Yet, there are common threads to the regular season. Whether the games...
Tim Hudson started and pitched two scoreless innings
The Atlanta Braves pitchers were in mid-season form Friday afternoon, as the Braves opened their spring training season against the Detroit Tigers at Champion Stadium with seven no-hit innings. Unfortunately, the bats were still in deep winter slumber, as the Tigers nipped the Braves, 2-1.
The Braves lone run came on a solo homer...
Spring Training statistics are hardly a good way to judge upcoming success but none-the-less everyone likes to start with a strong outing. That was just the case for Tim Hudson on Friday.
As spring games opened Hudson took the mound for the Braves. A similar situation could occur on opening day.
Hudson pitched two hitless innings against Detroit. He walked a batter...
Happy first game of spring training day, everyone! The Tigers take on the Atlanta Braves in Kissimmee, Fla. The first pitch is at 1:05 PM and the game can be heard on WXYT-FM (97.1). in Metro Detroit.
The late great Ernie Harwell used to open every spring training with the following from Song of Solomon…
The Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees tangle at 1:05 today (February 23) at Champion Stadium. Veteran left hander, Paul Maholm, will start today for the Braves. The right handed David Phelps is the Yankees scheduled starter.
The Braves pitchers scheduled to follow Maholm are: Jordan Walden, Anthony Varvaro, Cory Rasmus, Yohan Flande, and J.R. Graham.
The Braves will try...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- The first game of spring training can provide some unusual scenarios.
Such as Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera facing Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel -- in the third inning.
Coming off baseball's first Triple Crown season since 1967, Cabrera grounded out against Kimbrel before finishing his day with a drive to the warning track in center field, not a factor...