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If spring training seems longer this year, that’s because it is. One week longer, to be exact. For those players who have agreed to represent their home countries in the World Baseball Classic, however, spring is much shorter than usual. For Braves’ shortstop Andrelton Simmons, spring training is already over (at least for now), and he’s playing meaningful baseball one month earlier than most of his Braves teammates. As a member of the Netherlands national squad, Simmons took on South Korea on Saturday, logging 3 hits and 2 runs in 5 at-bats.
Braves closer, Craig Kimbrel, will also be departing very soon to represent the United States in the international tournament.
While the WBC gets underway, big league clubs capped off a week’s worth of spring training exhibition games. The Braves had a good week with a few surprises as well as some great strides by players that have always had the potential to make this club a contender.
First, this week’s scores (2/22-3/1):
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— Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) March 3, 2013
Last year I had some spoilery quotes to share but no goodies this year - I just got a generic press release, nothing special. Watch at 7pm ET tonight on MLB Network, or come over to my house and have some...
Evan Gattis has hit everywhere he has been
Braves right-handed power hitter Evan Gattis continued his good work Saturday against the Astros, as he lined a single to left, and hit a sacrifice fly in two at bats. Gattis is now hitting .500 on the spring (7 of 14) with two doubles, a homer, and three RBIs.
Gattis has hit everywhere he has been the past few years, including the minors...
Could Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez tab Tyler Pastornicky for a bench spot?
Conventional wisdom is that Evan Gattis, Jordan Schafer, or Jose Constanza, will win the fifth spot on the Braves bench. Gattis has tremendous power, Schafer has speed and can play all three outfield positions, and Constanza has proven that he can be productive in the major leagues.
But with the multiple...
Uggla often starts slow in the spring and early season
It is still early in the Braves spring camp, so no need to worry about anything yet, right? Players are still getting into shape and after all, the games don’t count.
That is all true, but in the case of Dan Uggla, is it already time to be concerned? Uggla is notoriously not a good spring and early season player, so we...
Jarvis Jones, former Georgia Bulldog linebacker who caused havoc on the football field, threw out the first pitch at the Atlanta Braves baseball game in a Braves uniform. Jones is entering the NFL Draft and is projecting to be a high pick. A nice move by the Braves to let the in state star throw out the first pitch. Jones put up video game like stats this year in the rigorous SEC.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- B.J. Upton hit his first home run in an Atlanta Braves' uniform, a two-run drive off Doug Fister in the fourth inning Sunday of a 6-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Upton, who like brother Justin joined the Braves during the offseason, is batting .368 (7 for 19) in the exhibition season. Justin Upton had an RBI double in the fifth against Bruce Rondon....
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer Craig Kimbrel has a tough encore in 2013.
After all, he's coming off one of the most dominant seasons for a closer in baseball history.
Kimbrel had 42 saves for the Atlanta Braves, but that only tells part of the story. His ERA was a microscopic 1.01. He allowed just 27 hits in 62 2-3 innings...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Bryce Harper homered for Washington, Jason Heyward went deep for Atlanta, and the Nationals knocked off the Braves 6-5 in a spring training game Friday night.
Harper hit his first homer of the spring in the top of the first. He finished 1 for 3, leaving his exhibition average at .538 (7 of 13).
Heyward hit his third spring homer in the bottom half. He also...
Former UGA star Jarvis Jones throws out the first pitch at Braves game. (Photo compliments Disney Sports and Todd Anderson, photographer)
Former UGA star and prospective NFL first round draft choice, Jarvis Jones, was at the Braves’ game Sunday against the Detroit Tigers at Champion Stadium to throw out the first pitch.
Jones was a consensus All-American, and first team All-SEC...