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Fox Sports South:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Fredi Gonzalez is leaving the Atlanta Braves for a whirlwind, cross-country trek back to Georgia.
After managing Thursday night's series opener at San Francisco, Gonzalez is set to depart from the Bay Area at 6 a.m. on Friday so he can arrive in Statesboro, Ga., in time to attend his daughter's graduation from Georgia Southern first thing Saturday morning.
He will fly from San Francisco to Atlanta, then to Savannah before renting a car and driving another 45 minutes to Statesboro.
"I couldn't be any further away," Gonzalez said of playing out West. "Hey, whatever it takes, if you've got to take Stagecoach or Pony Express to go see your daughter graduate college, you've got to do it. ... I wonder where Chipper's (Jones) at. I'd think he'd swing by and come get me."
Bench coach Carlos Tosca, a former Toronto Blue Jays skipper, will manage in Gonzalez's place for two games -- and even again Sunday if the first two are wins, Gonzalez joked. He is scheduled to return late Saturday.
"If he loses them, he gets credit," Gonzalez said. "No matter what, it goes under mine. He's more than capable of doing it. He's managed, he's done it, we've been together seven years. ... If they go out and win three in a row, they may not want me back. I tell you what, if we win those two games I may stay out Sunday. You can't play with superstition, right?"
Gabrielle "Gigi" Gonzalez is set to earn a bachelor's degree in marketing and public relations, and has an internship set to begin in Atlanta. She is the oldest of Gonzalez's two children.
"She did it in four years. I'm going to go watch her walk. I'm so pumped up," the proud father said. "Some summer school, a lot of sleepless nights but she got it done. I'm really excited for her. ... I got a text from her the other day that, This degree is yours and mom's for helping me go through college.' I'm really excited to see her. I told my wife to make sure we pack some handkerchiefs."
BEST OF MAXIM
The Atlanta Braves are hoping to have starting pitcher Brandon Beachy return by mid-June. Beachy threw his final live batting practice session on Thursday.
On Sunday Beachy will throw a bullpen session and then the right hander will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday or Thursday.
Beachy, 26, has been working his way back from Tommy John surgery and has not had any setbacks thus...
The Atlanta Braves have signed outfielder Brandon Boggs to a minor league contract. The veteran was designated for assignment this past weekend and will serve as outfield depth for the Atlanta organization.
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ATLANTA After a rough go of things in his recent outings, Craig Kimbrel finally got over the 100-save plateau in San Francisco, shutting the door on the Giants in AT&T Park Thursday night.
With the milestone in hand, the young closer continues along his historic rate. At 24, he became the second-youngest player to ever reach the mark not to mention his 15.7 strikeout per nine...
Who will be the odd man out when Brandon Beachy returns?
In a few weeks Brandon Beachy will come off the disabled list ready to assume his role as a Braves starter. Beachy had Tommy John surgery 11 months ago, and his rehab is a little ahead of schedule.
Beachy had a solid rookie year in 2011, and then last season in 13 starts he had one of the lowest starter ERAs in the majors...
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— Lauren T. (@BravesLove) May 10, 2013
MLB.com: Kimbrel earns 100th career save (with video)
At this age and this rate, he can totally surpass Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman and all the other great closers in history. I'm so glad he's a Brave. :)
Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann, left...
Atlanta Braves right-handed starting pitcher Brandon Beachy is set to begin his minor league rehab assignment next week, according to David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Beachy threw a batting-practice session yesterday, and assuming his arm continues to respond well he'll throw a side session on Sunday before beginning his stint in the minors next week...
Dan Uggla is rolling
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Justin Upton was the hottest of all Uptons for a while...
Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward began his minor league rehab assignment yesterday, and if all continues to go well during his recovery process he could return to the majors early next week, according to David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
During his first minor league rehab appearance, Heyward went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and a walk for the Braves...
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Video after the jump
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Dan Uggla and Juan Francisco helped Atlanta quickly forget a terrible ending.
Uggla hit a pair of solo homers and Francisco added his first career grand slam as the Braves recovered from a stunning last-swing loss by beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 Wednesday.
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The Nationals are finally starting to show some Nattitude.
Official statement from FOX Sports South:
“Dish has been offered the same fair market rate that other providers have agreed to. Unfortunately for Braves fans, Dish appears to have no interest in working towards an agreement to carry these games.”
I have been saying for weeks that it just doesn't seem like Dish is trying very hard. They tweet the same thing over and over...