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 retur...