Posted March 31, 2013 on AP on Fox
Jason Heyward moved into THE locker on Sunday - the spot in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse used by Chipper Jones. Another confirmation of a new era in Atlanta comes Monday night, when Jones throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Braves open their season against Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies. While Jones has retired, expectations are high in Atlanta after the Braves added brothers Justin and B.J. Upton to join Heyward in the outfield. The Braves are looking for a repeat trip to the playoffs after a wild-card loss to St. Louis last season. Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson, who will platoon at third base, combined for nine home runs in spring training. First baseman Freddie Freeman, the Upton brothers and rookie catcher Evan Gattis also had big springs as the Braves led the NL with 49 homers. Gattis hit a homer that landed in the parking lot outside the Braves' Double A Mississippi park in the team's final exhibition game on Saturday night. The big catcher had t...
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