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New York Yankees 8 — Atlanta Braves 3
Outfielder Almonte shined on offense and defense in the 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves to open Spring Training.
Early in Spring Training, defense isn’t as solid as you want and for the Atlanta Braves, this was evident. An error by third baseman Chris Johnson put outfielder Melky Mesa on base. Mesa would steal second and advance to third on a passed ball but he would be able to walk home. Outfielder Zoilo Almonte would hit a 2-run home run off of former Angels reliever Jordan Walden with Mesa on third, beginning a 4-run 3rd inning that would contain another of the Braves’ 3 errors of the day. Second baseman Robinson Cano would go opposite field with a home run in the 5th inning. As any Spring Training would go, there was a mass substitution in the 7th inning as the Yankees continued to see what their organization possesses. On 3 hits and 3 walks, many minor league players and Spring Training invitees put on a good show as...