ATLANTA -- Taking three cuts after the Braves' 8-3 win over the Twins at Turner Field on Wednesday.
1. No McCann? No J. Upton? No Simmons? No problem
With a number of the Braves' starters out following Tuesday night's extra-innings, rain-delayed win manager Fredi Gonzalez sat some of his starters for the noon start, including Brain McCann, Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons.
But the players that stepped into their spots -- most notably and triumphantly Evan Gattis -- that did some of the biggest damage as Atlanta won its sixth straight.
One night after a two-out, pinch-hit home run that sent the game to extra innings, Gattis, who was starting in McCann's place, smacked his first career grand slam as he muscled a 92-mph cutter from Vance Worley on a 3-0 count just over the 330-foot mark on the right-field fence. As he was rounding the bases, the theme from "The Natural" played.
"That's the second time this year I've seen a 3-0 grand slam the opposite way for a right-handed hit...