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Jurrjens was slowed by flu during bad start

The Sports Xchange
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--RHP Jair Jurrjens started Friday night for Triple-A Gwinnett even though he was leveled by the flu. And it showed as he gave up 12 hits, including three home runs, and 10 runs (six earned) in only 4 2/3 innings. Jurrjens was stung when the Braves sent RHP Kris Medlen to Gwinnett on Thursday to get stretched out to join the Braves' rotation; he believes that means they're no longer interested in him.

--RHP Kris Medlen's first stretch-out start for Triple-A Gwinnett came on Saturday, not Friday, as he originally thought. The Braves didn't want to disrupt RHP Jair Jurrjens's schedule, and he was already penciled in for Friday. Medlen's start did not go well; he was lifted after 66 pitches, which took him through only 2 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs on five hits and struck out four.

--1B Freddie Freeman endorses Under Armour, but he'll be sticking with the custom glasses the Oakley company made for him. He knew from the moment he put them on that they were perfect. There's no change from the way he can see indoors versus outdoors, and he doesn't have to alter his closed batting stance to be able to hit. Under Armour will go back to the drawing board; its glasses are framed around the lower edges while the Oakleys aren't.

--OF Jose Constanza had gone 6-for-10 with two runs scored in three consecutive games started in left field through Saturday. Nevertheless, manager Fredi Gonzalez, sticking to lefty-righty matchups, sat him for Sunday's game against Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez in favor of right-handed hitting OF Matt Diaz. Diaz didn't hit Gonzalez and was lifted in the late innings for Constanza.

--INF Ruben Gotay, who last appeared in the majors with Atlanta in 2008, was re-acquired by the Braves in a cash deal with the Blue Jays. Gotay, 29, had hit .346/.435/.385 with no homers and 14 RBI in 22 games for Class AAA Last Vegas.

--RHP Lucas Sims, a local kid who's the Georgia Region 8-AAAAA Pitcher of the Year, was taken by the Braves with their first pick in the draft, 21st overall. Sims, 6-2, 195, had an 8-1 record while leading Brookwood High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to the state championship. And he started at shortstop for three years, too. Tony DeMacio, the Braves' director of scouting calls Sims a "great athlete with a great arm and great makeup."

BY THE NUMBERS
13 -- Home runs given up by LHP Mike Minor in 58 innings.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Supposedly." -- LHP Mike Minor on the fact that his changeup is his best pitch. That's the pitch he has used when he has given up most of his home runs.

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