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Atlanta Braves

Stadium: Turner Field | Manager: Fredi Gonzalez
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Braves.2415731233.38
NL East3rd5th3rd2nd
National League 9th13th10th3rd

Schedule

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1:05 pm EST
Wed Mar 4
NYM
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1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 5
at DET
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1:05 pm EST
Fri Mar 6
WAS
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
DET
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1:10 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
at NYM
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
at HOU
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1:05 pm EDT
Mon Mar 9
at WAS
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1:05 pm EDT
Tue Mar 10
NYM
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1:05 pm EDT
Wed Mar 11
STL
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7:05 pm EDT
Thu Mar 12
at NYY
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1:05 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
DET
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1:10 pm EDT
Fri Mar 13
at NYM
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6:05 pm EDT
Sat Mar 14
HOU

Standings

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Washington0-00-0
Philadelphia0-00-0
Miami0-00-0
Atlanta0-00-0
New York0-00-0
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Braves' Luis Avilan feeling good heading into bullpen competition
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Braves left-handed pitcher Luis Avilan is competing for a spot in the bullpen this spring after enduring a down season last year, and he's confident he's getting back to the form he showed in 2013, MLB.com reports.

"I feel like all the work I've done in the offseason is really paying off," Avilan said. "I feel really good with my bullpen [sessions] and my live BP. I've been feeling really good with my pitches. The location has been really good, better than last year."

Avilan made 10 appearances in winter ball after posting a 4.57 ERA and 25:21 K:BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings in 2014.

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Braves' Rio Ruiz happy choosing baseball over football
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Braves third-base prospect Rio Ruiz was once recruited to play quarterback with USC but said Tuesday he has no regrets about choosing baseball over football, MLB.com reports.

"Playing baseball doesn't stop me from throwing a football," Ruiz said. "I throw it as much as I can. During the season, I usually put it into my throwing routine too. So I'll bring a football out during BP and throw it around before I throw a baseball. I joke around and say I should have played football instead of baseball every time I throw it around. But I know I made the right decision."

Traded to Atlanta this offseason, Ruiz is set to begin the year with Double-A Mississippi, and if he can turn in a successful 2015 campaign, he could enter next spring as the favorite to start at third base. He hit .293/.387/.436 with 11 home runs and 77 RBI in 516 at-bats and drew 82 walks with high Class A Lancaster last season.

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Braves 2B Jose Peraza could see time at shortstop this spring
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that second-base prospect Jose Peraza could see time at shortstop this spring, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Gonzalez plans to play all the team's young middle infielders at both second base and shortstop this spring, aside from starting shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Peraza is in competition to start at second base, but an ability to handle the shortstop position could presumably increase his chances of sticking on the big-league roster even if he doesn't win a starting role.

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Braves CF Eric Young batting leadoff in spring opener
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Braves outfielder Eric Young Jr. will play in center field and bat leadoff in the team's spring-training opener against the Mets Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Young is competing with three other outfielders to serve as the team's center fielder while Melvin Upton Jr. is on the mend. He hit .229/.299/.311 with one home run, 17 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 280 at-bats with the Mets last season. Young has delivered a career .254/.321/.333 line in 1,204 at-bats while batting atop the lineup.

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Braves' Andrelton Simmons: I'm 'taking it slow' with swinging a bat
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Although he has already resumed baseball activities, the Braves aren't going to push shortstop Andrelton Simmons (oblique) back into game action quickly. Simmons told MLB.com on Tuesday that he's "taking it slow" with swinging a bat. He's not expected to play in spring games until next week.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGFreddie Freeman , 1B.288
HRJustin Upton , LF29
RBIJustin Upton , LF102
OBPFreddie Freeman , 1B.386
SLGJustin Upton , LF.491
RFreddie Freeman , 1B93
SBEmilio Bonifacio , CF26
WJulio Teheran , SP14
ERAAlex Wood , SP2.78
WHIPJulio Teheran , SP1.08
KJulio Teheran , SP186
SVCraig Kimbrel , RP47

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